I have a bottle containing five Ativan pills, in case of emergency. There are only five because I am afraid that I might try to overdose if I had a month’s supply. I previously had thirty pills, and I became … Continue reading Sometimes You Need to Take the Ativan
Today, I’ll start out by stating my conclusion: My mental illness is not who I am, but it makes me who I am.
It is common for those with a mental illness diagnosis to assert that they are not their disease. They have an illness, but it doesn’t define who they are. I certainly agree that no one “is” their mental illness. But, because of the particular struggles we face and the ways we go about overcoming those struggles, doesn’t living with a mental illness ultimately make us who we are?
Mental illness affects our everyday experiences, and shapes the way we see things. Living with a mental illness requires a great deal of strength and determination. So, I put forth that we are not our mental illness, but it does make us who we are.
In the unlikely event that you’ve been cruising around my site trying to find an older blog post that you wanted to reread, I can tell you that there’s less than a 50% chance that you’ll find it. Why would … Continue reading I Can Do It Better
Everything you think you know is tainted by what you don’t know. And what you don’t know is the truth. All along, something has been wrong and you are just now realizing it. It seems that everyone already knew, except you. … Continue reading Everything You Know Is a Lie
I came up with the idea for this blog when someone asked me what I do, and I didn’t know what to say. Because of the stigma of having a mental illness, I did not want to answer truthfully: I’m … Continue reading What Do You Do, Again?