Friday is a sacred day for many people and for many different reasons: end of the work week, 90s Night at your local club, date night with your love, quiet night at home with a book, the beginning of a weekend with your kiddos – Whatever the reason, most people seem to put “Friday” on a pedestal. And this blog is no different! On Fridays in THIS corner of the internet, I like to share the love and show you all some posts by other bloggers that I found interesting, informative, and awesome. There’s not typically a theme, but for whatever reason (time of year, my own general disposition this week, or some strange universal force guiding my mouse) most of the selections for this week are personal narratives of the struggles many people with mental health diagnoses face. I hope you enjoy the selections here and consider checking out the authors’ other posts as well!
First up on the list is this raw and honest description of depression by Amy Mcdowell Marlow, who runs the blog Blue Light Blue. This particular piece is an honest reflection of a time when Amy was struggling with deep depression, and I think it’s a brutally honest portrayal of what that can mean.
Next up is this post on what psychosis is like for one woman. Written by Meghan Shultz, who lives with Bipolar I, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder, this is a raw and honest picture of what psychosis looks like in her life. You can find more about Meghan on her site Always Unstable and you can check out her Always Unstable: Bipolar and Hospitalization: A Memoir on Amazon.
Then there’s this piece on the pain of surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide. I chose this piece because it shows that grief is not one size fits all. It varies from person to person. Rayne’s experience resonated on some levels with my own grief process. You can read more about her on her blog Journey Toward Healing.
This is a very interesting and personal post that speaks to a much larger issue: the pitfalls of getting pulled into social media debates. As advocates and people living with mental health diagnoses, seeing ignorant people post stupid stuff can get our blood boiling. If you’re like me, you’ll get roped in and start going back and forth with some ignorant fool who has no interest in learning or challenging his/her/their preconceived notions, regardless of new information provided. I found Eddie’s take on this particular exchange to resonate with me and, I assume, many others. Eddie is a survivor of childhood sexual assault and an author. You can find more about his journey on his website here.
And finally, to end on a lighter note, there is this piece on Mindful Photography by Sarah Lou. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that photography is my absolute favorite form of mindfulness. I was really excited to stumble across this piece and realize I am not alone in that! Sarah is a fantastic blogger based in Australia. You can read more about her on her site Hello Sarah Lou.
That’s it for this week’s Finds. I hope you enjoy them! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave ’em in the comment section below, or feel free to Tweet me @paradichotomy. Much love to you!