Mental Illness Mouse

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Unfollow the depression blogs, the suicide blogs, the pro-eating disorder blogs. The blogs with bones and wounds, the blogs with black and white. You don’t need the crash diets, the thinspo, any voice telling you you’re not good enough. Not even the one inside your head. Let go.

The beautiful things in life don’t translate to shades of black and white. Stop writing and rewriting your suicide note. Everything you plan to say to people after your death could also be said while you’re still alive. Call people up for lunch. Say it face to face. Say sorry. Say thank you. Say I love you. And live to hear it said back to you.

The word “suicide” or “depression” in your URL does not tell me who you are. Your URL does not tell me what you love to do. You are more than the sadness. You are more than the bones that you’ve wanted so badly to show. You are more than your body measurements. You are more than your scars or your wounds. You are more than your tear stained pillow cases. Your sadness should not be your identity.

Stop searching up “cutting”, “suicide”, and “depression” when you’re feeling down. Search up things that will make you feel better not worse. Search up pictures of animals, good poetry, beautiful places you can escape to someday, art, music, plants, quotes.

When the world teaches you that it’s better to be apathetic and that you should hate, tell them that you’ve hated the world and yourself for far too long now.

Let go. Reach out. Ask for help. Because it’s time to try something different now.

butterfliesandwildflowers:

IF YOU ARE FEELING DOWN AND HOPELESS, PLEASE READ THIS. THIS MIGHT HELP YOU.

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Asker kayla-bird Asks:
Hello! I recently wrote a book about queer women of color in a fantasy setting, and the main character is a survivor of a relationship in which she was abused by another woman. Would you be interested in reblogging a post about it?
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

I think that it would be great for our followers if we could reblog a post about your book!

Please submit something about it or tell me what post to reblog.

Thanks

-Lina

Asker morningbones Asks:
(please publish this) (1) [suicide and self harm mention] hello i just wanted to give you a positive story (though it won't seem like it at first). Last spring, my last semester of college, I was at my lowest point. My anxiety and depression had been getting worse since my freshman year at college, and one weekend that February two terrible and traumatic things happened at the same time which dropped me even lower. I spent my entire days exhausted, tear-stained, and foggy-brained. (cont)
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

top that off with anxiety of doing well my last semester of college, graduating, what i was going to do after graduation, and being co-president of an organization. i could barely get through the day yet everyday i was so afraid of failing and letting everyone down. everyday i woke up wondering how i could get through the day, how i could get myself out of bed, make breakfast, catch the bus, attend class, pay attention in class, do homework, study, go grocery shopping, etc. everything just seemed so hard and impossible to do. i was seeing a therapist, i was taking meds, but it didn’t seem like they were working. i started self-harming and even though i didn’t do it often i felt like cutting every day and i still have the scars of when i did. my life after graduation seemed like a big black wall that i was just going to run into, and i thought my life would be over after i graduated, one way or another. when i got accepted for a summer job as a camp counselor i was glad but i don’t think i was happy. i started wondering if i could feel appropriate emotions at all anymore. i knew my life had been extended, but i felt like i would kill myself after the summer, and that thought made me afraid. i had good days, though. i hung out with friends, i laughed, i got homework done. i eventually made it through the semester and even got straight As. I wanted to say all this to let everyone who has depression or anxiety, who is as low as I was, that things will get better. While i don’t think I’m 100% recovered, I’m definitely a lot better and on the road to recovery. there was a time when I didn’t want to feel better, and now that I know what it feels like to be better, I don’t want to feel like how I did before. Just wanted to say that :)

TW: SI, SH

thank you so much for sharing this. I love hearing stories like yours where people take good steps and are able to make progress like you have. Keep it up!

-Lina

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've been recently diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder as a working diagnosis. I may or may not have schizophrenia but for now we're saying it's schizoaffective, bipolar type. I've been told time and again that having anything even remotely on the schizophrenia spectrum can greatly effect how I'm treated in the medical and professional community and that genuinely scares me. What all can a diagnosis affect? Will I ever be able to live on my own? Have a job? Support myself at all? I'm scared.
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

hi anon,

Having a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, or schizophrenia, or ANY diagnosis, does not mean that you are screwed or that you aren’t going to be able to have a fulfilling life. The only person that can determine that is you. It does depend on the severity of your illness, the support you are receiving, as well as other factors, on what you’re going to be able to do. It really is an individual thing. Some people will be able to live on their own and have a job, others might not. The only person who can decide that and make those decisions for you is you. You know yourself best, so you are the one who gets to chose how you want to, and how you are able to live your life. Your illness may make your life hard and it may make certain things difficult,but it isn’t an all or nothing thing. 

When it comes to being discriminated against or being treated differently, as long as you are able to fulfill your job requirements, then they shouldn’t discriminate against you. I’m pretty sure it’s illegal. That doesnt mean it wont happen, because I’m sure there are people who will not be understanding or will treat you unfairly, but know that not everyone will, and they shouldnt. 

