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…

The times I felt like this whole life thing was one big charade.

Sometimes, I curse at myself. I motivate myself rationalizing that all my work does not really matter, that all of this is one big joke. I feel like this life thing is just a game where nothing really matters and the only point is passing the time — and I press forward with the same cynicism to keep myself going.

As a teacher, a graduate student, a writer, and an editor, my mindset and my actions are two completely different stories. While I feel like I’m not doing a good job like I’m just sandbagging my way through life like…

Let’s get rid of the misconceptions and the outdated image of autism.

Image by the author. Image description: categories of autism under DSM-IV and DSM-5.
Image by the author. Image description: categories of autism under DSM-IV and DSM-5.

Recently, Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live, and he claimed to be the first person with Asperger’s to host the show. This statement has been proven false by other sources. The Canadian actor Daniel Aykroyd was the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL. However, the focus of my story is not to discuss the first host on SNL with Asperger’s.

My purpose in writing this story is to shed some light on the usage of outdated terminology used by celebrities and influencers to describe their diagnoses. Instead of using the Asperger’s label, Elon Musk should have used autism. To…

Our relationship with money is killing us softly

“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”

— American Actor/Will Smith —

Most of my life, I have been broke.

For so many of us, money is an elusive dream. It was always there, seemingly right in front of us at all times. No matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to evade our desire for more money.

Those new clothes that you saw teasing you in the window of your favorite store. The never-ending parade of bills for things we barely care for. The unintentional need to spend more just to make…

My fear-fueled journey to getting back on my bike

I always viewed my anxiety as a nuisance. It was this annoying voice I had to deal with to do the things I needed or wanted to do. In the past I could push through the fear, exposing myself to the trigger to lessen the reaction in the future. But this tactic stopped working recently, and I had no idea how to handle the dread I was feeling.

I had been struggling to get back on my bicycle after a two-year hiatus. Pregnancy forced me to take a break, and afterward, the baby needed all of my time and energy…

Your quick guide for any family gatherings

BPD people have a hard time in social interactions.

For as long as I can remember, I was not too fond of family gatherings that included my mother. As you can imagine, when I was a child and during early adulthood, all family gatherings had her, which made celebrations like Christmas, Easter, and birthdays anxiety-inducing events.

My mother is socially awkward. Her behavior stems from low self-esteem issues, which she tends to hide by overcompensating. Consequently, she becomes very loud in a group setting, and if she doesn’t have her way, she’s quick to snap. My mother doesn’t seem to care that she’s making a scene. …

As someone with autism, I’m nowhere near ready to return to in-person work.

When I started working from home in March of 2020, I didn’t feel quite as awful as many of my peers did. Sure, I experienced the same unprecedented, ever-present anxiety that a previously-unheard-of disease was going to make me die a slow and painful death that everyone else was. But to some extent, being in lockdown felt strangely calming.

No longer did I have to drive every day — something that, although I didn’t live far from my workplace, has always given me anxiety. No longer did I have to deal with the intensely distracting and often overwhelming atmosphere of…

I didn’t believe in intergenerational trauma until now.

If I showed you a photograph of emaciated bodies piled up on the dirt floor of a concentration camp, you’d probably feel sadness. Maybe you’d even feel flashes of rage.

Something different happens to me. Long before I knew much about the fate of my forebears, when we studied the Holocaust at school I was consumed with stress and shame.

Even before that, I’ve had murmuring background anxiety for as long as I can remember. As a child, I had recurring nightmares, an extremely sensitive fight-or-flight response, and problems with low self-esteem. …

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…

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