Dirty Dishes & Mental Illness


If you're like most people, you probably think that mental illness is something that can be cured or that only affects people who are "crazy." But the truth is, mental illness is a real and serious problem that affects millions of people around the world. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. And yet, despite how common mental illness is, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding it.



This is something that Coach Kelly Marie knows all too well. Kelly Marie is a black woman living with mental health disorders and decided to start a podcast called Living the Front Seat Life to share her story and help others who are struggling.


"I'm living a life that appears to be mentally healthy because of the medication, because of the therapy, because of the work that I do, the work I put into myself."

In this episode, Kelly Marie opens up about her own mental health journey and how she's learned how to recognize when she's in a depression episode.



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Here are some key takeaways:

1. It is still possible to find yourself in the middle of an episode, even with all the mental checklists and the therapy appointments and the selfcare components.

2. Dirty dishes, wardrobe malfunctions and problems with sleep let me know that I'm in trouble.

3. I realize that sharing the details of my own mental health struggles on my podcast is necessary for the healing of my listeners.


1. It is still possible to find yourself in the middle of an episode, even with all the mental checklists and the therapy appointments and the selfcare components.

This was something I realized this week when I noticed some signs and symptoms that I was in the middle of an episode. I was washing dishes earlier this week, and I noticed that the mold was growing on them. I also noticed that I was having a hard time finding clothes to wear to work. I would try on several outfits and then end up not wearing any of them. I realized that I was in the middle of an episode and that I needed to take some steps to get myself out of it. I reached out to my therapist and we made a plan to talk more frequently. I also made sure to take some time for self-care and to do things that make me happy.


2. The thing that lets me know that I'm in trouble is when I can't find something to wear to work.

When you can't find something to wear to work, it's a sign that something is not right. This could be due to a mental health episode or an increase in symptoms of a mental health disorder. If you notice this happening, it's important to take a step back and assess what's going on. Are you feeling more stressed than usual? Is there something going on at work that is causing you anxiety? Are you having difficulty sleeping? Taking a look at the bigger picture can help you determine what's going on and how to best deal with it.


3. I have been neglecting sharing the very stories with you that I said that I would.

The third step in this process is to get real with yourself. This means being honest about your mental health and your ability to cope with stress. It also means being honest about your triggers and your symptoms. This can be a difficult process, but it is necessary in order to get the help you need.


It can be difficult to deal with mental illness, but it is possible to get help and to find ways to cope. If you are struggling, it is important to reach out to a therapist or to someone you trust. Taking care of yourself is also crucial, so make sure to take some time for yourself. Be honest with yourself about your mental health and your symptoms in order to get the best possible help.


For more on this topic and perspective, check out www.FrontSeatLife.com


Mental Health Resources

Call 211 or visit www.211.org for help finding public services in your area

Suicide Prevention Helpline has someone for you to talk to 24/7 call 988

Text GO to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor


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