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Accepting Unavoidable PTSD Triggers

Accepting Unavoidable PTSD Triggers

PTSD Triggers can occur at any time along the path to recovery and maintenance. Listen as the author describes facing unavoidable triggers.

PTSD Can Trigger at Any Time

No matter where we are on our Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) journey, there will always be triggers. While we can become skilled at avoiding them, able to cope with many of them, and adept at implementing self-care, there will still be times when our most challenging triggers are unavoidable.

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Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace

Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace

 

Finding Balance Between Work and Your Mental Health

I am a server. Although this pays the bills, it triggers me into a lot of an emotional and physical stress. I have to go from putting on a constant happy face for my customers to explaining my stress and the need for breaks to my managers. On top of that, I have to deal with the fact that everyone I work with knows I have a mental illness and talks about it–that’s become a part of my label.

Unfortunately, almost all of us will have to find some sort of income to survive in today’s society, but what happens when you’re faced with the constant pressure and stress of work on top of your mental illness?

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Create a Mental Health Safety Contract for a Teen With Bipolar

Create a Mental Health Safety Contract for a Teen With Bipolar

A mental health safety contract can save your child from herself. Mental health safety contracts can prevent suicide and other dangerous behaviors. Here's how.

My daughter and I have a mental health safety contract. She violated the conditions of the contract, and I had to call the police. Since my daughter and I have used mental health safety contracts since she was a teenager, we both understood the rules.

By having a mental health safety contract, I took what could have been a volatile, extended fight with my adult child with bipolar disorder and turned it into a straightforward contractual arrangement. It made a difficult situation easier.

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Surviving Negative Thoughts That Make Me Cry Myself to Sleep

Surviving Negative Thoughts That Make Me Cry Myself to Sleep

Surviving negative thoughts that make me cry myself to sleep isn't easy. Watch this video to learn how I survive my negative thoughts and how you can too.Some days, we want to just start over. We want to forget who we are and who we were because we feel stupid, embarrassed, or unaccepted. Sometimes we just hate ourselves. All of these limiting beliefs hold us back from succeeding or even living.

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Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Did you know that being irritable and angry may be both symptoms and triggers of anxiety disorders? If you're often irritable, angry and anxious, read this.When we think of anxiety, most of us think of worry and fear. Occasionally, we may think of compulsions and obsessions, but few of us think of irritability and anger. These last two anxiety symptoms, however, are often just as distressing as the others. In fact, for some people, irritability and anger may be the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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The Meaning of Courage, Anxiety, and You

The Meaning of Courage, Anxiety, and You

Courage and anxiety naturally belong together. When you live with anxiety, it's important know yourself, anxiety, and the meaning of courage. Find out more.

The word “anxiety” typically isn’t associated with courage. Quite the opposite, anxiety involves fear. Anxiety and fear can work their way through our entire being and lock us in their vice grip. Our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships are negatively impacted by fear and anxiety. What many people don’t realize is that the presence of fear and anxiety does not mean the absence of courage. Further, the presence of anxiety and fear doesn’t define you. Understanding the nature of anxiety, you, and the meaning of courage will help you see yourself more accurately. 

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Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Elizabeth Brico, author of "Trauma! A PTSD Blog" talks about her experience with PTSD and the role of support and community in recovery.Hi, my name is Elizabeth Brico and I’m the new author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog. You can also call me Betty if you prefer. I’ve been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost a decade. I developed it in response to domestic violence, which occurred when I was a teenager. HealthyPlace has been a long time refuge for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the various blogs and articles, especially those pertaining to PTSD. You can imagine, then, that I’m thrilled to be joining the team as one of the authors of Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Try some of these practical self-care tips on your worst mental health days. They're easy and soothing for times where you can't motivate yourself to take care.

Practical self-care tips are important not just for your mental health, but for your physical health as well, but they’re harder to do on a tough mental health day. Many popular self-care routines involve taking care of, and often pampering, the body such as taking a bath, applying a face mask, drinking a cup of tea, or working out. However, these activities aren’t always feasible for someone having a bad mental health day. Try these practical self-care tips on bad mental health days to rest and recharge.

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Three Barriers to Eating Disorder Recovery

Three Barriers to Eating Disorder Recovery

There are many barriers to eating disorder recovery, but there are three that wreak havoc. You can conquer barriers to eating disorder recovery. Here's how.There are many barriers to eating disorder recovery, but there are three that particularly wreak havoc. Recovery of any addiction requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves, take responsibility, and hold ourselves accountable. These are all things that an addict of any kind despises (How to Fight Barriers and Get to Your Safe Place). But once we can face the three barriers to eating disorder recovery that stand in our way, the road opens under our feet.

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How to Manage Frustration with Confidence

How to Manage Frustration with Confidence

You can manage frustrations with confidence by using this DBT skill to help you feel in control. DBT's IMPROVE skill helps turn your mind around. Take a look.Did you know it is possible to manage frustrations with confidence? When there is no immediate solution to a problem, say you can’t find your car keys, or you have to do something you’ve been dreading, there is a skill that helps you manage frustrations confidently. The IMPROVE Skill is a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) tool that I’ve found to be helpful for reducing daily stressors and drama that finds its way into frustrating my life.

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