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How To Know When I’m Not Myself: An Open Letter

Dear friend, relative, significant other, or miscellaneous acquaintance, I am weird. Please allow me to elaborate. I have borderline personality disorder. Rather than bore you with the details of what that means in clinical terms (you can look up the symptoms online), I’d rather tell you about what those symptoms do to me specifically, so… Continue reading How To Know When I’m Not Myself: An Open Letter

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How To Be a Good Mental Patient, Part 1: Before You’re Medicated

(Note: I am not a medical doctor and cannot give professional advice. All of the following is my opinion, based on my experience as a patient.) Psychiatric doctors are fascinating people*. They, more than most, are able to understand human consciousness as a function of biology. They see right through the misconception that the mind… Continue reading How To Be a Good Mental Patient, Part 1: Before You’re Medicated

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“This Little Masochist”: The Irrational Rationale For Self-Harm

Trigger warning: Tasteful but detailed discussions of self-injury ahead. … “And this little masochist, she’s lifting up her dress... guess I thought I could never feel the things I feel.” - Tori Amos, “Hey Jupiter” ... In this article I define masochism, self-injury, and self-harm as the acts of hurting yourself on purpose with the… Continue reading “This Little Masochist”: The Irrational Rationale For Self-Harm

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“People With Mental Illness Are Jerks”

The identities of those described have been changed to protect their anonymity. Everything else has been told exactly as it happened. ... Many years ago, I attended a depression support group. Most of the people there suffered directly from one or more mental illnesses, whereas some of them were just very graciously there to support… Continue reading “People With Mental Illness Are Jerks”

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How To Comfort Someone With Depression (By Someone With Depression)

Depression can be a powerful force in a person’s life. It brings very unique and diverse forms of pain, it makes people feel and do things they wouldn’t normally, and it also causes very counterintuitive and confusing symptoms, making it notoriously difficult to soothe. Compiled here is a list of tips for comforting a depressed… Continue reading How To Comfort Someone With Depression (By Someone With Depression)