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Friendships when you have a mental illness

2017-11-04T17:18:29+00:00April 3rd, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones|

Written by Taylor Jones. I always pictured my 20's as a time I would constantly be surrounded by friends. I pictured myself partying, traveling, and going to bars with a whole gang of people who loved and respected me. I thought I would be #SquadGoals. But the truth is, here I am at 23, [...]

Don’t question my emotions. Don’t question my medications.

2017-11-04T17:18:39+00:00March 30th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Anti-psychotic medicines have become a regular part of my life. Every night around 10 I pop my pill, go to bed, and in the morning I (not so) magically wake up pretty balanced. Before medications I would wake up a monster or a slug. These balanced days that fill my [...]

Without my support team, I would be lost

2017-11-04T17:19:34+00:00March 27th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I've been told in the past that I don't get what it's like, because I have a family, I have supporters. This is true. My biggest motivator in my life right now (and there's a handful that are golden, beautiful people who don't doubt me) is my child. My son [...]

I’m probably going to be on medications for the rest of my life

2017-03-21T16:55:57+00:00March 21st, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I remember my ex looking at my pills, and taking them away from me, like you would take candy away from a child. "You don't need these." he told me. "Crazy people need these," which in hindsight, was hilarious, because as frequently as he called me crazy, it was only [...]

I never used to think of myself as a cutter

2017-03-20T18:15:13+00:00March 20th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I never used to think of myself as a cutter; I used to take kitchen knives and drag them along my skin, fantasizing about what it would feel like. Sometimes when I would be upset I would simply press the knife against the knife against my skin, not in a slicing [...]

I wasn’t ready to accept that something was wrong with me

2017-03-15T17:38:01+00:00March 15th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. The first time I got intensive help for my mental health was when I was arrested; my options were jail, or going to the mental facility at my local hospital. My first choice wasn't the mental hospital. I didn't want people to think I was crazy, and I was worried the [...]

I just knew I didn’t want to live anymore

2017-03-13T15:47:50+00:00March 13th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. The first time I thought about killing myself was after my first adoptive mom died; or at least that's the first time I remember thinking about it. I was living with my biological mom at the time, before I would be placed into foster homes. I didn't know what I [...]

Work is a lot more difficult to manage when you are mentally ill

2017-03-06T23:52:07+00:00February 27th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. At the age of 23 I can tell you (begrudgingly) that I have worked for 18 different employers in the past 4 years. Some jobs were seasonal, some jobs were not a good fit, some jobs I quit, and only one I was actually fired from. However, I have gone [...]

The first thing to go is mental health budgets

2017-03-06T23:52:07+00:00February 23rd, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Yesterday, I got to witness first hand the issue with budget cuts, when my intake for a psychiatric treatment center was cancelled, due to the doctors not being able to accept more patients. Something I had been planning for for weeks, something I was ready for, and something I put [...]

Dating with a mental illness isn’t always easy

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00February 14th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Dating with a mental illness isn't always easy; between mood swings, and sex drive changes, it can be a whirlwind of emotions, that usually results in heartache. Sometimes, however, you meet someone who can keep up with your emotions, who helps balance and regulate your thoughts, and who can make [...]

The Part Of My Mental Illness That’s Really Hard To Talk About

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00January 23rd, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I've always been very open about my mental illness; and I know that's not a common thing. I've made public statuses, blog posts, and announcements. I think I told my entire friend group the day I got out of the hospital in high school about my suicide attempt right at [...]

7 Things I Wish People Knew About Mental Illness Infographic

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00January 19th, 2017|Creative, blog, Design, Taylor Jones|

Here at Schizophrenic.NYC our team put together an infographic of a list of 7 things we wish people knew about mental illness. Take a look and let us know what you think Copy Written by Taylor Nicole Jones and Michelle Hammer Infographic designed by Michelle Hammer

Mental Health Resolutions

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00January 19th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Every year we make promises to ourselves to start doing things January 1st; work out more, make more money, travel somewhere. And while all of these are great goals, we tend to let them go by February, and go back to being the our old selves. What we tend to forget (aside from keeping our [...]

Should My Mental Illness Stop Me From Having Children? – By Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00January 4th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

There are a lot of big debates in the world of mental illness. What's better, holistic care or big pharma prescriptions? Assisted suicide or more intensive counseling? And of course, does mental health really exist (let me answer that with a big, fat yes). But as I've adventured into motherhood (and my 20's) I've [...]

We Can Choose Who We Call Family – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:08+00:00November 23rd, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

The Holidays are always a special time of year. Families and friends are celebrating, media seems to be a lot more jolly and delightful, music sounds like nostalgia and happiness. However, as much as it's "the most wonderful time of the year," it can also be a horror show to a lot of people; [...]

Find Your Voice – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:09+00:00October 10th, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Once again it's October 10, which means it's World Mental Health Day. This is a day that mental health is to be recognized, and people can speak out about their experiences. As a mental health advocate you'd expect me to be excited about this day, where people are speaking up, right? The answer is yes [...]

You Aren’t Possessed; You Are Actually Sick – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:09+00:00October 5th, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Since becoming a mental health advocate I've received a lot of uplifting messages. A very popular message I've received is that people are keeping me in their prayers, or that they will pray for me. Although I don't believe in most of these people's God, I appreciate it. I used to go to church, and [...]

How YOU Can Help A Suicidal Friend – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:09+00:00September 8th, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

*NOTE: ALTHOUGH THIS IS A POST ON HELPING OTHERS WHO ARE SUICIDAL, THIS POST DOES NOT APPLY TO SOMEONE WHO IS ACTIVELY TRYING TO END THEIR LIFE. IF SOMEONE HAS A PLAN AND CONFESSES TO YOU, PLEASE SAVE THE MESSAGES AND CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY SO THEY CAN BE ASSISTED BY PROFESSIONAL CARE. ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE MAD [...]

When I came out as a woman with mental illness, I was disappointed. – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:09+00:00August 31st, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

I’ve come out of closets before. For instance, I came out as bisexual when I went away to college. I made a big deal out of it, announcing on Facebook, quoting Lady Gaga, without talking to my family first. I thought I would get backlash from some people, so I was hoping the power [...]

What the Tagline “Don’t Be Paranoid, You Look Great” did for me. – by Taylor Jones

2017-03-06T23:52:10+00:00August 5th, 2016|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

I am proud to announce that Schizophrenic.NYC's newest staff blogger is Taylor Jones. What the Tagline "Don’t Be Paranoid, You Look Great" did for me. - by Taylor Jones My mental illness has made me feel a lot of things; anger, mania, sadness, even suicidal. But one of the main things I feel with mental illness [...]

Guest Blog: Finding the Right Psychiatric Treatment

2017-03-06T23:52:10+00:00July 27th, 2016|guest blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

I am proud to introduce Schizophrenic.NYC's guest blogger, Taylor Jones. Finding the Right Psychiatric Treatment  Finding the right psychiatric treatment is like finding your soulmate; you think it doesn’t exist, until you put a little effort in, and then you surprise yourself. However, it’s a little harder than falling in love. Because with mental illness, [...]

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