Traditional therapies are effective in building self-esteem but not everyone connects with them.We are all unique and complicated, therefore it’s important to find an approach that vibes with you. There are unique and effective approaches to building self-esteem that you may want to look into or talk to your treatment provider about, especially if you feel stuck. Keep reading »

Anxiety can be incredibly exhausting. It can wear us down physically and emotionally. One reason anxiety is so taxing is that, once in our mind, it takes almost complete control. Fears and worries grow, and they stick. It’s a vicious cycle: anxiety makes us worry, and the more we worry, the bigger anxiety grows, and the bigger it grows, the more we worry. Even when anxiety grows so large it threatens to consume us, there is a way to shrink it back. Keep reading »

Lately, I have found myself with some extra free time on my hands. Which isn’t a bad thing except for the fact that when I have free time I tend to ruminate and when I tend to ruminate, depressive thoughts and symptoms often come up. This left me searching out new ways to deal with my symptoms and discovering writing as an outlet.

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Opening a book entitled Psychos on a Saturday evening in the bargain section of a local bookstore, I came across the rantings of an author that symbolizes the hatred and stigma that people with schizophrenia often face. The defining characteristic of the psychotic, according to this New York Times bestselling author, is a “lack of empathy” followed by deranged criminal behavior. This fundamental and obvious flaw into the nature of the psychotic is still perpetuated to the public, by authors with an abundance of both influence and ignorance. Keep reading »

A diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or having panic/anxiety attacks doesn’t automatically mean there will be a co-occurring diagnosis of depression. However, many people with an anxiety diagnosis do suffer from clinical depression, even if only from time to time. In my case, I have both bipolar and anxiety disorders. Like many others, I have found that serious anxiety can lead to depression.

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I am in the interesting position of being both a family member of a mentally ill person and being mentally ill myself. It sometimes gives me a unique understanding into both sides of the issues that can arise between the ill person and their family members. Keep reading »

Recently I sat on a panel of mental health consumers. Our goal was to educate people about mental illness through drama and a question-and-answer session. When it came my turn to speak, I said that some mental illnesses were more stigmatized than others, fully knowing this would be controversial. Much to my surprise, I saw several heads nodding in agreement! Keep reading »

Health is the vital principle of bliss and exercise. ~ James Thomson

Time to Get Up and Get Moving

Do you spend long periods of inactivity (sitting at the office, home or in your car)? How often do you exercise? Want to feel better and have more energy?
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Years ago, I bore two sons into my abusive marriage. Young and naïve, I thought my husband would change into a loving man when he felt unconditional love from and for the children. I thought that real love would end his cruelty toward me, and that he and I would create a loving family. I thought wrong. Keep reading »

On a warm October day, I hurried to to class, maneuvering around groups of slower-moving students. I checked my phone – fifteen minutes before class started, enough time to pop into the mini mart and buy some iced tea or soda. Approaching the entrance, I smelled the faint scent of fresh cigarette smoke from a passerby. Then my eyes caught the posters featuring cigarette brands on the mini mart door. All of the sudden, pleasurable memories wafted over me. I could feel the cigarette between my fingers and taste the hot smoke. I was experiencing a smoking craving.
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