Depression is common, but it’s also common for people to freak out and not know how to support a friend. Below, I’ve listed a few ways in which you can help a friend with depression.
Writing and journaling is a cathartic, therapeutic experience. I started a journal when I was first diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. It helped me accept the illness, and work through the ups and downs of living with mental illness.
I’m a mental health writer and advocate and often find myself telling people to ‘reach out’ when they’re struggling. I stress how honesty and openness are important, that you can’t move forward without sharing your story with the people closest to you.
This book is for anyone that just wants to know more about Bipolar from someone who’s been through it and lived with the condition for nearly 20 years.
I’ve seen a shift recently in how people view advocacy and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. To some it’s now ‘boring’ or no longer necessary or needed. I think they’re wrong.
As someone that experiences actual delusional thinking, it’s difficult to hear people using the word to describe someone they disagree with. By using this term all you’re doing is insinuating our symptoms are synonymous with badness.