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Why having mental disorders doesn’t define me.

I have alluded to in previous posts (here and here) about personally suffering from mental disorders. Today I’m going to expand on that. It’s about to get personal and vulnerable.   Yup. I’m going there.   A while back, on Bell’s Let’s Talk day, I decided to share a picture I sketched 15 years ago; a picture and a caption regarding …

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Why you need to grow a garden.

I have suffered from and have been diagnosed with several different types of mental disorders since my teen years. I am so blessed to say that with intensive therapy and at some points medication, I have been able to overcome a lot of those disorders. I’m not ‘cured’ by any means and still suffer from anxiety disorders as well as seasonal affective disorder, otherwise …

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Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier.

Practicing creativity can make you happier and healthier. It’s true. Of course, you would expect that coming from the mouth of an artist. But it goes further than just the “art makes a person happy” trope. As far back as I can remember, I would feel this instinctually subconscious need to express myself creatively as a way of feeling better mentally and emotionally. I would start …

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Naomi Pahl, Artist. An introduction.

I have been creative as long as I can remember. One of my first creative memories was when I was in grade one. I had to sculpt a person out of vegetables and toothpicks as a companion project for the children’s fable, ‘Stone Soup’. My vegetable sculpture was a success and I was called in front of the school assembly to show …