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Hello there, friend!

I created this blog as a way to freely discuss my struggles with mental illness, and my hope is that people might eventually utilize my blog as a resource for understanding and discussing their own and/or others’ struggles, whatever those may be.  I have dealt with the effects of depression and (unknowingly until recently) ADHD and dermatillomania for much of my life.  It is often difficult to openly talk about these things with family and friends for a variety of reasons; for me, most of my family is biased and manipulativeas well as an unfortunate source of my depressionand many of my friends just cannot fully relate to my symptoms since they themselves do not have the same mental illnesses.

One of the best decisions I ever made for myself, however, was to go to counseling during my time in graduate school.  Having the ability to talk about your past, your brokenness, your hardships, and your pain without being met with judgment or indifference is a truly cathartic experience.  Sometimes counseling appointments can’t come soon enough, though, and that is where mindamie comes into play.

In this blog, I will talk about the broken pieces of myself that have contributed to my depression and how I deal with it from day-to-day.  I will talk about the difficulties of living with ADHD and dermatillomania and what I am doing to cope with them.  I will also examine and provide resources that I have found to be useful for these disorders, including books, websites, mobile apps, and the like.  If you catch me in an ADHD moment—which will probably happen more often than not—then you’ll even get a chance to experience my chaotic thought processes!

All in all, I pray that those who read this blog can find themselves in the narrative of my experiences and realize that they are not alone in this journey called life.  Please remember:  Never give up.  Things will get better.  You are special.  I care.  You are never alone.  ❤

–mindamie

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