Tag Archives: mental illness

Emotional intelligence and social media

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I’ve been using Facebook for around 9 years.  Before that I sporadically used a myriad of social media channels throughout my teen years.  Unlike Facebook though, most of those channels are now gone and I’m not faced with cringe worthy reminders of the things I wrote when my emotional intelligence wasn’t at the level it is now.  Thank you Facebook memories!Emotional intelligence doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s IQ or the grades they got in school.  A person can be a rocket scientist and still have zero emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence refers to someone’s ability to evaluate, express, identify and control their emotions. read more

A day in the life of Anxiety

Every person has a different experience of anxiety and how it impacts their life.  For a long time I didn’t think that I had anxiety.  It wasn’t until I was writing a short story a few years ago, that I realised I did.  Reading another post made me see that my anxiety was manifesting itself as anger.  I thought I had an anger problem, when I had an anxiety problem. read more

Anxiety and worry are not the same

It has come to my attention that some people seem to think that the words worry and anxiety can be interchangeable.  Nope.  They aren’t the same at all.  One is a fleeting thought, while the other is a debilitating mental illness.

Yesterday, I read this post which told the story of one woman’s experience with untreated post natal anxiety.  Eva has also shared her story here on my blog.  The post also went on to discuss the impact that a Facebook post could have had on an anxious new mum. read more

A post about nothing

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Do you ever have the itches in your fingers to just write something, anything?  The feeling that there are words just bursting under the surface but they don’t seem to want to come together.  I worry that if I open the floodgates that it will result in a jumbled mess.Writing has always been a kind of therapy for me.  I have journals filled with scribbles, an emptying of my mind.  However the last 12 months there has been some kind of block there.  I don’t know if it’s anxiety that is stopping me or if it’s a lack of motivation.  I don’t know if I am scared to write or too tired to make the effort. read more

The realities of an insanity defense

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*The following post is an account of my experience with seeking a mental health defense.  If you or someone else believes that they have a case of a mental health defense please seek legal advice.*

Every time a person commits a crime that people believe is out of the scope of a mentally well person, the comment sections of news sites are filled with comments about the person ‘getting away with it’ because they are mentally ill.  Almost 8 years ago I committed a crime.  A crime that is classified as a violent crime.  I was mentally unwell, and yet I didn’t ‘get away’ with anything. read more