-Lina

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi, I was just wondering if you have any knowledge or experience with depersonalization/derealization. I've been going through a DP/DR period for about 6 months and I've been doing my research on it. One of the main things I have read is that you can't fight the feeling, you have to embrace it in order to move on and let it run its course. I've tried this approach, but I don't seem to be making any progress. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you so much for creating this blog btw, it's fantastic.
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

hi anon,

Unfortuneatly I dont have any experience or much knowledge about DP/DR. I’m sure some of our followers may be of better help in responses to this message (our inbox is closed to new messages right now). I think its great that you have been doing research to better understand what you’re going through, and im sorry that nothing has worked up to this point. What works for one person might not work for another person, and it can take time to find what works for you. I would suggest getting a therapist (if you dont already have one) as they can help you learn multiple skills to help you and find whats going to work best for you to get through this.

This link, as well as this one may be helful resources to look at as well. I woud also suggest researching and trying out ground techniques as that works for some people with DP/DR.

Hopefully you can get a better manage of this!

-Lina

I’m going to close the inbox to new questions right now. We have 137 and I think it’s a busy time for a lot of us admins so its hard to get to them all at once. I know that people have asked questions a very long time ago and haven’t got responses so I feel that for now closing the inbox will help us catch up and get to your messages.

Hopefully all our followers will understand and we will reopen it when it gets a more manageable level of messages. It shouldnt be that long, hopefully by the end of the week. Thanks

-Lina 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is a social worker the same thing as a therapist? Because I saw a social worker for a few months and she called it therapy but we didnt really talk all that much was just a bunch of stuff like breathing excersizes and happy places and coloring and it wasnt helping me so i stopped. Is going to an actual psychiatrist or psychologist like that too? Also she stared at me a lot and it made me super uncomfortable do they all do that? Is really annoying. Thanks :)
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

Social workers and therapists both get degrees in psychology (most of the time) and a social worker can practice therapy, but that often isn’t their main job. Of course the training between the two is different but I think the most important thing to say here is that every therapist is different! Even if it takes a while, you can find someone who works for you, not all therapists practice the same. Not all will practice breathing exercises, stare, etc..

Hope this helps!

-Liz

Asker Anonymous Asks:
yeah hey so i think im experiencing some kind of psychosis? or at least early psychotic symptoms?? people keep telling me i dont make sense when i talk and things keep happening that aren't real and last week i made the terrible decision to drop my therapist because i was afraid hed have me hospitalized if i told him what i thought was wrong which i now realize was ill-advised but it felt perfectly reasonable at the time aaaaand also things look weird and bad and fake like 80% of the time, help
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

Hi Anon,

Please immediately call your therapist and let him know what’s going on. In fact, read him verbatim what you wrote to us because it is succinct and to the point and highlights what you’re going through. As long as you are not endangering yourself and others, you won’t have to be hospitalized. Your therapist will be able to help you.

Best,

Lena

Asker Anonymous Asks:
i dont know who to talk you, and i thought you may have advice for me. i have diagnosed social anxiety and i think i might have depression. i have been seeing a therapist for about 3 months, and i didnt feel like it helped, so i stopped seeing them. i thought i could handle it myself, but i couldnt. it has been getting worse lately, and i need to see a therapist. the problem is, i am too young for a job, and my parents do not want me to get help.(part 1)
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

they say its because i dont deserve it. i tried to convince them so many times, but it doesn’t work. what do i do? i cant do this anymore.

Hi anon, 
I think that is’s such a big step that you are recognizing that you need help and that you are willing to try seeing a different therapist. Sometimes it takes a couple tries to find the right therapist for you.

I would recommend sitting down with your therapist and calmly explaining to them that you feel like you need help and that you need a therapist. You dont have to go into detail about things you are facing but just say that you need the help and that you deserve to feel better. Try to be assertive and effective in your communications the best you can so that hopefully they will listen and help you. There are multiple free or low cost therapy options out there so that is an option if money is an issue. Sometimes repetition can help get through to people so dont give up on it.

If your parents arent responsive then there are outlets to go through, like a school counselor, teacher, family member, or even a friend. They may be able to help you get through to your parents to get the help you need.

Good luck anon,

-Lina

Hey! Just so you know, blacklists catch things better if you tag the trigger word first, and I think most people use a format that looks like this "trigger tw". It's easier for it to get caught in the blacklist and it means that you don't have to put a whole bunch of different variants in your blacklist to try and catch everything
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

I’m updating the tags right now.

~Lena

iwatchforsasha:

Over the weekend you may have heard of or seen - nude photos of celebrities were stolen off of their phones and posted online. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy, but probably the most disconcerting part of this for me is that some people are blaming the celebrities for having the nude photos on their phones in the first place (x)

(Here’s the full gifset.)

Wise words to remember, mice!

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I wanted to break up with my boyfriend. And I did, but he started talking about how he was gonna kill himself and a whole bunch of stuff and I was so scared I decided to give him another chance. And he was a great boyfriend don't get me wrong, never took advantage of me or anything. And when I broke up with him I knew I was gonna miss him and I love to hangout with him and hug him but I also love my independence. I can't just dump him. I don't know what to do and I feel kind of trapped.
mentalillnessmouse mentalillnessmouse Said:

TW: Suicidal ideation, Abuse

Hi Anon,

The fact that he threatened to kill himself over a your break up proves that he’s not a great boyfriend and did/does take extreme advantage of you. What he’s doing is abusive and manipulative. It’s sad that he is going through his own mental illness problems, but you are under no obligation to be trapped in a relationship. Relationships are about building each other up and feeling happy and free. They’re not about being guilted into staying with someone or being afraid of someone. He’s toxic.

Best,

Lena