Three Words Everyone With Mental Illness Should Know

2014_wspd_banner_englishToday is World Suicide Prevention Day.  In the United States, according to the CDC, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death.  In fact, one person dies of suicide every 13.3 minutes.   In honor of this day, I’m sharing an an article of mine that was published on the White House’s mental health blog.  I wrote about how I lost a friend to suicide at the age of 18, and how it led me to get a diagnosis of bipolar 2.   I also talk about what tools I use to maintain my mental health.  You can read my article here.

If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

See Fashionably ill’s Top 10 mental health articles here:  http://jessicagimeno.com/?page_id=2491 

 –Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

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JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

2 thoughts on “Three Words Everyone With Mental Illness Should Know

  • September 11, 2014 at 1:52 am
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    I found this website by accident, Ive been feeling hopeless lately. This is pretty random of me to leave a message on a blog, I usually don’t. I have bipolar one. Im 26 years old. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. But I want to say you are a strong person. Stronger than anyone I’ve ever met. I don’t know if your filipino, whether it matters or not but I am too. Im just babbling on. Its been a rough few years for me. Just wanted to drop a message. Going to bed soon, you know how it is with sleep and bipolar haha.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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      Hi Nathan,
      I’ve been giving your comments a lot of thought. I’ve been meaning to get back to you. I appreciate you bravely sharing part of your story. I did have a depressive day this week but most of the time, I feel “free” with regards to bipolar. Once upon a time, years ago, I felt hopeless constantly. I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be like that all the time. It often takes more than one tool to fight bipolar disorder–tomorrow I see my psychiatrist. It was a rough day yesterday–took me five hours to get out of bed! But I did it. I threw everything at the wall until something stuck–prayed, recited Bible verses, put my Rocky boxing gloves on, listened to Eye of the Tiger, watched some Pacquiao fights, opened up to friends (even if it was by text and private Facebook posts–I started a prayer circle, which is a closed group on Facebook), some friends prayed for me. I was able to exercise; the exercise releases endorphins and it’s always helped me fight depression. I felt victorious after doing it. Can you attend a support group, even if it’s online? I know some bipolar groups. Not sure if you have a therapist. Here’s a post I wrote on 5 tools I use for maintaining my sanity: http://jessicagimeno.com/?p=1181 (Oh, and yes, I am Filipino.)
      Hoping the best for you, Jessica

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