Bloggers Share Their Mental Health Stories

As you guys know, Monday was World Mental Health Day (October 10th). I shared some posts that I thought would be beneficial. And, I also shared a post that I was a part of and was able to share my thoughts on mental health.

I was a part of a different collaboration post as well. But unfortunately the post was published later and I was not able to share it with you guys. The post is on Happy Panda’s site. I am quite sure that many of you are familiar with her site and if you are not, please do check it out.

This post is a collaboration between multiple bloggers. Most of us write or have written about mental health. In this collaboration post, we all share our thoughts on the importance of mental health. We also share what we do for self-care and how we take care of our mental and physical. I think all the bloggers that participated said some really interesting and informative things. They gave some very interesting thoughts and advice about self-care too. If you are interested in reading this post please click here. I would love it if you do take a minute to read it because the more we learn about the mental health the better. And thank you to Happy Panda for bringing us all together and creating this post. And to Deepthy as well for the original idea.

If you would like to read more about my mental health journey, how I have gotten better and more click here.

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50 thoughts on “Bloggers Share Their Mental Health Stories

      1. I’m joyful to know that.
        I wanted to ask you something personal.
        Recently I’ve read somewhere that
        It’s not apposite to tell people suffering from mental imbalance that “you got this” or “keep trying” or suggest them anything. What do you think?
        What’s a good way to help people suffering from emotional imbalance?

          1. Oh thanks for educating me 😃
            I wanted to tell you something
            There’s a blog by you called
            “Don’t tell people suffering from mental issues this”
            I cannot see it’s content. I can see comments of people, but I cannot see what’s written in it. Can you give me a direct link?

  1. This isn’t post related Pooja but I just noticed WordPress doesn’t notify me of your post. I always know however I realized it’s because of twitter not WordPress

  2.     What makes me anxious is not having clear, concise, detailed information about a situation or problem. I can’t deal with vagueness. If I would ask someone about how to have an enjoyable conversation, it would not be helpful to hear, “Listen carefully and take an interest in what they’re saying” etc. I would want to know: for example, give me a detailed typical conversation, and show me within the dialogue where the enjoyable points were — specific word by word, smile by smile. I suppose that’s how a playwright analyses things and how an actor is directed. Maybe psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and other purported ‘professionals’ should be playwrights who can explain every detail of social interactions and how to do better. In a social situation, not knowing what to say or do quickly is deadly to a conversation or situation — pauses and long hesitations do not work.
        As far as I can see, the field of psychology, after seeming to make some progress, has destroyed itself with slogans and jargon. They’ve left themselves with only drugs as their main weapon. They have assumed that any theory which can not be proven by a double-blind controlled experimental study with a placebo group is invalid. All of Freud, Adler,… has been declared invalid. All of religion or spiritual practices has been declared invalid. All of ‘folklore’ invalid.
        The only good therapist is one whose patients get better as a whole conscious person (not a Zombie), or at least, most of them.

    1. I couldn’t agree more about the drugs. When I was first diagnosed, my psychiatrist kept pushing me to take meds even though they weren’t working for me. They made me feel numb and really uncomfortable. I had some weird side effects too like sweating excessively. I kept telling her but she kept pushing me to take meds. I eventually started making lifestyle changes that made me feel a lot better. I have a new therapist now who never forces me to take meds and actually listens to me. I feel so much better. She’s truly helped me more than medications ever did. I know medications help a lot of people but they’re not for everyone. There should be more options.

      1. It’s logical to me that if people have their ASD, ACEs, etcetera, diagnosed when very young, they should be better able to deal with their condition(s) through life. I have a condition I consider to be a perfect storm of ‘train wrecks’ — with which I greatly struggle(d) while unaware (until I was a half-century old) its component dysfunctions had official titles.

        I still cannot afford to have a formal diagnosis made on my condition, due to having to pay for a specialized shrink, in our (Canada’s) “universal” health-care system. Within our “universal” health-care system, there are important health treatments that are unaffordable thus universally inaccessible, except for those with generous health-insurance coverage and/or a lot of extra doe.

        Also, I don’t believe it’s just coincidental that the only two health professions’ appointments for which Canadians are fully covered by the public plan are the two readily pharmaceutical-prescribing psychiatry and general practitioner health professions? Such non-Big-Pharma-benefiting health specialists as counsellors, therapists and naturopaths (etcetera) are not covered a red cent.

