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Turtles All The Way Down & Mental Illness Representation In Books

An obsessive spiral is largely invisible, with no quirky Monk-like hand washing to ground it in reality. The hand washing stuff — the compulsion — Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   09.6.17   |   SHARE
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This Is What It's Like To Have A Panic Attack Every Day

For a long time, I kept a mental list of things that I’d do once I was “better.” I yearned for a sound mind and a thin body — two things I was not Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   08.27.17   |   SHARE
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We Have A Perfectionism Problem

We need to stop trying to be perfect. I know better than most that it is much, much easier said than done. Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   08.9.17   |   SHARE
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The Power Of Pretty Things: How Makeup Helps My Mental Health

Even if I have no plans to leave the house — or if I had plans to leave the house and got to anxious to follow through with them — I find a great Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   08.2.17   |   SHARE
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Perfectionism is exhausting. It steals your time, your energy, your joy, your life.

You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism

Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17   |   SHARE
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I had spent so much time yearning for solitude that I had never really confronted the reality of being alone.

I Love Solitude, But I'm Terrified Of Being Alone

I have sought out solitude my entire life — up until pretty recently, it was a hard thing to come by.  I am the oldest of four siblings within an Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.5.17   |   SHARE
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"If I’m being totally honest with you, I feel a burst of pride whenever someone tells me I look too put together to have been given this diagnosis."

What Not To Say When Someone Tells You About Their Personality Disorder

When someone denies my personality disorder, it makes the process of identifying and challenging the thoughts and behaviors that disorder causes even Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   06.21.17   |   SHARE
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Sometimes, I have to stop and cry and wail and moan for a weekend, but then I get back up.

I Get Depressed Every Summer. This Year, I Decided To Find Out Why.

I don’t want to spend another summer waiting for winter. It took years to realize this, and even more years to act on it. This is the work of healing Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   06.14.17   |   SHARE
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