Cognitive distortions often go hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety, but the good news is that we can develop skills to correct these patterns and even lessen mental illness symptoms.
A thoughtful note submitted to me by a reader that I thought I'd share. I'll let his simple eloquence do the talking: "I will say this... One of the things people probably say most often about my being a writer is how cathartic it must be, how it must help me get rid of stuff. [...]
We gather around our pain, and the struggles that we share, at a table of vulnerability, wounds aching, hearts bare. . I'm sorry for those who got here late, and for those who've tried before, but despite it all, we cling to hope, longing for something more. . I thought I'd feel competitive, and that [...]
Note to self - read it then read it again. Destroy the toxic idea that you're not sick enough. Remind yourself that this is the voice of your illness talking. It's the voice of internalized societal stigma. The voice of fear and self-doubt. It's the little devil on your shoulder preventing you from moving forward [...]
"I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning". Anxiety greeted me with the all-too-familiar full-body tension and a racing mind. I had been a while since I woke up in one of these poor moods so it was disheartening to say the least. My heart sunk with the overwhelming weight of [...]