        Thus, I tend to get agitated when I receive a strong suggestion from within the media, however well-intentioned, to ‘get therapy’, as though anyone can access it, regardless of the $150-$200+ per hour they charge. For me, even worse is the fact that payment is for a product/transaction for which there’s only one party that is always a winner — the therapist’s bank account.

  3. I’m sorry about your Panic attack. Quick question, I’m an introvert, if I don’t like being around people and choose to be by myself, is that safe or ok for my mental health?

    1. Thanks. Yes, that’s definitely okay. As long as you’re not experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression or mania that’s very normal.

  4. Such a wonderful post! It was the perfect way to spread awareness. I enjoyed reading how what other people do for self care as well.

    How did you train yourself to do the 15-20 minute meditation each morning? Did you just get up and do it?😩 I think I just need to get up and do it.

    1. At first, you don’t need to do 15-20 mins.
      You can start with 2 mins.
      It’s advisable in morning because, then your mind is at peace and you don’t get much disturbance. I mean, see time like 4-6 am, it’s very silent then.
      You sit at a quite place and listen to your breath in the starting. Focus only on your breath

    2. Thanks so much! Yeah at first I just got up and meditated no matter how I felt. Eventually it became a habit. I think the main thing is to just start.

  5. I have experienced a couple of things just like the stories in the post, like moving to a new place, talking to people too much, or not talking to people enough in a day. Or just being busy something can trigger a kind of existential doubt sometimes.

  6. This was a great post. I’m sure most of us have a moment that made us think about mental health. We all deal with it in different ways. I have moments where I have thought about my mental health. I have only spoken to a mental health councilor once and it helped a lot when I had PTSD. The other moments, I just slowly got over them and moved on with my life. It can be the smallest things that help us get passed traumatic events.

    1. Yes, I think most people have experienced mental health in one way or another. I’m glad the councillor helped you. It can really be helpful to speak to a professional.

  7. I don’t know if I’ve already stated something similar to this elsewhere on this blog, but I, though self-diagnosed, live with a tumultuous combination of Autism Spectrum Disorder, high sensitivity and adverse childhood experience trauma, the latter which is in large part due to the ASD and High Sensitivity — a coexistence I freely refer to as a perfect storm of train wrecks. It’s one with which I greatly struggle(d) while unaware, until I was a half-century old, that its component dysfunctions had formal names.

    I believe that our standard educators should be properly educated on Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially when it comes to preventing the abuse of autistic students by their neurotypical peers and teachers alike.

    Not only should all school teachers receive mandatory ASD training, there should also be an inclusion in standard high school curriculum of child-development science that would also teach students about the often-debilitating condition (without being overly complicated). If nothing else, the curriculum would offer students an idea/clue as to whether they themselves are emotionally/mentally compatible with the immense responsibility and strains of regular, non-ASD-child parenthood.

    It would explain to students how, among other aspects of the condition, people with ASD (including those with higher functioning autism) are often deemed willfully ‘difficult’ and socially incongruent, when in fact such behavior is really not a choice. And how “camouflaging” or “masking,” terms used to describe ASD people pretending to naturally fit into a socially ‘normal’ environment, causes their already high anxiety and depression levels to further increase. Of course, this exacerbation is reflected in the disproportionately high rate of suicide among ASD people. …

    As a ‘difficult’ boy with autism spectrum disorder, ACEs and high sensitivity (thus not always easy to deal with), the first and most formidably abusive authority figure with whom I was terrifyingly trapped was my Grade 2 teacher (Mrs. Carol), in the early 1970s. Although I can’t recall her abuse in its entirety, I’ll nevertheless always remember how she had the immoral audacity — and especially the unethical confidence in avoiding any professional repercussions — to blatantly readily aim and fire her knee towards my groin, as I was backed up against the school hall wall.

    Fortunately, though, she missed her mark, instead hitting the top of my left leg. Though there were other terrible teachers, for me she was uniquely traumatizing, especially when she wore her dark sunglasses when dealing with me. And rather than tell anyone about my ordeal with her and consciously feel victimized, I instead felt some misplaced shame.

  8. Mental health is a very important, and touchy subject to talk about, but it is important to take care of our mental health just as we take care of our physical health. Thanks for sharing this post with us. Have a wonderful week.

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