Love Yourself As You Love Your Fave

Love Yourself As You Love Your Fave

Hey, everybody! I’m Amanda Lynn, and this is the inaugural post on my new blog, The Fangirl’s Guide to Happiness. This is a blog that puts a fandom spin on the subjects of self-help and self-development, and hopefully will help equip members of fandom (however you identify is totally cool on this blog) to become their best selves, or at least take a few steps in that direction.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m the happiest person alive or anything—far from it, actually!—but I’ve been in professional psych therapy for many years, and I read a shit-ton* of self-help and self-development books. I have depression (or possibly type 2 bipolar), anxiety, ADHD, and a “mixed” personality disorder, whatever that is. I’ve also struggled with self-harm, multiple eating disorders, addiction, and suicidal ideation in the past. I was just awarded Social Security Disability for all this stuff, so it definitely affects my everyday life in a big way. Unfortunately, just reading and writing about self-help does not necessarily mean I’m able to take all of my own advice. But I have learned a few things about how to make life suck less, and that’s what I want to share with you.

So, my very first Fangirl Secret to Happiness is this:

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I suppose I should start this entry by apologizing for the two and a half months of radio silence. I’m truly sorry that I’m unable to write on a consistent schedule due to my persistent depression. Currently my primary mental health diagnosis is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), but I suspect my psychiatrist may change it to Cyclothymia (aka Bipolar 3) at my next appointment on July 1. Cyclothymia is considered the “mild” form of Bipolar Disorder (BPD), as if it isn’t just as soul-sucking and life-destroying as the other two kinds. Read more