This Lupus Life

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Mental Illness and the Importance of Taking Care of Yourself

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This is incredibly insightful and well written. I thoroughly support the importance of taking care of yourself and the surprisingly large impact it can have on mental health.


People with mental illnesses such as depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, and other mental issues are often not in the habit of taking care of themselves.

We will neglect our personal hygiene like taking showers, brushing our teeth and brushing our hair. We don’t tend to go to the beauty shop or the barber to get our hair cut every 2 months like other people do.

We rarely wear makeup or brush our hair. When we are in a state of severe mental torment, these things just seem like a waste of energy or we don’t think of them at all.

We don’t think we are worth the trouble or we are too depressed to get out of bed to get into the shower.

Our diet becomes neglected. We either under eat or overeat. We don’t think about the food groups or vitamins. It simply does not seem important and we…

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Author: Chevron Spots

I am in my mid twenties and fighting my battles to discover who I am and where I fit in to this zany, beautiful world. I was diagnosed with Lupus in in 2008. This takes up most of my focus, as I want to share the experience of trying to live with and rise above chronic invisible illness, so to speak. I would like to stress very much the information regarding medications, medical procedures and illnesses are discussed from my point of view, and with my understanding, colloquialisms and metaphors. I do not attempt to be legally and precisely accurate for the general population, rather I try to be emotionally and descriptively true to my experiences. I hope I can help in understanding others with chronic illness by providing one more personal recount of just how spontaneous and difficult these lives really are. One day I hope to visit every continent, climb some pretty high mountains, sleep in an ice cavern, marry a wonderfully understanding man, have children and teach more children. Mostly, I just want a simple life, you know the house with a husband and kids. Oh, and no pain.

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