You’re not alone. I’ve been there too.
I have endured the awfulness of depression and anxiety most of my life. According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide have suffered along with me. It’s the pits. It’s scary. It has, at times, held me back from the better life I deserve.
I have been diagnosed with general anxiety and major depressive disorder. I’ve also been diagnosed with cyclothymia which I like to call chrysanthemum (a flower) because it makes me laugh. Chrysanthemum is manic depression-lite, kind of like soda-lite but way less delicious. I’ve also been diagnosed as “somewhere on the spectrum”. So, really, who knows? I am not critically ill. But I have absolutely been debilitated by my illness.
Over the many years of trying to wrangle my mental health, I’ve come up with a few tricks to help build my happiness immune system, prevent the freaky times, and get myself out of the hole of crushing gloom and panic. Cue Cards for My Happier Mind are those tricks. They’ve helped me. A lot.
I created an advisory board of mental health professionals to vet my ideas. They gave my tips two thumbs up.
I thought these Cue Cards might resonate with you, too. Whether you’re someone who occasionally feels socked in or someone who suffers deeply; whether you’re a teen, a grandma, or a guy just trying to get by, these tips can act as a guardrail if you feel the ground slipping away.
We all endure seriously tough times. We all struggle. I hope Cue Cards will remind you that you are not alone nor exceedingly rare. I hope, too, that they can help dilute the hurtful stigma that hangs over those of us who struggle with mental illness, including the stigma in our own heads.
I am not a therapist. I am just a gal who’s been through it. Cue Cards for My Happier Mind are absolutely no substitute for your health care provider and your therapist. We all need a trained professional to gauge how we’re doing and respond appropriately. We need someone to meet with when we’re sinking, spinning, or just trying to figure shit out. I hope Cue Cards can be a partial antidote, a crutch on your quest to feeling better.
I send you love on this journey of yours, and all the wishes in the world that you know how worthwhile you are. Even in the darkness. You’re not alone. I’ve been there too.