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Mental Illness

How to Help Someone Who is Experiencing a Depressive Episode

Depressive episodes are emotionally and physically draining. It can be crippling, even. It can prevent us from thinking rationally, taking care of ourselves, taking care of household chores, having normal social interactions, and in severe cases, prevent us from being able to function properly at work. It is very hard…...

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The Fear of Abandonment

The fear of abandonment is essentially one of the many forms of anxiety. It’s technically not a phobia, though many, including myself, strongly disagree with its non-qualification as one. The closest phobia to the fear of abandonment is autophobia. Autophobia is the dread or fear of being isolated, or alone.…...

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Suicide Does Not “Pass the Pain”

⚠ CONTENT WARNING   This post contains potentially sensitive or triggering content. If you are currently struggling with your mental health or know someone who is, it may be advisable for you to bookmark this post and come back to it later.     “Suicide doesn’t take the pain away;…...

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Suicidal Ideations

⚠ CONTENT WARNING   This post contains potentially sensitive or triggering content. If you are currently struggling with your mental health or know someone who is, it may be advisable for you to bookmark this post and come back to it later.     I’ve been struggling with my mental…...

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My First Experience with the Crisis Text Line

At the beginning of February 2019, I lost my job because of my mental health (missing too many days of work). It triggered a severe depressive episode that hasn’t yet subsided. Not only do I feel like a failure, but I also feel useless and worthless. I can no longer…...

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How to Talk About Suicide

For Suicide Awareness Month, I thought I’d share what I learned having been taught elementary intervention for those contemplating suicide. Being trained to be a suicide alert helper showed me how to navigate a serious subject with candor. Here are a few important take-aways.     1. Know Your Resources…...

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Meet Ed

*Trigger warning (eating disorder, self-harm, suicidality)     I’d like to introduce you to someone. His name is Ed. Ed’s full name is Eating Disorder, but I don’t call him that. To me, he’s just Ed. Ed shows himself to people in many shapes and forms, but I’m going to…...

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