People with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are no strangers to taking medication. Often, they take multiple medications, like me. I take so much medication I have trouble keeping track of it. But I take medication for my schizoaffective disorder, because it’s part of my treatment plan and it means I can live a full life. Keep reading »

Expecting too much from yourself is damaging to your self-esteem and overall wellbeing. It’s good to have high standards, but it’s important to be reasonable with yourself. Expecting too much from yourself can be associated with disappointment, burnout, anxiety and depression, as well as low self-esteem. It’s therefore in your best interest to stop expecting too much from yourself. Keep reading »

I have been thinking a lot lately about having a sense of worthiness and belonging. Researcher Brené Brown has discovered that worthiness and belonging are key traits in living a blissful life. Keep reading »

Language can stigmatize people with mental illness, and I am quite sensitive to noticing all of the words that seem to counteract society’s movement toward destigmatizing a world for people who live with mental illness. Do you ever cringe when you hear the word “crazy” or “psycho?” I do. I feel that we have come so far in many respects in shaping our stigmatizing language for the good of many groups such as the terms, “gay,” “retarded” or “lame,” so why are we still so stigmatizing with language when it comes to mental illness? Keep reading »

Do you know how to report abuse of an adult with mental illness? Sadly, I’m currently in this situation. I am living in a short-term group home for disabled adults, and, recently, I heard a staff member yell, “I’m going to punch the next person who says [expletive].” Under Indiana law, I’m obligated to report that. This made me research how to report abuse of an adult with mental illness. Keep reading »

If you have binge eating disorder then you know compulsive hunger. This is not just hunger. It’s binge eating disorder’s hunger. This need to eat is not average, normal, or everyday. It’s an insistent, controlling, demanding order to eat food and not stop. Compulsive hunger is part of binge eating disorder. Keep reading »

Your time on social media messes with your confidence whether you’re aware of it or not. You may think surfing Facebook, scrolling through Instagram or chatting with friends online is harmless, but recent research, and my own personal experience, says social media can be damaging to your self-esteem.   Keep reading »

Skipping meals is something that a lot of people do but skipping meals when you have binge eating disorder is not going to help you manage the disease. It seems like everyone has to skip a meal at one time or another, whether they’re incredibly busy or they just forget to eat. But skipping a meal when you have binge eating disorder, as a long-term habit, is going to harm your body, not help it. Keep reading »

Mental illness stigma is probably most troubling within romantic relationships, because we believe that our partners should understand and support us more than anyone else in our lives. Many of us have likely experienced some form of mental illness stigma, be it from people that we know or from strangers who make assumptions about us based on our illness. There is more than one way that mental illness stigma affects romantic relationships.

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I’ll be honest, when I was faced with buying a new phone a few months ago, a major factor in my decision was the selection of phone apps available for eating disorder recovery. I’d previously had a Windows phone, which offered very little in the way of available apps of any kind, much less for eating disorder recovery. So I finally joined the rest of the world and bought an iPhone. I’ve spent the last month or so downloading different eating disorder recovery apps and trying them out – here’s what I have found. Keep reading »