Note: I wrote this and then typed it up. I haven’t edited it extensively and I don’t want to. This was me just writing some things down that I decided might be worthwhile to be shared. If it helps even one person, then this post has done its job.
Originally Published: June 30, 2016
Let me tell you a bit about my mental illness. You might be surprised and you might learn something. I can tell you right now, this illness isn’t exactly what you think it is.
Remember, this is all just experiences from my life. I’m not a doctor, just a crazy young woman who prays quite a bit and reads quite a few books.
I just wanted to take a little bit of time to tell you the state of this blog. My life has gotten very complicated this past year with graduate school and my health challenges have been acting up. I have been very busy with graduate school courses and then my health issues have made it hard to keep this blog running. That being said, I do not want to abandon this blog. It will need to take a slightly different turn.
I am sorry that this blog has kind of fallen by the wayside lately.
The end of November and beginning of December were the end of the grad school semester and I had a lot of final projects due.
Then I got glutened and ended up traveling for the holidays where I got glutened again. My maternal grandmother is not doing well at all and we had to drive halfway across the country to visit her. Her death is rather imminent and she is in hospice right now.
After returning home at the very end of December, I managed to catch influenza and bronchitis thanks to my wonderful celiac disease. I have literally been sleeping 20+ hours a day for the past two weeks.
I have been trying to get an end-of-the-year wrap-up done, but now I’m not sure that is going to happen. I am way behind on reviews, but I promise they are coming.
Please, bear with me, people, and I will get things back on track soon.
Things that Happened in October
- First of all, is October really over already!! Where did October go?
- I had my first really bad glutening in quite some time yesterday. It was terrible. People have also been questioning my food choices which prompted this Twitter thread.
- As I am working on this, I have such a terrible headache that I hope this manages to look half-way decent when it posts.
- Grad school has been exhausting me on top of teaching and everything else I do.
- I just started a Facebook page for the blog but there isn’t a whole lot there yet.
- I didn’t get as much read as I should have this month. I am falling behind on grad school reading and ARCs.
My Favorite Book of October
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Note: I debated writing and posting this for some time. It can be very hard to openly speak of mental illness, particularly when the people in my life don’t always acknowledge that mine even exists. Please remember this is only my own experiences and my own opinions. I am not a doctor nor any type of health professional. I am only a crazy, young woman who likes to pray and read books.
My first post on my mental illness has been my most visited post since I published it. I hope that it has been able to help some people and I hope that this post can do the same.
As those of your who follow my blog already know, I am currently taking online grad school classes as I work towards my Master’s degree. Anyone in grad school can tell you that this is super-stressful. I feel that I am especially affected thanks to my high-functioning depression and anxiety. Grad school makes me crazy busy and, every day, I question my sanity on pursuing higher education.
Anyway, here are five things I do to deal with my high-functioning depression and anxiety during grad school. These are probably applicable to anyone that is in grad school or even college, but I can only speak for myself on that matter.