Common Disorders and How to Find Them

When you’re mentally ill, people seem to think that you should know something is wrong, but that’s the nature of the beast; you might know something isn’t right, but that doesn’t mean you know what’s wrong either. It’s tough when your mind hates you; bad friends you can drop, you can leave your abusive ex-boy/girlfriend…

Breaking the Fast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For a time, it was my only meal of the day. For a time, it was the only thing keeping me alive. But eventually, of even that I deprived myself. It is difficult to explain what it is like to go through something, knowing…

Dos and Don’ts : Helping a Friend Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties

Don’t ever label mental health difficulties as a personal flaw. If someone is in clear distress, crying hysterically and yelling, it is not because they are an ‘attention-seeker’ or a ‘drama queen’. When I suffered from depression, I described it as being trapped in an invisible tank: it was a place where it’s horribly cold…

I Am Mentally Ill

(This was originally posted in October 2015 by Evan Smith (me) and was republished with permission here in June 2016) This is weird. But I guess it’s time. It’s the next step I suppose. I’m sorry if I skip around a bit. I’ve sort of been avoiding it for so long but I’ve never tried…