The Problem with the ER

"I will never again ask for help from anyone for my mental health. Especially in an Emergency Room." - the patient kept anonymous I don't blame this person for their feelings. Honestly, I'm feeling the same way after a dozenth failed experience in the ER last week. And the bits of conversation I couldn't help… Continue reading The Problem with the ER

Does My Eating Disorder Count?

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating, purging, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified... the list goes on. I have Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which unfortunately goes unnoticed most of the time. When you look at what are supposed to be "comprehensive" lists of all types of eating disorders,… Continue reading Does My Eating Disorder Count?

A Letter from the Borderline

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. Dearest Friend, So you're reading this because you know someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (me), and things can get tough sometimes in the… Continue reading A Letter from the Borderline

Recovery is Stigmatized

Recovery is hard. It's hard when I feel sick, kind the kind of sick that used to send me to the hospital. I have the skills to keep myself safe and I've been in recovery without needing psychiatric hospitalization for almost a year. Taking things only one day at a time is relatively easy at this… Continue reading Recovery is Stigmatized

I’m My Own Bestie

You read that right, I'm my own best friend. The concept might be foreign to some of you, and that's okay. It was to me too until I was admitted to Janesville Mercy Health's psych ward back in August of 2015. During the admission process, there are a handful of standard questions, like "what brought… Continue reading I’m My Own Bestie

Handling a New Diagnosis

Another day, another diagnosis. I've been diagnosed with over half a dozen mental illnesses in my lifetime.  A diagnosis can mean many things. For some, it brings hope because they finally have answers. For others, it can bring up feelings of shame or embarrassment. In my experience, it's a mixture of both. This was definitely true when… Continue reading Handling a New Diagnosis