Working on Us, Week 2: Mental Health Challenges

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information and the guidelines, click here. I am going to respond to Prompt 1.

What is the most challenging thing you face with regard to your mental illness? For me, the answer is lack of motivation. When I’m depressed it’s sometimes impossible to get out of bed. And if I do make it out of bed, I really have to push myself to shower. Even then it’s hard to push myself. All I want to do is lie around in my pajamas.


Does this sound familiar?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

8 thoughts on “Working on Us, Week 2: Mental Health Challenges

  1. Boy, oh boy can I understand the motivation thing… Especially when major depression is in play. I’ve been this way now for months, and this past week really did a number to me. Not one thing of importance has gotten done.
    Thank you, so very much for participating in Week #2 “Working on Us” God Bless!

    1. I know what it’s like to feel that you’ve had an unproductive day/week. I try not to beat myself up for not getting things done.

      1. I’m actually not really beating myself up over it like I use to. However, it’s my OCD that strikes and if I don’t have things in order and clean, my depression worsens. Today, is one of those days where I have to get certain things done in order to make me feel a bt calmer. I don’t know if that’s makes any sense, but this is something that has always been the case with me… Even when I was working.

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