OCD and my Dirty House

 

Let’s start off by defining Obsessive Compulsive Disorder shall we?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). –National Library of Medicine

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Blog Away Stigma Conference

I have decided to start a new project. A mental health blogger conference.  During my time blogging, I realized how little of a presence mental health bloggers had compared to Mom, Fashion, Tech and Lifestyle bloggers. Other bloggers in other topics have events and conventions…so why can’t we?  With 1 in 4 having a mental illness in this country, we should be doing all we can to further research, provide support and reduce stigma.

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HOW DOES MENTAL ILLNESS IMPACT YOUR LIFE?

 

 

By: Sami Nicholls

I thought this would be a good question to try and answer today. Last week I was on what seems to now be annual holiday to Nerja, Spain with my boyfriend. It was a wonderful holiday and I am proud to say that I coped with the flights without the assistance of medication and did not panic. I nearly cried during take-off but I think that was due to not experiencing bad weather on a plane before. 

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Why I said “NO” to the Job

By: Maria Senise This year was a rough year work-wise and mental health-wise. My teaching assistant job caused me so much stress that I became physically ill and had to take a leave of absence. Due to yearly budget cuts, I was riffed, (honorably discharged), prior to this. I took it in stride, knowing that this is what happens yearly, but also knowing that after 6 years of being a teaching assistant, I had absolutely no desire to return to it.

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Welcome! Our New Contributor Sami!

 

Hello!

 

I’m Sami and I’m going to be here to talk about the more geeky side of mental health. I’m a medical neuroscience undergraduate and was inspired to take on this degree from my own experiences with mental illness. I’m very late to the university-game at the grand old age of 26, but I’m of the opinion it’s better late than never!

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Anxiety: Why I Don’t Drive

 

 

The looks you get from people when you tell them you don’t drive are actually hilarious. They are baffled. It is like saying you don’t have a cell phone…okay I am double damned because I don’t have a cell phone either. They always say the same thing “How do you live?” And my answer is always the same “You have to be willing to sacrifice”. It was never a lack of wanting.  When I was 16 is was in driver’s training like everyone else. I was a decent driver with normal anxieties about mowing down a group of nuns on accident.

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Mass Shooters=Mental Illness?

 

 

In the wake of yet another mass school shooting in America, the country mourns. We are angry. Why is this happening in our country? What is going on? And yet, as I flip on my television…what do I see? It’s certainly not anything about gun control or raising children properly, but alas, mental illness. No one is disputing that our mental health system is a wreck. I know from firsthand experience that it is a travesty by any other word. I must admit however, that the media’s portrayal of these shooters is uncomfortable and offensive.

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