Mental illnesses can take even the most bubbly, energetic, charismatic person and turn them into a sad, grey, and lonely person. I personally have experienced this. It is a hard road, but we can all get through it with hard work and support from others.
I think the bored pandas helped. Without knowing it they have given me lots of amazing strangers that I can talk to about things I'd be to shy to talk about even to my closest friends and i thank you all for it.
Hobbies! Lots and lots of hobbies!!
I cry, I don’t cope well. But when I can pull myself together enough to help me out I dance, read, Look at the internet to make me laugh but stay away from the news that makes it worse. Art and being outside sometimes help too.
Good coping: Painting, writing and recording music, building things, filming and producing shorts and short-lived series on YouTube, powerlifting, Crossfit, Strongman, running, drawing, journaling, therapy, bupropion... There's probably more.
Not particularly well. Ended up in a coma in ICU last April. Got a horse in September. Doing better now. Got chores, exercise, therapy all in one beautiful creature with a leg on each corner.
I've managed my adhd by experimenting with different routines, and practicing self-discipline. I'm currently in counselling for my OCD, and I have yet to completely cope with my general anxiety.
Having hobbies and surrounding myself with reliable friends and family who I can turn to. Community is important, because we can don’t everything alone
With therapy and antidepressants and just go on living my life with all the ups and downs. What also helped was laughing every day. My dear husband made sure I laughed every day at least once.
From one bunny to another! I try to distract myself by making 3D models, taking my cockatiel for a walk in his carrier, or talking to him or having a nap together. Or I read, talk to friends, play games online or do one of those diamond dot paintings. Or get hugs from my boyfriend :)
I've coped (and am still coping) with my anxiety mostly with nerd things that make me happy. Books, art, Rubik's cube, origami,etc. Bored panda has probably been one of the most non mentally damaging internet sites I've been on, the community here has helped. Thanks.
I HAVEN'T COPED W IT YET :]
I have schizoaffective disorder. To keep grounded these days I spend time with my dog, craft, create, and currently making a career move. And apparently use a lot of words beginning with the letter C.
My writing is my biggest outlet. I've got PTSD, A-typical depression, I'm going to try to get my ADHD diagnosed this year. The PTSD gives me flashbacks, Anexity attacks, panic attacks (yes they're different), and I've got a couple more things going that I don't like to talk about.
Music, writing, those things helped ground me expressing everything boiling around inside of me I couldn't express out loud. That helped the most. I dragged myself out of a lot of stuff. Years of therapy helped too. I strongly recommend finding a therapist to anyone, there's just so much and they have an outside view you don't get yourself.
Reading as much as you can about about your condition can help you understand it. If you understand it you can get yourself to a place where you can accept that you are not alone.
Relevant therapy (it took me a few attempts to find the right place and technique).
I use animated films to try and understand other people, they tend to exaggerate and articulate feelings more so I can use that in the real world.
My escape is video games, when I need to shut off completely I use the PlayStation to literally take me to another life.