Intro to Self-Help

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Hello everyone 🙂

I would like to say why I want to do self-help and sorta what I’m going to do! This section means a lot to me and I wanted to express why I am doing going to be so invested in this and my blog.

I suffer from depression, a couple anxiety disorders and PTSD I also have autism. A butt load of stuff right? Over the years I have struggled to find coping skills that help (none ever really worked for about 5 years) and be able to cope in general, it was miserable and I hated that and wished it on n one. I resorted to cutting for about 6 years, in the last year I have been able to stop. Within the last 6-8 months, my mood has brightened. The past 6 years have been the hardest years of my life, I sometimes wish they have never happened and they would just disappear from existence, but without those years, I wouldn’t be who I am today. love for my fandoms and games has tremendously helped me so has writing and gaming.

I have built friendships in online communities that I would never have dreamed of, some of these people are my best friends and nobody could replace any of them. Those online communities really helped.
One story I would like to share but am scared too is this:

I had been bullied by some girls really badly to the point it got with the cops. I was considering killing myself, I had Supernatural on in the background it was playing  “Hunteri Heroici” one of my favorite episodes but I wasn’t really paying attention then eventually my mind went to the TV (I get distracted easily) and a cat goes “Dumbass” and I start laughing, I remembered the scene because Castiel was interrogating the cat.
I then found this quote:

Why I wanted to start helping people is because I hated seeing other suffers too, I’ve always to stop the pain and never have them feel the pain I did, or at least ease it. I’ve felt useless at helping myself, so why not teach others how to handle their mental disorders better than I can?

What I want to do in the Self-Help section is make Printables (maybe even fandom related ones) and do Journals. I already have one I’m working on. I also want to do funny posts and what to do when your sad or anxious 🙂

Anyways, keep living the fandom geek life! That’s all!

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42 Responses to Intro to Self-Help

  1. Kat says:

    I’m so sorry to read about issues you suffer from. And I agree: everything that happened in the past gives us experience and makes us stronger. We should always try to leave past behind us and live here and now. I wish you all the best.

  2. Things that happen in the past make us stronger. We have to keep going! Wish you the best 🙂

  3. Hannah Green says:

    What a super brave blog post for you to have written, you should feel really proud of yourself. I am so sorry to hear what you have been through and I am sure still have days to struggle with too. I am so glad you found something to help you through and that you’ve made some positive connections online, these communities are so supportive and helpful. As hard as it is, try and focus on all the positive things people say and digest but quickly let go of the nasty ones.
    The way you are planning to help others is such a wonderful thing, I think you are going to do many good things – we are all behind you.

  4. Amber Myers says:

    I think it’s so important to help others. My son also has autism and makes YouTube videos on what life is like with it.

  5. It’s brave of you to share your story and try to help others overcome their challenges too. Love your focus on using humor.

  6. Gemma says:

    Blogging is a great way to pour out all your thoughts and outlet for your emotions. Keep on sharing you are doing great!

  7. mira pstr says:

    you look a strong person and wise, it is better to leave the past and keep going, great blog and great post.

  8. Katja says:

    Such a brave post – and you should be very proud of yourself for having the courage to use your voice and wanting to help others. Past belongs in the past but it’s brought us to where we are now – we should learn from it, not fear it or waste time regretting it. 🙂
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

    • Jenna VanHoof says:

      Thank you, the past is hard and having PTSD makes it even harder but I don’t regret because I wouldn’t be here today wanting to help people 🙂

  9. Amazing! I have done a few posts on this topic as well because anxiety is a daily part of my life. I know it’s hard, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other. It won’t be like this forever!

  10. Robin Rue says:

    This is so beautiful! There are so many times when we feel alone in what we are facing. We need to take measures to make sure that we can be their for ourselves when it seems that way.

  11. I am pleased to hear that you found some online communities to find acceptance. It is terrible that you were being bullied and I don’t think people realise the harm they are causing by bullying. Stay strong.

  12. You aren’t alone in your struggles. I have suffered with depression and COPD for years now. Although we don’t suffer from the same things, we do have a lot of similarities. So, I sorta know what you are going through. Just know that there are those around who can help.

    • Jenna VanHoof says:

      Thank you, I know different mental illnesses can mean the some of the same (sorta) struggles but we all have to know that we are not alone and to put our chin up and fight 🙂

  13. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for being so honest! I’m sure your openness is going to help lots and lots of people!

  14. Ashlea says:

    I commend you on being honest and admitting you have some problems. Many people can not admit that so do not seek the help they need.

  15. Jetsyn says:

    You saved me a lot of halsse just now.

  16. Deejay says:

    Alzomaaam-infkraation found, problem solved, thanks!

  17. Burchard says:

    Well put, sir, well put. I’ll celirtnay make note of that.

  18. Jayde says:

    I was drawn by the hoetsny of what you write

  19. Emmy says:

    Wham bam thank you, ma’am, my quneoitss are answered!

  20. Viney says:

    If I cotuinmcamed I could thank you enough for this, I’d be lying.

  21. Lettice says:

    I can’t hear anihytng over the sound of how awesome this article is.

  22. Honey says:

    I can’t hear anynihtg over the sound of how awesome this article is.

  23. Ziggy says:

    I love reading these articles because they’re short but ineromativf.

  24. Shirley says:

    I’m quite pleased with the inftamroion in this one. TY!

  25. Jennabel says:

    Way to use the internet to help people solve prbleoms!

  26. Eve says:

    Keep these arltices coming as they’ve opened many new doors for me.

  27. Budd says:

    Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of knoegedlw?!

  28. Wilma says:

    I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it exmeltrey easy for me!

  29. Stella says:

    Sharp thignink! Thanks for the answer.

  30. Tina says:

    With all these silly wesstieb, such a great page keeps my internet hope alive.

  31. I love that you’re using your history and your journey to mental wellness as a way to guide others in the same direction. Very brave of you – so many people never find the strength to speak out, and sometimes it’s just knowing that someone else is out there that gives people the ability to go one more day.

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