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13 Reasons Why I LOVE This Show

Kelley McElreath

13 Reasons Why I LOVE This Show

I just finished up watching this series today. Being an attempted suicide survivor myself, I thought I would share 13 Reasons Why I think this show is amazing and should be shown in every middle school and high school.   It is raw  It is a story that needed to be told  It is reality  It is authentic  It starts conversations  It is beautiful in its own way  It causes you to reflect on your own life when you were a teenager  It is impactful  It brings me hope  It is a lot of my own story but with a different ending...

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Could Chaos be Your Motivator?

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Chaos Chaotic Brain Depression manic depression Manic Monday Mental Health PTSD Sadness

Could Chaos be Your Motivator?

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche If you are anything like me, sometimes, your brain gets completely out of control and throws you into a tailspin of worry and doubt which then leads to several days of depressive thoughts and a really bad mindset.  I've heard that some people actually like chaos and that they live for it. I am not that person. However, I have found recently that my mind, in fact, can be chaotic. I would say this is about the 4th time I...

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When Sadness Speaks

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Depression manic depression Medication Mental Health PTSD Sadness

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it...” ~Nicholas Sparks I've been blogging and doing some podcasts lately about me coming off all medication. No more anti-depressants. This is my fourth attempt and hoping final attempt. You can see my last post about the difficulties I have had with it here http://bit.ly/2n4EFK5  One of the things I hated about taking medication is that it made me completely apathetic. I don't think I ever even realized the meaning of the word until I started taking Wellbutrin. There were countless times my teenage daughters would be...

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To Medicate or Not Medicate, THAT is the Question!

Kelley McElreath Anti-depressants anxiety attempted suicide survivor Depression manic depression Medication Mental Health PTSD Sadness

“Surviving isn't around us, but in us.” ~Shannon Alder I wish I could remember the exact date I stopped taking my anti-depressants. I know it has been somewhere between 4 - 5 months total. This is my fourth time attempting this over the past 4 years. So I guess I try it once a year roughly. The first 8-10 weeks or so are always fantastic! Everything goes so smoothly and I feel fine for the most part. I did a podcast where I talk about coming off medication and you can listen to it here, http://bit.ly/2nldASf . Week 12 comes along...

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Manic Monday Hiatus

Kelley McElreath Depression Manic Manic Monday Mental Health PTSD Sadness

Manic Monday Hiatus

I feel like I have hit a wall...

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