It`s all in her head

3 02 2014


It’s AlI in Her Head is a dynamic collection of finely crafted, stigma-busting stories by a diverse group of women who have struggled with a range of mental challenges, from mild dysthymia to full-blown schizophrenia.


Mannen weten alles beter! Althans dat denken ze zelf. Maar waarom eigenlijk?
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The statistics are alarming: one in six American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, phobia, PTSD, eating disorders, or addiction. Half of all Americans struggle with some form of mental illness at some time in their lives. Many millions more face the challenges of less-clinical, still-problematic conditions, such as worry, pessimism, and self-criticism. Doubly alarming is the underreported fact that most of these people are women.

On an epidemiological level, women are 2-3 times more likely to suffer depression and anxiety than men; women are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than men; women constitute 90% of people with eating disorders. Furthermore, studies show that women of color are over-represented in mental health statistics, and frequently receive sub-standard care.

Leaving aside the question of whether and/or how gender disparities in mental health are attributable to biological differences in the brains of women and men, certainly cultural factors are partly to blame. Women’s emotions and ideas are frequently invalidated; our status in the workplace is undervalued; we are socialized against prioritizing ourselves and our health; and we are expected to remain cheerful despite all these things. Culturally, we are encouraged to distance ourselves from, distrust, and discount our emotions and our thoughts, which can exacerbate mood disorders and other psychological difficulties.

Still, an enormous number of women have found ways to cope with their challenges and lead productive, creative, intellectually and emotionally satisfying lives. They’ve ferreted out helpful treatments, medications, practices, habits, and other mechanisms that enable them to make peace with their troubled minds.

How have they done it? How have you done it? It’s All in Her Head strives to provide readers with a glimpse into the successful strategies exercised by women whose persistent mental difficulties were met head on with something else in her head: resiliency, resourcefulness, intelligence, determination, and strength. Essays also include the powerful part played by supportive partners, health care providers, peers, family and friends.

Please consider adding your voice to this collection. There are far too many women who are in need of help. The involvement of talented writers will catapult this project into a realm that will have the most reach and influence, to those who need its wisdom most

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Blogs for mental health

18 01 2014

We have at a new year, and it`s time to remember what was. For people interested in psychology, you can find every topic on this site:

 

Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll

I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project.  I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others.  By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health.  I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.

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art by Tallulah “Lulu” Stark

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Blog For Mental Health 2013 project so much.  Reading each of your posts was incredibly inspiring, and seeing how many people participated, even late in to the year, was very gratifying.  The numbers were fantastic, and it honestly thrills me to see more and more individuals speaking up and sharing their experiences with mental illness.  There was not only strength on display, but grace and a quiet dignity woven throughout the threads of all of the pieces.  It makes me quite proud, and strengthens the hope I have that one day soon, anyone with a mental illness will be able to speak about it openly — free from the fear of being stigmatized and misunderstood.

Keep on fighting the good fight.

