MENTAL HEALTH | May 24
6 Mental Health Blogs We Love
While there are many resources out there on mental health, our favorite blogs include real stories from those who struggle with mental illness and advice from experts. Here are 6 mental health blogs we love, along with a sample quote.
Much more than a blog, The Mighty is one of the largest online communities for people dealing with all kinds of mental health conditions. With 7,000 contributors who share real stories about their lives, The Mighty has over 150 million readers to date. Anyone can submit a post to be featured on The Mighty - see here for guidelines.
“No matter how many times people tell me I am not a burden in their lives, I often feel it isn’t true. I believe having someone unload all their problems on you on a daily basis is difficult to endure, no matter how much you may love them. Eventually, I fear they will become tired of hearing it all and need a break. The problem is, my illness never takes a break. I am constantly in need of someone to talk to, but I have to limit myself and spread my talks out so as not to chase another friend away.” - Kimberly Siegwald
Good Therapy is ranked as one of the top therapist directories on the internet, and their blog includes well-researched and thoughtful articles on mental health, therapy, and treatment. We love how GoodTherapy.org cares about challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and treatment.
“The only way to better understand and extend compassion to others is by first learning to do it for ourselves. We can’t respond to our emotions like an autoimmune disease, which attacks a person’s own cells and organs mistaking them for the enemy, and expect an improved mental health climate. Overcoming self-inflicted stigma takes more than just being aware it exists and setting intentions to overcome it.” - Melissa Stringer
Therese Borchard is the Founder of Project Hope & Beyond, an online community for people with treatment-resistant depression and other chronic mood disorders. In her blog, she shares unique and in-depth perspectives on depression, nutrition, and inspiration. She is passionate about helping people dealing with mental health issues that are lasting and difficult to treat, and it shows through her writing.
“So many of my depressive symptoms are tied to my stress reaction. I believe that my mood disorder is essentially a stress disorder—the tension generates static in my central nervous system and other biological systems that promote “dis-ease” in every sense. Looking back, I wish I would have invested some time in the activities I do now—like deep breathing and yoga and mindfulness and Epsom-salt baths and massage and aromatherapy–to prime my parasympathetic system and reverse the detrimental stress reaction that can cause depressive symptoms.” - Therese Borchard
Stigma Fighters is a nonprofit organization that shares stories of real people living with mental illness, founded by Sarah Fader, a woman who deals with panic disorder and depression. Stories are submitted mostly by high school and college students in the United States. You’ll find them to be incredibly real, candid, and inspiring.
“Having depression is like walking down a long, dark corridor not knowing when the light will turn on. Not knowing if the light will ever turn on. You hang on to this little thread of hope for as long as you can. Some of us have a tight grip, some of us get through by suffering through the rope burns, and some of us feel there is no other option but to let go. There are no words to describe what it feels like when you find yourself telling you that you don’t deserve to be happy. It’s beyond frightening when the things you used to enjoy, your hobbies and interests, suddenly lose their meaning and value that you used to cherish.” - Rebecca
LINDSAY HOLMES - HUFFINGTON POST
I always bookmark Lindsay Holmes’ articles on the Huffington Post and end up re-reading them. As a Deputy Healthy Living Editor at HuffPost, she sheds light on so many important aspects of mental health and stigma for the general public. Important articles include Here’s How Depression Treatment Can Change Your Life and Mental Illness is On The Rise But Access to Care Keeps Dwindling.
“1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help… While there are no definitive statistics on how often mental illnesses are misdiagnosed as a whole, research suggests that bipolar disorder is the most misdiagnosed condition. This could mean more treatment costs and lost workplace productivity, as well as increased risk of suicidal thoughts if the person isn’t getting the most effective care.” - Lindsay Holmes
What makes Healthline unique is the fact that all articles are medically reviewed by experts to ensure all information is accurate and current. One of the fastest growing consumer health information sites, Healthline’s mission is to be “your most trusted ally in pursuit of your health and well-being.” The site is comprehensive and covers both physical and mental health - simply search by topic from A-Z.
“There may now be a scientific explanation as to why many creative people have bipolar disorder. Several recent studies have showed that people who are genetically predisposed to bipolar disorder are more likely than others to show high levels of creativity, particularly in artistic fields where strong verbal skills are helpful… “One possibility is that serious disorders of mood — such as bipolar disorder — are the price that human beings have had to pay for more adaptive traits, such as intelligence, creativity, and verbal proficiency,” said Daniel Smith of the University of Glasgow, the leader of the study.” - Medically Reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC — Written by Erica Cirino