Welcome to Butterfly MIND, a mental health recovery space by Gen Z
Questions about Covid-19 were not on Google’s “Year in Search” 2022 list of top health-related queries. Instead, Google found its users asking about mental health recovery, specifically for “coping” and “curing” anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you’ve found yourself asking Dr. Google why you or your child’s mind is like this, you aren’t alone.
Mental health conversations rightfully rose to prominence during pandemic-imposed isolation, and it’s reasonable to assume this is because of the “collective trauma” induced by the public health crisis and macroeconomic turbulence. This shared experience gave neurotypicals, people with no severe mental health conditions, a glimpse into what it’s like to deal with chronic anxiety or depression.
Unfortunately many people with enduring mental illnesses do not know how or where to start their recovery journey.
That’s probably how you find this blog and if it is, welcome. Butterfly MIND is a free source on all topics related to resources and recovery. It is possible to achieve remission (an extended absence of symptoms) from conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, eating and/or substance use disorders.
Butterfly MIND will also debunk mental health and illness myths and break down stigma. For example, Google’s “Year in Search” mis-classified ADHD as a mental illness. ADHD is a developmental disorder and as such will never end in “remission.” Similar to dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder, ADHD is a life-long “neurodiverse” brain makeup.
If you want Butterfly MIND to be your mental health recovery bff then I’ll be telling you what you need to hear, not what you want. And hear this: You are worthy of experiencing love and joy exactly as you are.
It’s okay if you don’t believe me. But if you’re seeking inspiration in someone else’s story, then congratulations! You aren’t neurotypical, and we’re officially in this discovery together.
Butterfly MIND can be a space for you to witness how investing in mental health can work for some. It worked for me, and it didn’t make neurotypical, just so you know. Adjust your expectations as needed.
Our Butterfly MIND’s make us who we are: Distracted, creative, inspired. That busy mind may leave us feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or unorganized.
We’ll explore therapy, misinformation, education, stigma, body image, self esteem, self expression, advocacy, journaling, mindfulness, athletics, psychedelics and other emerging treatments. You are welcome to visit the COMMUNITY tab to interact with and ask questions of your fellow readers or request topics.