🔃 Reblog: Why We Need Sadness

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Most of us don’t like feeling sad. It’s one of the emotions that are branded as “negative” and so we avoid feeling it. In fact, we avoid it so much that we deny it. We pretend we’re fine when we’re not. We’d sooner lie about it than tell anyone the truth of how we feel. For some reason, our society doesn’t give enough credit to sadness.

This I find odd and fascinating. Yes, sadness doesn’t feel good, but does that mean it’s unimportant? Does that mean it should be hidden? Happiness and sadness are seen as opposites, but they’re both perhaps the most common emotions that we will all feel constantly throughout our lives. So, what does sadness do for us?

Let’s discuss…

Loneliness & Connection

Some of us are busy living, so much so we forget about the people in our lives. We’re doing this thing or that thing…

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🔃 Reblog: The Less Contact I Have With People The Better Off I Am…. Bipolar and Sensitivity

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Sometimes it seems that no matter what I do or say it’s the wrong thing. I mean well, but I feel at times that I am judged unfairly. And feeling that I am just better off being alone
most of the time. I like some people but even the ones I love fall short when I need them. I talk too loud, I laugh too loud, I say more than I should but none of this is on purpose. I am who I am and I can’t change
that. Either accept me and quit criticizing me or just let me be to myself. I thought I had good relationships with my family but I think I am overstating that with a few of them. I can live with myself and I can take care
of myself. Asking for favors is no longer an option with one of my family members…

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🔃 Reblog: Dear You, Who Might Also Be Depressed

Uncustomary Housewife

Some blog posts are planned far in advance while others spill from my mind and into my keyboard immediately for you to see. This one is spilling. This one is for the people who feel stuck. This one is for the people who understand depression.

Dear You,

Depression is real. Your pain is real. It is all valid. Please, listen to me: those nagging thoughts of worthlessness, don’t let them too far in. Your pain is valid, but those nagging thoughts aren’t true.

I know this all too well. I understand your pain. The self-doubt creeps in. The worthlessness creeps in. It can feel like the most real thing in the world. It can feel like the only real thing in the world.

All the pain can make us forget that hope is real. We forget. We get covered in all the bad. Sometimes the bad can smother us. It…

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🔃 Reblog: Too… Sensitive.

Sensitivity is a gift. You’re not “too” sensitive. You are just enough sensitive.

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Image by Bibarys Ibatolla @ Unsplash

Something that I feel has come up a lot over the last week or so, is this notion of being ‘too’ something. It was something that was mentioned in my writing on Tuesday and, unsurprisingly, something we discussed in therapy on Wednesday. Last weekend I found myself mentally compiling a list of everything I felt I was too

  • Too sensitive
  • Too emotional
  • Too caring
  • Too tired
  • Too disorganised
  • Too big
  • Too quiet
  • Too open minded

I also felt that I do things too much, things like…

  • Thinking
  • Procrastinating
  • Spending time mindlessly scrolling through Twitter or Instagram…

When you look at them in a list, when your logical brain
kicks in, it all seems rather ridiculous. How can any of us be too anything? We are who we are – I am a
sensitive, caring, disorganised and open-minded person who spends a lot…

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🔃 Reblog: C is for C-PTSD

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It is the third day of the A to Z challenge and it is time for the letter C! I am loving this challenge because I feel I can spread awareness around mental illnesses that are more than just a short term thing, but actually affect people’s lives often permanently. So today’s post is about C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). A lot of my blog has been around this disorder so far but I still feel like it deserves a place in this month’s challenge. So here we go!

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is linked to complex trauma. Unlike Post-traumatic stress disorder, that is based upon a single event, CPTSD is often linked to long-term childhood trauma. Complex trauma does not only mean long-term, it also means that the trauma happened in a situation where there was no way out. The person was trapped in the situation, and…

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🔃 Reblog: Why I Wouldn’t Tell A Suicidal Person “Suicide Doesn’t End The Pain, It Passes It To Someone Else”

Wise words from Charlotte Underwood.

Charlotte Underwood

“Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it passes it to someone else”

It seems that this quote pops up all around the media and within the mental health community.

Last year, a photo with this exact saying went viral, and it plastered the mental health community.

And I’ll be honest in saying that part of me agrees; because I lived through it.

When I was 18, my father passed away due to a successful suicide attempt.

I know that it was his last choice. He did all he could to live but it didn’t work, he was never the type to give up without a fight.

I’ll never be mad at his choice because, in truth, I completely understand it.

I battled suicidal thoughts throughout my teen years and even today, they can still try to creep up on me.

But while my father’s pain did end, I found a…

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Kin by Mania: The Bond I Feel with Other Bipolar People is Inexplicable by Taylor Beck (@taylorbeck216 🐦)

"We charm people, or we offend them. That's the manic-depressive way. Our personality traits, like exuberance, drive, and openness, attract and alienate at once. Some are inspired by our curiosity, our risk-taking nature. Others are repelled by the energy, the ego, or the debates that can ruin dinner parties. We are intoxicating, and we are … Continue reading Kin by Mania: The Bond I Feel with Other Bipolar People is Inexplicable by Taylor Beck (@taylorbeck216 🐦)

🔃 Reblog: Life with Mental Illness: Why Do We Accept Being Loved in Halves?

More good inspiration via Hannah.

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One of my favorite writers, April Green, wrote a short poem that really spoke to me.

And the moon looked down at her and said: ‘you are too full of everything that makes you whole to ever be loved in halves.’

I sent it to my friend, Sarah Snow, who is known for creating visually inspiring videos, each one with a resonating message. She was just as inspired, and we connected with April. Sarah, alongside artist Donna Adi, created a video with a profound message about what it’s like when the person you love doesn’t love you back.

The response to the video, with over 2 million views, clearly shows the number of people who can relate to this message, especially those of us living with a mental illness.

As confident as I may appear to many people, it is difficult to admit that I have always accepted…

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