7 Reasons Why You Should Not Feel Ashamed About Mental Illness

It is ten minutes before I have to get up in front of a room full of people, and talk about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time.  I run into the bathroom, and vomit.  I get up, wipe my face, reapply my lipstick and look in the mirror.  I ask myself, “Why the hell are you doing this Hannah?  You can live a good life without telling anyone.”  Then I thought,”Because you are not ashamed anymore…”   

This was the scene three years ago when I spoke about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time at a mental health conference.  People with mental illness, situational or long-term, are scared more of just uttering the sentence, “I have a mental illness,” then they are of skydiving.  I have witnessed people wither away in their marriage, friendships and in daily life, due to this heavy weight on their shoulders and burning secret inside.

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64 Mental Health Quotes

64 Mental Health Quotes that help you understand the struggle, the stigma and the hope for a better future!  Never give up!

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9 Things Your Friend With Depression Wants You To Know

Close friends are the people who we create unforgettable memories with, and who know us better than we know ourselves.  So what do you do when your friend suddenly disappears from your life?  You reach out but receive no answer.  As someone diagnosed with Bipolar II, trying to help my friends understand mental illness has always been a challenge.  The behaviors of someone struggling with mental illness are hard to interpret by others, especially by our close friends

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Marilyn and Mental Illness: An authors journey into the minds of iconic celebrities, linking them to mental illness

Lets play a game of who said it? “If you can’t take me at my worst, you can’t have me at my best”

Every woman reading this is probably rolling their eyes, thinking about how many times they posted this infamous Marilyn Monroe ‘phrase’ all over social media after a semi mid-life crisis also known as a break up. Read more