Tools and resources to help open the conversation around mental health at a time when we need it most.

Our goal here at Invisible Illness is always to offer a safe space for people to share their mental health stories as well as provide resources for anyone who is struggling. Lately, our big focus has been on presenting research-backed articles about mental health and overcoming mental illness, alongside personal accounts of individual struggles and victories.

We hope that by talking openly about mental illness, we can help to remove the stigma surrounding it and help the conversation become more approachable.

Talking about mental illness can be a scary conversation. The feelings one experiences can often be hard to describe…

Take part in any way you can—even a small effort is enough

May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Suicide was already the 10th most common cause of death in the US before the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the impact that the pandemic has had on our collective emotional well-being, there’s never been a more important time than now to for all of us to be talking about our emotional well-being.

There’s an infinite number of ways to be part of the event, and no previous experience or knowledge is required. You don’t have to either work in the sector or have struggled with your own mental health to join in and make…

I’m still trying to get my life back on track

I had a tough couple of years. After graduating from film school, I struggled to find a job like many of my peers. I was working for free or wasn’t working at all. My film wasn’t getting accepted at any film festivals. I fell out with my best friend. I got into an abusive relationship that took me three years to get out of. I got diagnosed with borderline personality disorder on top of an existing bipolar affective disorder diagnosis. Life was happening. I was slowly getting drained without even realizing it.

Then suddenly, in a matter of months, I…

How it feels to live with Trichotillomania.

Looking through old photos the other day I found a few from my young childhood that clearly show bald patches in my eyebrows from my anxious, absent-minded hair-plucking. Shortly after the below photo was taken, I had long bangs cut into my hair to hide my patchy eyebrows.

I was already self-conscious and embarrassed about how I looked and my anxiety was only making it worse, by causing me to pick and pluck at my own hair even more.

And what you can do about it

I have spent my entire life believing other people are better than me. It didn’t matter what my loved ones said; they were just coddling me. Or worse, lying to make me feel better. I was unlovable, a waste of space, and that was that. That was as axiomatically true as the fact that water is wet.

It was around the time of my clinical depression diagnosis (2013-ish) that my psychiatrist told me I had an inferiority complex. Hurray, I thought bitterly. Mind telling me how I can get rid of it?

The four ways to help mental health sufferers say what they need

My loved one with mental health issues is very misunderstood.

When they say how they feel, they can struggle to make sense. Some days it’s clear, and others it’s impossible to know they’re trying to convey. Despite speaking perfect English, they desperately need subtitles.

I watch in great hardship as they can’t answer a simple question. “What do you want for dinner?” becomes a contentious, nightly debate.

But more arduous is the confusion from the people around them. ‘How can they not answer what they want for dinner? How can they not know what they want?’ But for someone with…

It’s okay to take care of yourself first when you’re the child of an alcoholic

Mother’s day is a made-up holiday as far as I’m concerned. It’s a marketing ploy to get people to spend money on things they don’t need, as most commercialized holidays are. But Mother’s Day, in particular, is difficult for me. It’s one of those days that I can’t bring myself to go on social media. I can’t stomach the sappy posts about how much people love their moms and how awesome they are and how grateful they are for them. Not because I don’t want that for other people, of course, I do. But because I am moving through the…

A means to reprocessing and embodiment

“Louise often feels like part of her is acting. At the same time, “there is another part ‘inside’ that is not connecting with the me that is talking to you,” she says. When the depersonalization is at its most intense, she feels like she just doesn’t exist. These experiences leave her confused about who she really is, and quite often, she feels like an actress or simply, a fake.”~ Daphne Simeon, Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self

Often folks who reach out to me for complex trauma treatment describe feeling unreal and disembodied. Sometimes they refer…

I couldn’t just “toughen up,” and it nearly destroyed me

I’ll never forget driving back to my college dorm room crying, shaking, and bleeding. I went down the turnpike with shards of glass still in my hair and blood on my knuckles and head. My girlfriend spent the entire ride trying to calm me down to no avail. I dropped her off at her college and retreated into my dark bedroom.

My roommates despised me for whatever reason and didn’t care to ask what happened to me. I spent the night alone, staring down out of the window of my fourth-floor room. Darkness shrouded me. Deep down, I knew I…

A year in and I got a plethora of body aches and anxieties I’ve never had in my life.

I seldom go into detail about personal issues going on in my life, however I have to vent to someone about this. So, naturally, my number one choice is a bunch of strangers on the internet.

First off, being in front of your laptop for most of your day truly sucks the life out of you. Here’s how it usually goes for me:

The first thing I feel about an hour in is eye strain and dry eye. Then, my attention span depletes over and over. With a million distractions at home, even in the quietest of rooms, this one…

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