Ruby

[Always Falling Slowly] ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
2bbritt ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Alexis Stone: Seeing in the dark ~ Blog for Mental Health – 2013
aliceatwonderland ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
All that I am, all that I ever was… ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Angst ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
anxiety adventures ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Anxiety and the Girl ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Anxiety In General ~ My Story
The Anxiety Trip ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013: a pledge
AnxiousElephant ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
As we seek, so shall we find ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
batpoopcrazy ~ Blogging for Mental Health 2013
Because today could be better ~ Blogging for mental health
Being Positive with a Depressive Soul ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
bipolarbeach ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Bipolar 2 Dad ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Bipolar For Life ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013!
The Bipolar Place ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 Pledge
Blossoming Later ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
A Canvas Of The Minds ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 (original post)
Christian Concern For Mental Health ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 – An Invitation!
CombatBabe ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
crazyaboutbipolar ~ The Crossword
Crazy In The Coconut ~ Blog for mental health 2013
Cupcakes and Whimsy: The Journey to Mindfulness ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013: I Finally Did It!
Dad Knows ~ Blog for mental health 2013
A Day In My Brain ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
a day with depression ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Diagnosably Delicious ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Disorderly Chickadee ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Eat Something Else! Encouraging the Resistant Eater ~ Blog for Mental Health Challenge 2013
Finding My Way Back ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Follow Me Films ~ You Have to be Brave with your Story, so Others can be Brave with theirs….
Full of life ~ Blog for mental health – no more stigma
Girl in a Basement ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
The Good Mood Foodie ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013: And I’m bringin’ SNACKS!
The Great Thirty-Eight ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Growing Up Chaotic ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 Pledge
Having hope for life ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Healing Horse ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Hello Sailor ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Help To Hope ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
High Heels and Hot Flashes ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
HOPE FOR LIFE ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
How Is Bradley? ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Human In Recovery ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
I am Neurotic and I need Help ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
I may be bi-polar, but I’m medicated ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
I Was Just Thinking. . . ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 Is Here!
I Root For You ~ Blog For Mental Health Project 2013
In My Mother’s Mind ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
In My Sister’s Mind ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Infinite Sadness… or hope? ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
It’s not me, its my OCD. ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
itsjustpeanutbutter ~ blog for mental health.
Jane Doh! ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
katerpiller ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
knocked over by a feather ~ Blog for mental health 2013
Lady Lazarus blogs ~ Blog for mental health 2013.
lightsallaround ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Little Blog of Letting Go ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
livesimplykmm ~ Taking the Pledge- Mental Health 2013
Looking for Lucy ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
the madwoman has left the attic ~ Blog for mental health 2013
mammamia2012 ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Manic Muses ~ Blog for Mental Health
Me, Myself and Christine ~ Honestly Speaking
mealtime hostage ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Melancholically Manic Mouse ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Mental Health Writers Guild ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 – An Invitation!
Mental Illness Insights Mii™ ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
A Mid-Life Adventure ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Mirrorgirl: My life as a psychologist ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
The Mirth of Despair ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Mm172001s Blog ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Mrs Bipolarity ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
My Bipolar Bubble ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
My Life, My Wall, My Depression ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
My Mind Matters ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Never cry over spilled milk ~ My Pledge for Mental Health!!!
Notes From The Devil Dollhaus ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
On the Homefront ~ Bliss Comes From Acceptance
Peer Into Wellness ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013 Project
Phoenix ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Pride in Madness ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Reality Hide and Seek ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
recoveringfromthestorm ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Reson8 Freedom ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 – An Invitation!
The roller coaster life ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
RosieSmrtiePants ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
The Scarlet B ~ I’m Blogging for Mental Health in 2013
scienerf ~ Blog for mental health 2013 has begun!
Secret Schizoid speaks ~ Blog for mental health 2013
The Serenity Space ~ Mental Health … More Common Than We Think
She Must Be Mental ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Siege of the Spirit ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Silver Linings ~ She’s Back!
Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night ~ Blog For My Mental Health
Stephs Soapbox ~ My ride on the bipolar train with multiple diagnosis stops along the way
Summer Solstice Musings ~ I Pledge My Commitment To Be Mental In 2013
Susie inspired and rewired ~ Mental health ….
Swimming Upstream ~ blog for mental health 2013
Tattoos and Teacups ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Teens for Global Mental Health Awareness ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013 – An Invitation!
Threshold to Madness ~ Blog for Mental Health
Tracey Pallett ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
Under the Tree ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
Unexpected Midlife Freedom! ~ Surfacing~Healing After a Major Depressive Episode
Voices of Glass ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
A Way With Words ~ Blog for Mental Health – 2013
We all are birds. ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013
WELL CALL ME CRAZY ~ Blog For Mental Health 2013
What Feelings? ~ Blog For Mental Health
Winning with Bipolar ~ Blog for Mental Health 2013

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