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Problems Sitting Still? ADHD Just Needs to Get OUT!

Ever feel like the proverbial caged animal? Adults with ADHD sometimes have excess energy that is bursting to get out. What do you do to burn off excess energy and keep yourself calm and focused?

Problems Sitting Still? ADHD Just Needs to Get OUT!

ADHD Video: Adult ADHD and Feeling Stir Crazy

Ever feel like the proverbial caged animal? Adults with ADHD sometimes have excess energy that is bursting to get out. That would be the “hyperactive” component of ADHD at play. Winter is especially hard for me because I can’t get out for a bike ride, my favorite activity to release pent up energy. What do you do to burn off excess energy and find calm in the storm within your mind?

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An ADHD Attribute I Love and Cherish

Is it true that adults with ADHD experience a frequent search for high stimulation? Could there be any truth to such an outlandish claim?

An ADHD Attribute I Love and Cherish

Is it true that adults with ADHD experience a frequent search for high stimulation? Could there be any truth to such an outlandish claim?

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Acceptance of Bipolar Disorder

Acceptance of Bipolar Disorder

When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006, it was I who took in an online questionnaire that I had filled out. I had been hearing a lot about the symptoms of bipolar disorder through medication commercials. Until then, I hadn’t put two and two together that I had bipolar disorder. I knew that I had been depressed and I knew that I had high times of the year when I would drink too much. I knew something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure this was it; until I took that online quiz, that is.

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What Does Everyone in the Eating Disorder World Have in Common?

What Does Everyone in the Eating Disorder World Have in Common?

Admittedly, not everyone in the eating disorders world agrees on everything. In fact, I wonder how many fields have as much internal dissent and such a lack of common ground? We don’t agree on cause, treatment, or even how to diagnose or measure recovery. We don’t all agree on what an eating disorder IS. Worse still, too many people rest in the belief that their view is happily shared by all.

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Adult ADHD: Cover That Mouth Before You Use It!

One of my favorite aspects of ADHD is the delightful way I open my mouth and insert both my feet into my mouth…usually sideways with boots on and an awkward piece of toilet paper trailing behind. It paints a great image, but it’s even better to hear. My mouth has been known to light bridges aflame behind me leaving burned out friendships to mark my passing.

Adult ADHD: Cover That Mouth Before You Use It!

One of my favorite aspects of adult ADHD is the delightful way I open my mouth and insert both my feet into my mouth…usually sideways with boots on and an awkward piece of toilet paper trailing behind. It paints a great image, but it’s even better to hear. My mouth has been known to light bridges aflame behind me leaving burned out friendships to mark my passing.

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Do You Have Anxiety While Driving?

Do You Have Anxiety While Driving?

On Saturday, I went on a road trip. I drove all by myself to Moab and back in one day. That’s about 9 hours on different highways, freeways, state routes, whatever you call them. Big multiple lane roads moving at very fast speeds. For most people, this is nothing special, but for someone who gets anxious and has fears associated with driving, its a huge accomplishment. One speeding ticket and one potential dead deer later, I rolled into my garage at 10:30 at night ready for bed.

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Sex After Sexual Abuse

Sex After Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse–whether it was a gentle seduction by a loved relative or a violent rape by a stranger—is an attack on a person’s sexuality. It’s no wonder that many survivors of incest, rape, and molestation report that they suffer from problems with sexual relating and intimacy. Common sexual repercussions of sexual abuse include: avoiding or being afraid of sex, having trouble being emotionally present in sex, engaging in compulsive or inappropriate sex, experiencing negative reactions to touch, having unwanted sexual fantasies, and being troubled with sexual functioning difficulties. (Information on all sexual issues and sexual problems can be found in the HealthyPlace Sex Issues Community.)

Healing From the Sexual Repercussions of Sexual Abuse

The good news is that a variety of effective healing techniques now exist to help survivors overcome the sexual repercussions caused by abuse. Sexual healing is a dynamic process that survivors chose to explore when they feel ready, at their own pace. It often includes identifying problems caused by past abuse, learning about healthy sexuality, developing a positive sense of who you are as a sexual person, healing with an intimate partner, and developing new skills for experiencing touch and sex in positive, life-affirming ways.

We discussed that in detail with our guest Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show on April 28, 2010. You can watch the interview “on-demand.”

About Wendy Maltz

wendy-maltzOur guest, Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, is an internationally recognized sex therapist, author, and lecturer, with more than thirty-five years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on healing the impact of sexual abuse on sexuality, and she is also a leading expert on recovering from porn addiction, understanding sexual fantasies, and developing skills for healthy sexuality.

Wendy is author of the highly acclaimed, groundbreaking self-help book, The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Widely used by therapists, survivors, and intimate partners alike, it contains a wide-range of sexual healing strategies and effective techniques. Wendy’s other books include:

She is also the co-producer of “Partners in Healing” and “Relearning Touch,” two videos for survivors on overcoming the intimate repercussions of sexual abuse.

An experienced conference presenter, lecturer, and media guest, Wendy is co-director with her husband, Larry Maltz LCSW, of Maltz Counseling Associates in Eugene, Oregon. Her information-rich website is: www.HealthySex.com.

Share Your Experiences on the Issue of Sex and Being a Sexual Abuse Survivor

Whether you’re a sexual abuse survivor or a loved one of someone who has been sexually abused, we invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue of having sex after sexual abuse. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

You can watch our interview with Wendy Maltz on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage by clicking the on-demand button on the player. The show is titled “Sex After Sexual Abuse.”

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Trading Creativity for Bipolar Medication

Trading Creativity for Bipolar Medication

Does it matter that my creativity has dwindled down to almost nothing now that my bipolar medications have taken over? Should it matter that my essence is now a dull wit? Am I willing to trade a part of my soul for a lot of sanity? Should I have to choose between my bipolar medication and a normal life?

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Obesity Prevention and Eating Disorder Prevention

Obesity Prevention and Eating Disorder Prevention

When I ask people to care about eating disorders, it is very common for them to come back with “but obesity is such a big problem.” I’m not sure why the two things are seen as opposites, but I think we’d benefit from taking a different look at both issues that may lead us to see some common goals and a common approach.

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Anxiety Tool: Track Anxiety Levels With Your Menstruation Cycle

Anxiety Tool: Track Anxiety Levels With Your Menstruation Cycle

I’ve heard that your anxiety can get worse during your menstruation cycle. The internet is flooded with forums with women questioning this topic.

“Menstruation leads to a number of hormonal changes that can cause physical and emotional effects that may contribute to anxiety. There is no single reason for this anxiety, but multiple factors probably are at work, says Charles Goodstein, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.”

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