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Mental Illness

I Am Never Getting Better and That’s OK

I have come to realize recently that my struggles with mental health are always going to be there. I can’t magically make my depression, anxiety, and PTSD disappear. I can’t magically change my brain into a neurotypical one. 

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News

Friday News Bites: Next in LGBTQ Equality, Who is Burning Black Churches + More

Greetings, Persephoneers. My deadline didn’t quite catch the amazing news last Friday that the US Supreme Court declared marriage equality to be the law of the land, but with the whole of the Internet exploding in rainbows and discussion, let’s move on to what’s next in the fight for LGBTQ equality:

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Health

Six Years of Exhaustion: Living With Chronic Illness

Having lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for six years, and fibromyalgia for at least four years, I wish I could tell you that I’ve made peace with my illnesses. Though I’ve made progress in how I manage my symptoms, I still struggle with knowing that This will never go away.

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Pets

Your Depression and Your Dog

One of the most despicable and manipulative commercials I have ever seen was one for an antidepressant. The ad showed all of the ways people around the depressed person were suffering because of the depressed person’s condition. One of the ads showed a dog picking up a ball, only to look disappointed when he didn’t […]

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Mental Illness

Stigma

Content Warning: Discussions of suicide, self harm, and mental illness. I have made it another week.

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Gender

Life in Transition: 18 Months

August 24th, 2013 marked the first day I went to work fully and wholly as myself. It has been 18 months since that fateful day. That day also marked the last time my parents saw me in person. 

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Ask UfYH

Ask UfYH: Cleaning with Depression and a Deadline

Q: I need some advice for cleaning while dealing with depression. I can get myself to clean, but if I take any breaks, I can’t ever motivate myself to go back to cleaning.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

If anything captivated ladyblogland this past week, it was Ferguson. Our PoC news captured a few articles yesterday. I’ve rounded up a few, plus some other articles of interest.

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Ask UfYH

Ask UfYH: You Can Do This

Q: I’ve been in a deep, deeeeep depression for the past six months. Couple that with the severe social anxiety I’ve got that prevents me from wanting to go outside my apartment. I’m trying to take care of it/myself, but I can only do so much.

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Persephone Birthday

Birthday Giveaway: Depression Print

I have the privilege of giving away a special guest gift! As someone who experiences mental health issues, I was awestruck when I saw the print that is being given away. Abigail Southworth is a friend of P-Mag and graciously created and donated the print that we are giving away. 

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News

Friday News Bites: Heavy on the #Ferguson and Robin Williams

Oh, friends, my heart is heavy with everything happening this week. I cannot cover it all, but I can at least give you a few interesting stories, and we’ll end on an up-note, I promise.

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Open Thread

This OT is Pouring One Out for Robin Williams

Depression is such a lying asshole.

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Mental Illness

The Caress of Steel

It’s 2 a.m. again. I am fighting my never-ending battle with insomnia. Comedy is my first line of defense: Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari comedy albums help me through the night. At some point during my 2 a.m. restlessness, I click through to my friend’s blog. The words hit so close to home that my eyes turn […]

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Music

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Depression Fighting Edition

Depression really sucks. It is so hard to explain to people who don’t have mental health issues what depression is like. It is a bleak, dark sadness that comes to me at various times. Sometimes it’s fleeting; sometimes it sticks to me like I am superglue. While transition has cleared up a lot of my […]

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Mental Illness

Dissertations, Employment, and Other Terrifying Things

I am thinking about the future, which is not something I’m good at.