You can learn to overcome negative thinking patterns and finally feel confident. The more your mind focuses on the negatives in your life, the harder it is to feel happy, and it interferes with developing confidence. Our society obsesses over drama and negative news which makes it hard to think in a positive way. However, you can practice these tools to help you integrate more positive thinking patterns into your life. Keep reading »

As someone who has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I am often on the lookout for alternative therapies for my PTSD symptoms, so I recently started reading up on the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) strategies that are suggested for PTSD. Even though I will not abandon the conventional therapies that are currently working for me (psychiatric care and medication), I think that using alternative therapies as additions to my treatment can be beneficial.

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I have always said bipolar medications cannot make you less intelligent. Now, I’m not saying they can’t impact how you think or your speed of thought and so on, what I’ve always said is that bipolar medications can’t actually harm your intelligence quotient (IQ). All that being said, a new medication I’m on, sure makes me feel stupid. The question is, what to do when bipolar medications make you seem less intelligent? Keep reading »

So many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder smoke cigarettes, it seems hard to imagine that they could not only quit smoking but stay quit. But I did it – after several tries – even though I felt hopelessly addicted to cigarettes. So I firmly believe that if I did it, anyone can do it. Here’s how I, one of the many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who smoked, quit and how I stay quit. Keep reading »

School can be overwhelming and life with bipolar disorder can present additional challenges. Whether you are in high school or college, surviving school and keeping yourself healthy while doing it is possible. Adding some healthy habits to your academic routine can make all the difference. Here are some tips for setting yourself up for success. Keep reading »

The notion that it’s possible to spot a person with anxiety is mortifying to the tens of millions of people living with anxiety disorders. With its physical side effects that can affect every system of the body and its strong emotional symptoms, many people experiencing anxiety have an added worry that their discomfort is evident to the world. Surprisingly, this guide for spotting a person with anxiety just might make anxiety sufferers feel a little bit better.  Keep reading »

Seeking safe touch during eating disorder recovery can be a daunting task. Among eating disordered patients as many as 40-60% come from a background of sexual abuse. Even for those who don’t fall into these statics, touch can be a precarious thing. Having an eating disorder teaches people to treat their bodies as objects to be chastised, punished, and abhorred. The eating disorder tells us that our bodies are flawed, imperfect, and disappointing. Touch can become something that we shy away from while at the same time desiring it. So what does safe touch look like in recovery? Keep reading »

Dissociation due to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is just one of the symptoms that many of us who have PTSD have to cope with, but it can be a disruptive one. Most people who have survived trauma dissociate to some extent; it’s one way that the brain protects us from dealing with frightening events. For some of us, dissociation might be a mild sort of “spacing out” when triggered, but for others, it can be a truly unsettling feeling that is difficult to deal with.  Keep reading »

It can be a tremendous challenge to reduce anxiety. Don’t be mistaken (and outsiders shouldn’t be mistaken, either); it is not your fault that anxiety hangs on and on and on. It’s not because you’re weak. You’re not making it up, and it’s not in your head. You’re not blowing things out of proportion or making mountains out of mole hills. To be sure, anxiety does magnify problems and worries and fears, but that is anxiety’s doing rather than something you are choosing to do (Anxiety and Over-Thinking Everything). You are not your anxiety. You, then, have the power to challenge anxiety to a showdown. Try this ten-day challenge to reduce anxiety. Keep reading »

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is characterized by highs and lows in mood. A person living with bipolar disorder experiences shifts in their thought processes, energy levels, behaviors, and emotions. Although the onset of bipolar disorder is typically in early adulthood, an individual can begin to experience symptoms as a teenager. Receiving a diagnosis at such a young age can seem like the end of the world. This doesn’t have to be the case. Keep reading »