I Am Mental Illness

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that Double X Science is running a series of personal stories about mental illness. They posted mine on Friday.

I’m suicidal. Not just at the moment, though we’ll see how things go by the end of the post.

You can read my post here and the whole series here.


  1. hjhornbeck says

    If I may mangle a phrase: you may be mental illness, but you’re not alone. My battles with depression sound eerily similar, from the sudden onsets to the problems with getting people to accept that a rational person can go through bouts of irrationality. I’m wondering how common this pattern is.

  2. frankathon says

    WOW I needed this. I was just diagnosed with functioning borderline personality disorder. I understand on a real fundamental level with what you wrote.
    You can’t reason or rationalise yourself out of mental illness.

    Thank you for all you do!

  3. Physics or Stamp Collecting says

    Thank you. I started dealing with suicidal thoughts (not even thoughts that I should die, just intense awareness that I could if I wanted to) for the first time sometime last year, and it’s good to hear others’ experiences with them in a context that’s not just “Considering suicide is a cry for help!” which is most of the message that I heard as a child and doesn’t fit with my experience at all. It’s good to hear it’s not just me.