Many people who are not educated about self-harm often picture the addiction in a cliché light. Some may think those who self-harm always wear dark clothing, seclude themselves and are suicidal. Of course, those are simply stigmas that the world has unfortunately thrown at people who self-harm. Since everyone has his or her own story of struggle, you must break the self-harm stigma and get to know the addiction without cliché expectations. Keep reading »

These famous inspirational quotes from your favorite authors and celebrities certainly will boost your confidence and self-esteem. Inspirational messages and quotes brighten my day and change my outlook on life. They are even more powerful when you admire the author. These famous quotes, by well known males and females, can really help you to build your self-esteem and confidence. Read through them and see which ones resonate with you. Write them down, commit them to memory and look them on your journey to build self-esteem and confidence. Keep reading »

For veterans, unemployment is the biggest predictor of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity, says a new study. The PTSD symptoms may be combat-PTSD-related or sexual-trauma-related, but either way, veteran unemployment predicts the severity of PTSD symptoms more than even indicators like depression. Organizations that employ veterans, like the one I mention below, may actually help those suffering from combat PTSD. Keep reading »

My name is Arley Hoskin and I come from Kansas. It is the middle of the Midwest. We are hardworking and dutiful. Sacrifice is often viewed as a higher virtue than happiness in my neck of the woods. And I used to feel the same way. Keep reading »

People who seek therapy for binge eating disorder may face stigma. But there is a lot to gain by going to therapy in general, and when you have an eating disorder, it can help to change your behavior and allow you to understand yourself better. Don’t let other people’s ideas about what therapy is or isn’t stop you from getting the help you need by going to binge eating disorder therapy. Keep reading »

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery (and the actions it requires) often incites a lot of fear. It has to: creating change always takes you into uncharted territories that can make you question yourself. Frequently, the pain of facing difficult things, plus the exhaustion of attempting to break free from what’s controlling you will put you in situations that bring on a big feeling of “I can’t handle it.” This moment and feeling are the essence of fear in PTSD recovery and there are good reasons for feeling it.

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The causes or the effects of anxiety: which came first: the chicken or the egg? Anxiety has both causes and effects. It seems straightforward, but to those of us who have experienced it, it’s not always so clear which comes first, the causes or the effects of anxiety. It can be a frustrating chicken-and-egg conundrum. Keep reading »

It’s hard for me to believe, but my time writing for the Coping with Depression blog has come to an end. I started this journey because I believed that we can help one another by sharing our stories and our experiences about depression. Today, I’m more convinced of that than ever.

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Rumination is “to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and it can harm your mental health recovery. People with depressive and other mental illnesses often have a similar trait: many suffer from excessive and compulsive negative thinking. This rumination involves an endless loop of negative thinking that can exacerbate depression and other mental illnesses.

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Bipolar symptoms can get out of control and sometimes we need to consider safety tips for bipolar. These safety tips can apply during a bipolar mania, hypomania or depression.  When we implement a series of these bipolar safety tips, I call it being on a self-imposed “bipolar lockdown.” Keep reading »