Coping & Thriving
Struggling to Get a Clear Mental Illness Diagnosis? You’re Not Alone.

When your diagnosis is unclear or not quite understood by mental health professionals, you often feel like an outsider, like you don't belong anywhere. Over ...

Being Bipolar: A Patient’s Firsthand Account

Being bipolar is hard. I was diagnosed when I was 16. My first boyfriend had just broken up with me, saying he couldn’t handle my angry outbursts and constant ...

How Owning a Dog When You’re Disabled Can Improve Your Well-Being

Living with a disability can present a multitude of challenges, both physical and emotional. One way of enhancing your quality of life and improving your ...

Chicory: A Colorful Tale Has a Powerful Mental Health Message for Artists

All too often, the mental health of artists is glamorized or dismissed entirely. Through the starving artist trope, it is taught through real people like ...

Have Epilepsy and Fear Going Out? Here’s How to Overcome Your Fear, According to Experts

If you have epilepsy and fear having a seizure in public, this guide will help you overcome anxiety and go outside with confidence. Epilepsy is a disorder of ...

8 Reasons Not to Compare Yourself to Celebrities with Mental Illness

I understand the premise of celebrities discussing mental health, positively influencing disability and perhaps being honest about their conditions. But ...

Can the Strong Black Woman Be Sick Too and Deserving of Rest?

The Strong Black Woman trope is the expectation that the ideal Black woman should act with emotional restraint, independence, and in caretaking roles. When we ...

When Your Father Isn’t Someone to Celebrate on Father’s Day

Here we are celebrating Father's Day, another holiday that honors a parent or father figure. Everyone is abuzz about cards, photo shoots, gifts, family meals, ...

How to Cope with Multiple Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illnesses come with an unpredictability that makes it hard to plan and can affect everyday life. Career paths, social lives, and relationships are ...

7 Small Steps You Can Take to Fine-Tune Your Mental Health

If you live with a mental illness, taking these seven small steps will help you fine-tune your mental health so you can heal and thrive. 1. See a therapist. ...

The Ability Toolbox
Register New Account