Calliope Writing


Mental Illness: My Brain Demons Want Me to Fail
July 25, 2016, 12:50 pm
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Let’s be gritty, raw, and real for a change. I always try to approach this blog with lightheartedness and wit (and I rarely talk about anything terribly personal), but today, I’d like to be brutally honest.

My Mental Illness

For the past two and a half years, I’ve struggled with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, both of which can be overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and debilitating.

Chances are, some of you reading also have a demon in your brain – be it in the form of depression, anxiety, or another mental illness. After all, in 2014, it was estimated that approximately 18% of the United States adult population had one or more mental illnesses.

I’m finally on the upswing (thank whatever god(s) you believe in), but I think it’s time to add my voice to the others who have spoken out about their own personal demons.

My Support

Instead of starting out with how terrible my own experience with mental illness is, I’d like to focus on some of the things that helped (and are still helping) me get through it.

1. Books – The ultimate escape. HEX, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and Geek Love, just to name a few.

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2. TMS – Transcranial magnetic stimulation. The TMS team of doctors and nurses at MUSC will always have a special place in my heart.

3. My husband – He has been there with me every step of the way, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

4. Music – There are some songs that just move me. Below is a playlist containing some of them.

 

5. Therapy – Art therapy, EMDR, CBT…it has all played a part in helping me get where I am.

6. Gardening – I have become a full-blown gardening addict. And I’m not ashamed of it! Growing plants from tiny seeds has given me the ultimate way to reconnect with nature.

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7. Incredibly understanding employers, past and present – I can’t say enough about the kickass people at Palmetto Publishing Group and Media Shower.

So this is me, raw and unfiltered.

I may always try to put on a happy face on here, but the truth is: that happy face is, more often than not, cracked porcelain.

I don’t share this for pity. Instead, I share this so that if any of you are going through a particularly hellish period in your life, you will know two things: you can get through it and you are not alone.


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On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM, Calliope Writing wrote:

> Katrina posted: “Let’s be gritty, raw, and real for a change. I always try > to approach this blog with lightheartedness and wit (and I rarely talk > about anything terribly personal), but today, I’d like to be brutally > honest. My Mental Illness For the past two and a half ye” >

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Comment by Walker Phillips

It’s good to see you have many different support systems. Thanks for sharing.

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Comment by Karina Pinella

Thank you for reading 🙂

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Comment by Katrina

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Comment by Karina Pinella

Dear cuz, glad to know and learn about “upswings” (new word!). Wish I was any closer, and could share more things with you. Love, Maria.

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Comment by mjosgiron

My cousin! Love you so much. I wish you and Jesse were closer (or that we were closer to you!). Once I get this travel anxiety under control, I’m coming to Spain to rock the country with you two. Much love.

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks for your courage, Katrina. As you know, I am among the 18% as well.

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Comment by David B. Seaburn

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Comment by Katrina

Thank you for sharing this, Katrina! Life often teaches us harsh lessons and there isn’t always a rational reason behind them. It takes courage to share something so intimate with the world.

Have a (hopefully) great day! 🙂

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Comment by Adam

Thanks so much, Adam. I appreciate it 🙂

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks for your insights and your personal story. I’m learning something new everyday.

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Comment by leebalanarts

Thank you! I appreciate you visiting and commenting.

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks for being so brave and sharing this. I can relate to it, and I’m sure many others can too 🙂

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Comment by Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen

Thank YOU for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

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Comment by Katrina

Reblogged this on Cyndi Pilcher, Author and commented:
Reblogged and Thank you. It always helps to know there are more of us out there ❤

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Comment by Cyndi_Pilcher

Thank you so much!

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Comment by Katrina

Thank you!

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Comment by Katrina

Reblogged this on Words from inside my head and commented:
Just awesome

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Comment by Heather Cordray

Thank you!

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Comment by Katrina

Reblogged this on Pattimouse.

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Comment by pattimouse

Thanks so much!

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Comment by Katrina

What a wonderful post! I love your list of supports. Thank you for sharing this!

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Comment by pamelascanepa

I’m so glad you liked it!!

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Comment by Katrina

Brave and brilliant, Katrina. Fantastic post, a gift to others to read your story.

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Comment by estellalynch

Thank you so much.

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