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The Optimist in Progress
The Optimist in Progress

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Kind Mind Blog
Hello dear readers! I have recently decided to re-brand my site to Kind Mind. The purpose of the new site is similar to this purpose of this site—to ignite hope in those who suffer from mental illnesses. I will be deleting this site soon, so please be sure ...
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Why I Get High
“Manic depression — or bipolar disorder — is like racing up to a clifftop before diving headfirst into a cavity. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the psychic equivalent of an extreme sport. The manic highs — that exhilarating rush to the top of the cliff ...
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Not All Secrets Are Worth Keeping
So, you have a secret. You don't tell anybody about how hard it is to get out of bed in the morning, that you lie there just willing yourself to move day after day. Nobody knows about the overwhelming anxiety that smothers you and suffocates you. Your close...
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If You Pray Hard Enough, Your Mental Illness Will Go Away
I found myself on my knees, tears streaming down my face, hands clenched so tightly together that my knuckles were white. My room was dark, and my legs were starting to ache from how long I'd been kneeling. I kept repeating the same thing, "Please take it a...
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What to do When You're Depressed
Whether you are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or going through a personal crisis, or honestly if you're just human--you'll be depressed at times. The depression may range from mild blues to not being able to get out of bed. So, what do you...
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Get Happy
When I was a senior in high school, my English teacher invited us all to write a letter to our future selves. She promised to hold onto those letters, and to then mail them to us after five years had passed. I had forgotten all about this, until I received ...
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Get Happy
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Guest Post: Suicide and Self-Harm
Intro: This guest post was authored by Kendra Dawson. We were in a ward together our freshman year of college. One day, I saw that she had written a Facebook post about her experiences with suicide attempts and self-harm. I was blown away by her candor as I...
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What Are You Going to Do?
*The painting featured in this post was beautifully created by an artist from Recreate, a company that specializes in capturing moments that just can't be captured in photos. I was able to share this special moment of mine with a Recreate artist, who then b...
What Are You Going to Do?
What Are You Going to Do?
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I Love My Mental Illnesses
I can't tell you how many times I've gotten furious about having mental illnesses. I've raged at God for giving me this trial. Everyone kept telling me "Hold on! It gets better!" But it didn't. "Three years. Three freaking years." I have thought to myself a...
I Love My Mental Illnesses
I Love My Mental Illnesses
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What Being Caught In A Rip Current Taught Me About The Savior
Over Christmas break, I got to go on an amazing vacation with my family and another family from our neighborhood. Our last two days were spent in Puerto Rico. The first day, we relaxed on the beach. After lounging a little bit, a group of us decided to walk...
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