• Path Dependancy

    Here I am, in a city that I have looked forward to moving for a very long time, sitting on a comfy chair next this beautiful French balcony and keeping my brain busy trying to figure out what is wrong again while my eyes are going around the people by other windows and down in the street. I like being here, this room that I got by chance in a historical center of the town, the loudness of ...

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    Tags:
    life history,
    identity,
    Anxiety,
    coping strategies,
    family
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  • I Sell Smiles

    I sell a smile with every drink,brief interactionswith souls dancing in the night.   I fill vials of poison, venomous green, handed to strangers who fervently gulpto forget their troubles.  The music beats through my bones, blood coursing like the liquor lined up in fivesbefore the girl with the glittering eyes.  Money rolling across my palm, I smile and thank the giverfrom behind my porcelain mask.  As the lights go up The air hangs heavyThe lines at my eyes full of sleep.  I sell a ...

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    Tags:
    coping strategies,
    depression,
    smiles,
    Recovery
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  • Circled by confusion

    Circled by confusion Dissolving water, earth and fireIts higher than the airA process of engulfingThis ameobaIs enlargingAs it sticksTo what it's searching for A state of what is notIn a place where it must beSo to outer space I place it Castaway from the here and nowTo take me from the lightAn interplanetary trip An envelope of cosmic rays Surrounded by this unityA merging of solidity Atomical transfer - mystery To outer space I'm placed A barren landscape lies untouchedAs a cry of fear ...

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    coping strategies,
    confusion,
    Poem
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  • Learning how to copy with mental illness, a road to recovery :)

    Learning how to cope with mental illness :) 

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    Tags:
    coping strategies,
    mental health,
    positive thinking
  • An Ongoing Process

    I look upon recovery as being an ongoing process, as I think I for one will always strive for progress. In recovery, there is no right or wrong, but to move on from somewhere unpleasant you have to be incredibly strong. You will need to come so far out of your comfort zone, but the important thing to remember is that you don't need to do it alone. The road to recovery can be testing ...

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    Tags:
    depression,
    Recovery,
    progress,
    hero,
    husband
  • Voices we hear and the Voice we are

    The general daily accusations that a mental health sufferer has to filter out of his hearing and not get depressed about are addressed to everyone. The accusations of idleness, laziness, bumming around, sky walking, dreaming, poor attitude, time wasting, avoidance etc. then there is the general anger towards these perceived faults. This makes us feel very poorly indeed. I understand why, having worked, that time is money. Being unproductive is a sin in the eyes ...

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    Tags:
    coping strategies,
    discrimination,
    identity,
    stigma
  • Notes To Myself On Living

    The same fundamental chord of experience which causes me to experience mental illness over and over again is not something I can change. I can be very well but I still have it playing under my skin. I can refine my habits and change my lifestyle but it will not stay quiet. I can find work and find love but it will not stop influencing my experiences with its abstract tones. I can pray to ...

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    Tags:
    self-help,
    coping strategies,
    taking control
  • Overcoming addiction and alcoholism-There is Hope

    My name is Stephanie, and I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. I remember how miserable I was when I was using and drinking. Getting sober isn’t nearly as hard as keeping up with our lives when we are out there drinking or using. It’s amazing how different I am today, nearly four years later. Through Bradford Health Services, AA, my family, my new (real) friends, and my AA sponsor, I gained my life back. ...

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    Tags:
    Recovery,
    stories,
    Alcoholism,
    coping strategies,
    hope
  • Challenging my disordered thoughts

    I never realized how deeply involved I was in my eating disorder until I started recovery. It was a very harsh realization to accept I was no longer in control of it and that what I was doing was actually causing me serious physical harm. Accepting the problem was real was the first practical step towards recovery. I began to challenge my thoughts and try identify if they were as a result of disordered thinking ...

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    Tags:
    acceptance,
    reflection,
    taking control,
    eating disorder,
    anorexia