Coping with Comorbidity

Comorbidity, simply put, is the simultaneous existence of one or more additional disorders co-occurring with a main one. This can be applied to both physical and mental health, but I’ll be focusing on the mental health aspect today. Living with one disorder can be difficult, let alone several. Many disorders can be comorbid with each … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


Happy Enough

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking about all sorts of things, but for this week I’d like to bring the topic back to dysthymia. The most prominent aspect of dysthymia, as I’ve written about previously, is the chronic, long-lasting, and less-severe nature of the depression involved. One thing I’ve struggled with, as I’m … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


Supporting Your Fellow Mentally Ill Friends

There are lots of blog posts and articles out there in the wonderful World Wide Web for how to support your friends and family who have mental illness. This got me thinking: How different is it to support your friends and family who are struggling with mental illness, while also having mental health problems yourself? … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


Mental Health On The Go

If there’s one thing that my mental illness is to me, it’s inconvenient. As someone with depression and anxiety, I vaguely know what sets each one off, but they can still catch me by surprise on occasion. And as much as anxiety-sufferers would love to have anxiety attacks solely in the peace of their own … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


On Being Diagnosed Early

There’s been a lot of talk recently concerning youth mental health. It’s become more of a concern over the last few years, which is great! According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, approximately 10-20% of all youths in Canada are affected by a mental illness or disorder. As a recent former Teen With Mental Illness, … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


Dysthymia 101: Misconceptions

Hello! I’m back again with another addition to Dysthymia 101. This time I’ll be discussing a few misconceptions regarding dysthymia. Because dysthymia is relatively unheard of in today’s society, it carries with it many misconceptions and false information. These are just five of the most common things I hear related to dysthymia that aren’t necessarily … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.


Dysthymia 101: What is it?

I was in grade 10 when I was first diagnosed with mental illness. Walking nervously into the psychiatrist’s office for an official diagnosis, I already had a pretty good idea of what kinds of mental illnesses I suffered from. I knew about anxiety, and the words ‘body dysmorphic disorder’ had been floating around in my … Continued

About Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz is a recent college graduate. Her interest in mental health started when she was diagnosed in high school. Her other interests lie in writing, music, theatre, and cats.