#MHMon: The Struggles of Getting a Diagnosis

The Struggles of Getting a Diagnosis By Emily Deibler When I was in high school, I would have given anything to be diagnosed and treated. The general consensus was that I was an emotional teenage girl, and that I “thought everything was the end of the world.” I suppose I can’t exactly blame everyone for… Continue reading #MHMon: The Struggles of Getting a Diagnosis


#MHMon: The Relief of Diagnosis

Content warning: discussions of chronic illness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I used to be very in touch with my body. I was aware of slight changes, and could tell what they meant. For example, I get different kinds of headaches when I’m hungry, dehydrated, tired, stressed, or around allergens. Each of these headaches feels different.… Continue reading #MHMon: The Relief of Diagnosis

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#MHMon Reading Recommendations

Now that the holidays are over and we are into “The dead of winter” I thought now might be a good time to list a few of my go-to books for these dark, dreary months, when my depression tends to be at its worst. I’ve broken these into segments, so that you can compile your… Continue reading #MHMon Reading Recommendations


#MHMon Guest Post: Jeni Chappelle

Hello Burnout My Old Friend   In December, a lot of people I know are feeling burnt out. As magical as the winter holidays can be, spending more money, eating too much unhealthy food, and having extra responsibilities can add to our stress. Family troubles tend to bubble up this time of year too, whether that’s… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post: Jeni Chappelle


#MHMon Guestpost by Dianna Gunn

How Fiction has Helped Me Heal   When I first spoke to Sophia about writing an article for Mental Health Mondays, I was overwhelmed with the number of possibilities. I’ve lived with depression and PTSD for over half of my life, and I’ve also struggled with anxiety for a significant portion of that time. I… Continue reading #MHMon Guestpost by Dianna Gunn


#MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler

How Outlining Helps Me When I’m Anxious or Depressed   When I started writing, I didn’t outline, and I’m not saying it’s required. However, outlining has helped me face challenges with recent projects. I have periods of time where I lack motivation or the act of writing feels too overwhelming. It doesn’t help when I… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Blog by Emily Deibler


#MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown

A couple of days ago on Twitter there was a post circulating about helping people with panic attacks that recommended hugging them. This was quickly shut down by hundreds–if not thousands–of anxiety sufferers who all said the same thing: If I’m having a panic attack, touch me at your own peril. It’s not that people with… Continue reading #MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown


#MHMon: The Importance of Taking a Break

Sometimes as creatives, we need to step back from our projects. The things we make don’t just take physical energy, but mental and emotional energy. It’s easy to burn out, especially when trying to balance between a day job, life, and writing or creating, be it making short film, art, sewing, or design work. We… Continue reading #MHMon: The Importance of Taking a Break