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When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

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Hope. When I have nothing left in me, when I have no more spoons and no more energy and no more tears to cry, I have hope.

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6 Ways to Help Out the Spoonie

Having a mental illness or a chronic illness changes a lot about life. It affects our lives in so many ways. Too often the people in our lives don’t know how to take care of us. When someone you know... Continue Reading →

There is No Shame in Needing Medication to Manage Mental Illness

I am a high-functioning person living with mental illness, but this doesn’t mean I’m totally asymptomatic.One of the things I struggle most with is impulse control. I have horrible impulse control. When I want it, I want it now. I... Continue Reading →

The Difference Between Giving In and Giving Up

As you may be able to tell from my lack of writing lately and some of my posts, things have been hard.  This is an article I wrote a few months ago, when things were going well.  My hubby suggested... Continue Reading →

Gaining Perspective

I wrote this post a while ago.  I think it's worth a repost, especially with everything that's happened lately.  Trying to find my perspective right now, and reading this again helped me. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- For a long time after my diagnoses,... Continue Reading →

Cycling Through Grief

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”-- Washington Irving... Continue Reading →

The ‘Cost’ of Medicating Your Mental Illness

I recently wrote an article on medication and the stigma associated with taking it for a mental illness. People seemed to really resonate with the fact that medication, while not for everyone, can improve the quality of life of people... Continue Reading →

What “Functioning” Depression Looks Like

If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know exactly when your worst moment was, your rock bottom. Some of us hit rock bottom more than once. Sometimes we feel like we are always at the bottom of the well, begging for someone... Continue Reading →

The Delicate Tapestry of Mental and Chronic Illness

Most of the time, I write about what it’s like to be chronically ill. It’s easy for me to write about being chronically ill. In 2014, I was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines, which has since turned into neuropathies, gastroparesis, severe... Continue Reading →

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