A Tribute To Patty Duke

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Patty Duke recently… She was an incredible woman, actress, and was an inspiration to many – especially those within the mental health community. As many know, Patty Duke broke a Hollywood taboo by becoming one of the first celebrities to … Continue reading…

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Dating Someone Who Has A Mental Illness

After writing a blog post on some of the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness, I thought I should clarify and write about why a person shouldn’t fear pursuing a relationship with someone who is mentally ill. The term “mentally ill” or “disorder” … Continue reading…

There Is No Shame In Living With A Mental Illness

It isn’t easy to disclose to others that you live with an illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar etc. People can often be judgmental, cruel, will assume things, and even try to talk me out of sharing or blogging about it. I understand that it’s “personal” information, but I feel … Continue reading…

From Rock Bottom To College Graduate

It seems like just yesterday I was fighting my parents over going to school. My attendance during high school was far less than satisfactory. Everyday became a war. A war to get out of bed, to function, and to participate in life. I felt like throwing in the towel more … Continue reading…

The Time Is Now To Talk About Mental Health

I live with bipolar disorder. Some seem shocked or are in disbelief when they find out that I actually live with this condition. I don’t “act” or seem bipolar to them because I don’t portray how society views this illness, nor do I appear any different from them. That is … Continue reading…

Common Myths Associated With Bipolar Disorder

There are many myths and assumptions about what bipolar disorder is and what the people who have this condition are like, but few are actually true.  Listed below are some of the most common myths of bipolar disorder. It is time to set the facts straight and provide the truth. … Continue reading…

Dodging Suicide- I Almost Didn’t Make It: A Story of Survival and Hope

We often hear some make statements or remarks such as “I could just die” or “I wish I were dead,” but they are rarely meant as serious comments. Some or most tend to say statements such as these when they are having a rough day or out of frustration. What … Continue reading…

The Science of Mental Illness (Infographic)

I recently received an e-mail with this awesome infographic regarding the science of mental illness and I thought it was appropriate to share as well as a great visual. Thank you to Cara Delany for the kind suggestion! Continue reading…

Mental Illness Affects People Individually

Those who live with mental illness are not all the same. They are not to be lumped into one group or meant to be labeled. They all have characteristics and diagnoses that are alike, but they don’t exhibit the characteristics in the same ways as another person might. They are … Continue reading…