Guest Blogger: Moody May

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Hi everyone and Happy New Year.

In my last post, I asked for fellow bloggers to write a guest post for Silent D And Me. I received a response from May of Moody May. I apologise May, for the delay in publishing your post. Thank you for sharing your experiences with myself and my readers.

I’ll hand you over to May. Please go over to her blog and send her some love.

Hey there. My name is May, and I am a 25 years-old female who currently resides in California, U.S.A. I am a call center agent during the week and an artist on the weekends. I have had a very nice life (by “normal” standards), but I have been struggling with mental illnesses since I was a child.

I have been diagnosed with and am treating for Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Agoraphobia. I take a variety of medications for those illnesses, which has stabilized me (for the most part). Without the medications I am utterly dysfunctional (such as the time I voluntarily checked myself into a psychiatric hospital).  

According to the National Institute of Mental Healthdepression affects 18% of the population in the United States alone, so I’m sure many can relate to this post.  

So, how do I, personally, cope with the effects of these mental illnesses? I am currently treating with a psychiatrist and take psychiatric medications prescribed by said psychiatrist, I use lavender essential oil or Nag Champa incense to calm myself, practice breathing techniques, meditate (when I am able), and sometimes just force myself to do something.  

I am interested to know what helps YOU. Please comment below what helps you deal with any psychiatric conditions you may have! 

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Guest Bloggers Wanted

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I recently did an interview for another blogger and one of the questions was: where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time? My response was: I obviously want to still be blogging, but I want to make my blog less about me and more about mental health as a whole. I don’t want my blog to be all about me, for a number of reasons. One of them is, my readers will only get one perspective on mental illness; when I want to cover all mental illnesses.

This is where you come in. I’ve already had a wonderful guest blogger on here (you can read Sandra Charron’s guest post here), and I want to invite more mental health bloggers to write for Silent D And Me.

So to cut a long story short, I’m extending an invitation to all you mental health warriors out there. If you’re interested in writing for my blog, you can either drop a comment below, or email me on: caroline.murphy70@googlemail.com

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

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When Two Bloggers Met In The Flesh

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Last Sunday, my husband and I attended a Holy Communion party, for a friend’s son.  Around an hour in, my husband introduced me to a friend’s sister. He had mentioned in passing, a while back, that she was a blogger too. He introduced us as fellow bloggers, and I felt very self conscious. I’m not at the stage yet, where I can talk openly to strangers about my blog – not in the flesh, anyway. I’m perfectly fine promoting my blog to strangers online; but you won’t find me circulating a function room, saying “hi, I’m Caroline and I write a mental health blog.”

Andrea asked what my blog is about, and I could’ve sworn the music had stopped and everyone in the room was staring at me. It hadn’t, and they weren’t, but my social anxiety likes to convince me otherwise. Oh, shit. I took a big gulp of my drink, and told her. My social anxiety cackled in my ear, and told me that she thought I was a social pariah. In reality, Andrea didn’t bat an eyelid. Unflinchingly, she asked me for the name of my blog. I gave it to her and asked her about her blog.

To say that Andrea’s blog is about her life with cancer, would be a huge injustice to her, and her blog. Her having cancer, was the reason she started her blog; but it isn’t just about that. She also writes about all the beauty she has in her life: her family, her friends, her children and some very naughty bunny rabbits. Her blog is her way of keeping everyone who knows her updated, so she doesn’t have to repeat herself; every time she sees them. She finds that some people are even afraid to ask her how she’s doing, in case they upset her. So there’s an elephant in her room too.

I left the party, not even expecting to have gained a new reader. But when I logged into WordPress, the next day; I found that Andrea had followed my blog. Then I really did feel self conscious. My blog isn’t pretty, and I write about all the ugly demons in my head. My posts have a lot of profanities in them, so to have someone read it, who’s met me in the flesh; is a very nerve racking experience. It’s like having a dream that you turn up to work without any clothes on, only to find out it isn’t a dream. She must think I’m Queen Batshit of Crazyville. Or worse, that I’m the Duchess of Filthtown. Yuck. Why didn’t I start a twee little craft blog, or a fluffy baking one; complete with photos of a gingham print tablecloth and an air of smug housewifery? Anyway, I hope she doesn’t think I’m a complete nutjob, with questionable morals. If she does, she’s probably not too far from the truth; if I’m honest.

I’ll draw this self pitying monologue to a close and leave you with a link to Andrea’s blog. Go and give her, her blog and the naughty bunny rabbits some love. You won’t regret it.

 

Photo by Alexis Brown, courtesy of Unsplash