For the most part, I consider my depression/anxiety to be fairly stable. In other words, I'm always generally depressed/anxious, and I have a few panic attacks throughout the week. It's routine, I guess. But there are moments throughout the year where I lean more towards the bipolar disorder spectrum. One week feels like I'm playing Mario … Continue reading the roller coaster.
This week my AMAZING mom, Theresa Lemon, wanted to share her heart, as a mother of children with mental illness. Here, she talks specifically about having daughters with eating disorders. As my mom testifies, through it all God was and continues to be faithful! I have no idea where to begin or exactly what to … Continue reading a mother’s perspective.
I've recently started a new practice: keeping track of my mental health "victories" throughout the week. This is what this past week's looked like: I bought the Fieldroast vegan sausages over other brands even though they have more fat and calories. Why? They taste better and have more protein. This was NOT an easy decision. … Continue reading small victories.
"Thank you for making X about you." This is something that people with mental illness hear A LOT. With a physical disability/illness/disorder, etc., people believe you. They can SEE it. So, it's okay if you sleep in until 1pm, and your life only consists of doctor appointments and minimal activity. That's not selfish. But for … Continue reading we are not selfish.
I had a pretty eventful thing happen to me last week: I started my period after almost three years of nothing. Thought #1 - OH MY GOSH! I AM SO EXCITED AND RELIEVED! I DON'T HAVE TO GET AN ULTRASOUND! I'M NOT PERMANENTLY BROKEN! WE MIGHT HAVE KIDS SOMEDAY! Thought #2 - Oh no, Anelise. … Continue reading forwards and backwards.
There was a period in my life where it felt like death was routine. I had a dress I called my "funeral dress." I still remember the familiar black-and-white gingham pattern, the matching hair-bow, and frilly socks (hey, it was the South, after all). We had made the move from Georgia to Virginia so that … Continue reading a different kind of support.
This past week we lost two widely-influential celebrities to suicide: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. On the surface these two figures appeared to be living the dream, right? They were successful, well-liked, and attractive. Why would they be depressed? I've said it once, I'll say it again: clinical depression is NOT situational. It is a … Continue reading we need to talk about IT.
Every few months I have a checkup with my doctor, and it always begins the same way: How are you? This seems like a simple question, but there is a whole lot of subtext here. He's asking me if my meds are doing what they're supposed to (if I'm above water, more or less). Generally, … Continue reading a loaded question.
I have a confession to make: I failed my mental wellness challenge. But that’s not what I want to focus on here. Sure, in one way I did fail. I made a plan; I made a commitment; and, I bailed. The truth is that I was okay for the first couple of days, completing my … Continue reading a confession.
It’s a week late, but this is a letter to my mom, who has been my fiercest mental health ally. Having a child with a mental illness is not easy, and I’m so grateful to my mom for opening the dialogue rather than perpetuating the stigma. This letter is also a shout out to all … Continue reading a belated mother’s day letter.