About Christina Bockisch

Christina Bockisch is a passionate advocate for mental health and believes that sharing her story is the best way to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. When she's not writing for her blog, Christina enjoys participating in mud runs, spending time with her dog, baking cookies and watching Harry Potter or Star Wars marathons on TV.
23 06, 2017

Why I Choose to Be Open About My Mental Illness at Work

By |2017-06-22T22:15:30+00:00June, 23, 2017|Mental Health, Work|0 Comments

I’m just going to jump right in and say it. I struggle with a mental illness and an eating disorder – more specifically, depression, anxiety, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. I’ve also struggled with self-injury and suicidal thoughts. For the first four or five years after being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I spent a lot of time hiding my mental illness as best I could. I tried to remain upbeat and positive, wore long-sleeved shirts to cover cuts and scars, and always insisted nothing was wrong. Looking back, I think a lot of people [...]

18 06, 2017

What I Tell Myself on My Darkest Days With Depression

By |2017-06-17T21:31:00+00:00June, 18, 2017|Mental Health|0 Comments

I’m at the point in my current battle with depression where I’m tired. Tired of not sleeping. Tired of feeling awful every single day. Tired of feeling like I have to be strong all the time. Tired of fighting so damn hard to do the things that are so easy for everyone else. I’m going through some of the darkest days I’ve ever experienced. And it’s wearing me down. I don’t know how much fight I have left in me. I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts in the past. After I attempted suicide when I was 17, I always said I [...]

2 06, 2017

How Exercise Helps Me Cope With Depression and Anxiety

By |2017-06-07T22:13:43+00:00June, 2, 2017|Fitness, Mental Health|0 Comments

I’ve been going through a rough patch lately, and I’m experiencing one of the worst waves of depression I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t even realize it was depression at first because it wasn’t the “struggling to get out of bed” sadness I’m used to feeling. Instead, I was happy, bubbly and confident during work – always laughing and joking with my boss during our morning calls and being my usual sassy self in group chats. But I was struggling to focus on my work, there was this pit in my stomach that just wouldn’t go away and [...]

26 05, 2017

You Are Enough: A Letter to My 14-Year-Old Self

By |2017-06-02T17:08:38+00:00May, 26, 2017|Mental Health|0 Comments

Christina, I know you’re going through some stuff right now. And I know you don’t know how to take it, what it all means or what the future holds for you. I know you feel lost and scared. Hopeless and weak. Tired and angry. I know you’re being bullied by every kid in 8th grade. In class, in the hallways, in the locker room, on the bus and even online. I know you don’t know what to do, and I know it’s wearing you down. You’ve tried standing up for yourself, but it only gets worse. So you stay quiet [...]

19 05, 2017

Why I Speak Out About My Struggles With Mental Illness

By |2017-05-20T19:59:42+00:00May, 19, 2017|Mental Health|1 Comment

When I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety, there weren’t many resources out there about mental health. For the most part, it was websites that read like a cheesy pamphlet from a doctor’s office. “Are you feeling sad or lonely? If so, call this number.” This was back in 2003-2004, and while the Internet was definitely around, not a lot of people were talking about living with mental illness or life in recovery. I felt alone, hopeless and empty – even though I knew deep down there had to be more people going through the same experiences as me. [...]

11 11, 2016

Stronger Together: My Thoughts On The 2016 Election Results

By |2017-05-20T21:58:48+00:00November, 11, 2016|Life|0 Comments

NOTE: These are my personal thoughts on the 2016 election results. I'm not here to whine or be a "cry baby" as so many people are quick to say about me. All I'm trying to do is share my fear, sadness and frustration because I know so many people can relate. And it's my hope that someone will read this, draw inspiration and find a way to move forward.  ----- I was fairly quiet during this election – mostly because I didn't want to get political or cause arguments. In retrospect, it's a stance I deeply regret. While I didn't agree [...]

4 11, 2016

6 Ways Being A Crazy Dog Mom Has Made Me A Better Person

By |2016-11-03T12:06:52+00:00November, 4, 2016|Life|0 Comments

I'm a crazy dog mom. There, I said it. I've come a long way since the days of, "I hate dogs. Dogs hate me. I never want a dog." If I'm being honest here, my life has changed drastically over the last few months. I remember so clearly how I was feeling the day before we adopted Hendrix. It was an incredibly rough day – probably the worst day I'd experienced since moving to Fort Wayne. At that point, I had been out of a job for three weeks, and it was really starting to get to me. I was pissed at [...]

22 07, 2016

5 Reasons To Adopt A Dog Instead Of Buying From A Breeder Or Store

By |2016-07-21T14:10:42+00:00July, 22, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Not long after my husband and I started dating, we joked that one day we’d have a labradoodle named Walrus. I can’t remember how this came about, but it became an inside joke between us throughout our entire relationship. Because we were living in a condo that didn’t allow pets, we told ourselves that once we moved out, we’d get a dog. After getting married and moving to Fort Wayne, we decided that getting a dog was an absolute must – especially since I was working from home. When thinking about what kind of dog we wanted it, it was [...]

5 07, 2016

Welcome Home, Hendrix: Meet Our New Puppy

By |2016-07-05T13:36:14+00:00July, 5, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Alex and I have been talking about getting a dog for awhile now, but we were never able to because the condo we lived in didn't allow dogs. We knew that once we got married and moved to Indiana, a dog was high on our priority list. But after getting laid off from my job a day after getting to Fort Wayne, our dream of getting a Labradoodle named Walrus was put on hold. We briefly talked about the possibility of getting a dog from the shelter, but we wanted a puppy under six months. And those are often hard [...]

27 05, 2016

From Sandals To Snow Boots: Indiana, Here We Come!

By |2016-05-25T13:59:55+00:00May, 27, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Eight months ago, I made the decision to leave a job that made me miserable. By many peoples' standards, it was one of the most irresponsible decisions I could've made at the time. After all, who leaves a secure, relatively high-paying job without another one lined up? At the time, I wholeheartedly believed that there was a better opportunity out there. That I didn't deserve the disrespect from my bosses. That I was made to do something more. I'd be lying if I said that the months that followed were easy. I was unemployed for nearly 3 months, and although [...]