Mental Illness

 Mental Illness

I will be writing several articles over the next few months on mental illness.

There are many people who know next to nothing about mental illness and I would like to help people become more aware and understanding of those who struggle with it every day.

I have dealt with a lot of ignorance and insult in my life over my own mental illness. People don’t have the time or patience for it; it seems like the mental illness is lot of “nonsense” to them. Mental illness can cause just as much pain, if not more, as physical pain feels to a person living with uncontrollable, chronic pain.


It’s a tricky subject. Mental illness can impact anyone, you, me, those you love. Sometimes the person with a mental illness doesn’t realize it, and once they do, and are diagnosed, it can be devastating. For example, I was diagnosed with “bi-polar with borderline personality disorder” by three doctors before I finally gave in and realized they were right.

I felt embarrassed, ashamed, and was very angry that I had to take pills for the rest of my life. Not only do the mentally ill deal with the day-to-day challenge of the mental illness itself, but the medications as well.

I have gone to psychotherapy for sixteen years, and I still struggle with emotions that come out at inappropriate times. I have tried to tell a few people about my illnesses and was quickly judged and avoided because of it, which has impacted me to the point that I keep people at a distance. I write about it with the hopes of helping myself and others.

I would encourage and appreciate any feedback. Good or bad. There is always more to learn.

Self Compassion – Accept Yourself

Why Self-Compassion Is the Key to Being Our Authentic Selves – Tiny Buddha

I don’t often site other blogs because I don’t want to plagiarize, cause conflict, basically I don’t want to piss anyone off. However, this article hits home for me and I wanted to share it.

The article is on and starts with the following quote:

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Puppy falling asleep gif
He barely catches himself…too cute.

After you finish watching the cute puppy, go read the article:

Read it a couple of times and share it. Everyone I know struggles with this. “Keeping up with the Joneses” causes much anxiety and depression, and it is unnecessary.


Boost Self-Confidence: 5 Critical Skills You Must Know – from Goodlife ZEN

Boost Self-Confidence, from Goodlife ZEN

I requested, and received, permission from Goodlife ZEN to post this article. I subscribe to their articles via email and this one really hit home. I know so many people, including members of my family, that need a self-confidence boost. With that, here is an excerpt of the article and a link to the full article below:

Author is Barrie Davenport

“Did you know having self-confidence is as critical to your overall happiness and well-being as good nutrition is to your health?

That may sound like an overstatement, but research shows having self-confidence dramatically improves your finances, your relationships, your career, and your achievement in all areas of your life.

Dr. Timothy Judge of The University of Florida revealed in several studies that people with healthy self-confidence have a substantially higher annual income than those with low confidence.

In his research he learned that self-confidence people from blue-collar families make about $7,000 more than those without confidence from the same class. People from the professional classes who have self-confidence make a whopping $28,000 more than their low-confidence peers. Clearly self-confidence is a profitable quality, one that directly impacts your bottom line.”

Read the rest here. Subscribe to their email feed while you’re there; they have great articles and they don’t spam your inbox!

Update/Re-post: I posted this article one year ago (Jan 23) because of the impact it had on me when I read it. I came across it today and I read it. It hit me just like it did the first time. Thus, this Re-post.



Benefits of Meditation (Scientific Study)

The Many Benefits of Meditation

There are many benefits to meditation and I’ve found the benefits outlined in this graphic are real.

Meditation works. 

(I did not create this graphic – I borrowed it from /r/meditation.)

Benefits of Meditation
The Benefits of Meditation

See my other posts: 38 Supreme Blessings of The Buddha and 10 Unwholesome Actions