Addiction + Recovery

Borderline personality disorder makes discerning when feelings are real and valid a constant struggle. The hardship is worth it.

It Is Possible To Recover From Borderline Personality Disorder

I love what it feels like when I dive into a cold pool on a hot day. I write dirty jokes on the internet. I follow four kitten accounts on Instagram Read...
Celia Finkelstein    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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"My anger was there when my father wasn’t. My anger has been reliable. Sometimes it feels like my anger taught me all the things my father should have."

Learning About My Father's Personality Disorder Helped Me Forgive Him

I have to accept the fact that Black men are not allowed to deal with their mental health issues — specifically personality and schizoaffective Read...
Africa Jackson    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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How many spoons can reasonably be left for what makes you happy, what makes life worth living?

The Maddening Difficulties Of Going On Mental Health Disability

I first went on disability when I lived in Rochester, New York. My therapist and psychiatrist had Read...
Liz Lazzara    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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"I no longer get a sense of pride from being and proclaiming to be busy, and I don’t take part in pro-burnout culture talk with others."

I Have OCPD: Here's Why You've Probably Never Heard Of It Before

I thought that my drive to perfectionism was warranted and desirable. "I am just doing what I have to do" — that's the mantra I used to motivate Read...
Nadia Schmidtke    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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"No one guessed that schizophrenia was the cause of my comments — or, at times, what some would call strange or unusual behavior."

I Have Paranoid Schizophrenia, And It's Nothing Like What You See On TV

I don’t look at all like the portrayals of these killers Hollywood never seems to tire of writing into movies and series. But I do have paranoid Read...
Rebecca Chamaa    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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It’d be dishonest of me to say PMDD doesn’t, in some small way, rule my life.

PMDD Is A Real & Debilitating Mood Disorder — We Need To Start Treating It That Way

Hormones cause me to amble through an unrelenting fog, a fog that takes over my life for two weeks out of each calendar month. Read...
Nneka Okona    |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
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How can I live in this happiness without being ashamed of it? (Image via Unsplash/ Micah. H)

What’s Not Said: I’m Ashamed Of Being Happy

My happiness is what undid me, ironically. I worried so much about being OK with the happiness that I fell apart. Read...
Lisa Marie Basile    |   05.10.17   |   SHARE
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Here's some real-world advice on how to avoid getting roped into guilt trips.

No Strings Attached: Negotiating Adult Relationships Without The Guilt Trips

The fastest way to living without strings is to be up front about expectations and exchanges, even if it's uncomfortable. Like money. Like time. Like Read...
Carrie Saum    |   05.10.17   |   SHARE
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