Category Archives: anxiety/depression

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March is Victory Month

February is drawing to a close before our very eyes, and I feel like a new month is a good time to celebrate life. People like myself who are prone to depression, find it very easy to focus on only … Continue reading

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Leaky

Yesterday I went to an appointment at my psychiatrist’s office to monitor my medications (they aren’t working!) and check my general life stress level (see previous parenthetical note and exclamation point!). I’ve been having trouble controlling my mood the past … Continue reading

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Writer Spotlight: The Bloggess

I hope we all know that depression tells us lies, and the lower we feel, the stronger the lies become. Depression will tell us that we are worthless, we are alone, we are ineffective, our lives don’t have purpose, and … Continue reading

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Those Fucking Little Pills

I’ve battled with depression and anxiety for over half of my life, and I have been writing about it off and on throughout my old blogs. One of the struggles and frustrations that has been constant throughout my life with … Continue reading

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Splashes of Beauty

Mental illness has a universal human component to it in that it takes specific parts of the human experience and magnifies it and distorts it until life is out of balance. Who hasn’t suffered grief, loss, fear, trauma, sadness, elation, … Continue reading

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The Unit: Adult Ward 4

I spent the remainder of my psychiatric hospital stay, after the initial hours in the triage ward (a.k.a. Suicidal Warehouse, in my head), in an adult unit with the inspirational name Adult Ward 4. I would come to learn, in … Continue reading

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The Unit: Heaviness Reprieve: Reading Material

Time is something you never run out of during a stay at a psychiatric hospital. The staff will give you cards or dominoes if you ask for them (which usually precedes a frustrating half hour trying to explain the rules … Continue reading

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The Unit: Waiting Out Suicide Watch

I sat in my partially reclining chair (which gave me some lingering back pain as a souvenir) under my scratchy bleached blanket through the night while time inched along at a snail’s pace. In the rare moments of quiet that … Continue reading

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The Unit: Checking In To 24 Hour Suicide Watch

The ambulance pulled around to the back entrance to the psych hospital, and my panic level was off the charts. My pulse was fast and I could see it shaking my eyeballs. My BP was so high that I may … Continue reading

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Tearful, Breathless Road to The Unit

I had the unique experience of spending this week in an inpatient psychiatric hospital after a major depression/anxiety episode. Most people with whom I share this feel similar to how you might be feeling now: uncomfortable, a little scared, morbidly … Continue reading

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