Thoughtless and Unhelpful Things Family/Friends Do When Dealing With Your Chronic Illness

Anyone who lives with a chronic health condition knows how frustrating it can be to deal with family and friends who either just don’t understand or flat out just don’t care. Yes, it’s true that most people won’t understand something until they go through it themselves. This isn’t really an excuse for overt selfishness and … Continue reading Thoughtless and Unhelpful Things Family/Friends Do When Dealing With Your Chronic Illness

Food Allergies Are A Disability

Imagine every time you ate a meal, you had to deal with the possibility that what you were eating could make you very sick at best or possibly kill you at worst. That’s what it’s like for many of us that live with food allergies. I have been diagnosed with multiple food allergies, sensitivities and … Continue reading Food Allergies Are A Disability

Why Churches Need To Educate Themselves On Mental Health

My Christian faith has always been a big part of my life starting from when I was young. I was sent to Catholic school and was raised in a liberal, but faith-filled family. My faith has always been something I turned to during my dark moments with depression and physical illness. I remember a time … Continue reading Why Churches Need To Educate Themselves On Mental Health

The Media Can Be Misleading About Mental Illness Recovery

Anyone who sees a loved one depressed, anxious or manic, wants them to seek help and get better. It's understandable. Who wouldn't? There are also tons of well-meaning phrases that people in the media throw at you. "You're not alone." "Help is out there." "You don't have to live like this." "Reach out." While all … Continue reading The Media Can Be Misleading About Mental Illness Recovery

Coming Out: Why More Men Need to Come Out as Chronically Ill

When I first was diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder and depression, I searched a lot of sites for help and support. There was one thing that was blatantly obvious. I noticed that men were largely absent from the conversation. Even in the support groups that I attended, men were scarce and the ones that … Continue reading Coming Out: Why More Men Need to Come Out as Chronically Ill

Invisible Illness Awareness Week

This past week was Invisible Illness Awareness Week. Invisible illnesses are illness that impact a person's life, but cannot be seen physically. They are "invisible" to the naked eye. One invisible illness is anxiety. Anxiety comes with a whole host of symptoms and emotions. One of the worst feelings is not fear, but regret -- … Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week

Our Culture May Be Making Us Sick: Mentally Ill America

Virtually everyone has had a personal experience with mental illness or has known someone who has. It’s a growing epidemic in our culture and the awareness many people are trying to create around it is expanding. But what causes mental illness and why is it so prevalent in America? Some suggest that our culture is, … Continue reading Our Culture May Be Making Us Sick: Mentally Ill America