It’s nearing the end of May’s awareness month for mental health, lupus, and fibromyalgia, and I haven’t exactly succeeded in my goal to post every day. I began to beat myself up about it, but then I remembered something important about self-care and advocacy.
Those of us with mental illness know that the night is the worst. Last night was a bad night.
Anxiety, chronic pain, OCD, PTSD, depression, really any chronic illness can make focusing difficult. In addition to an inability to focus, conditions like ADHD can lead to hyperfocusing. Lack of focus and hyperfocus are silent symptoms and I think they require a bit more discussion.
I’m kicking off the start of mental health week by speaking about something that, thanks to stigma, I’ve actually never mentioned before on this blog. I have PTSD.
It’s Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! In honor of this day, I’d like to share my struggles and frustrations with treatment options.
I’m accustomed to Contamination OCD, one subset of my OCD, impacting my daily life. Today, it has me convinced that despite my multiple hand-washings and sanitizer use, my hands are filthy.
You should never feel bad for resting when you feel you need to rest. This goes double if you have a chronic illness.