The problem with high functioning mental illness

The problem with high functioning mental illnesses is that they make an invisible illness a hundred times more invisible; and the problem with invisibility is that people are far less likely to take seriously that of which they cannot see. For the most part of the duration of my mental illnesses, I myself have been considered…

A flaw in chemistry, not character

Whilst I don’t believe that Facebook or social media in general are appropriate places to post regarding personal issues, I feel that there are certain situations where not only is it appropriate, but necessary. This week has been incredibly tough for me for one very simple reason: the pharmacy’s inability to supply me with my…

Finding good in every day

An important thing when it comes to mental health is how we define our “good days”. For those who do not suffer with mental illness, it is easy to assume that a “good mental health day” must be one without intrusive thoughts, destructive behaviours or solely any signs that the mental illness even exist. But…

Beyond my mental illness

My first week working at an adult psychiatric unit has come to an end. After five intensive days including training surrounding accessing medical records, performing CPR, carrying out observations and so forth, the most important lesson I have learned this week is this: My life is much less centred around my mental illness than I…