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Parenting With Anxiety and Celebrating the Small Victories

Parenting With Anxiety and Celebrating the Small Victories

I have read that anxiety can be caused by growing up in an atmosphere where you are taught that the world is a very scary place. As a first time parent, I want to protect my little girl from everything and anything that can harm her, however, I don’t want to be an overprotective parent and cause her to not have confidence and independence (Can Kids Blame Their Parents for Social Phobias?). It’s a balancing act I am still trying to figure out. Are you too relaxed with your children, too uptight, or have you got it all figured out?

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Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

I’m reading Cristina Fender’s, Bipolar Vida blog, and wondering “how much can one person take?” Cristina, admittedly, had a bad childhood which, she says, probably triggered the bipolar disorder she now lives with.

In the months since she started her bipolar blog here at HealthyPlace.com, Cristina has endured depressive episodes, hypomania, and everything else that bipolar disorder can bring your way. Yet, in almost every blog post, she mentions that she’s doing everything she can to keep her bipolar recovery on track.

Where Do You Get the Strength to Meet Life’s Challenges?

Some people are more resilient than others. Resilience means being able to adapt to life’s misfortunes and setbacks. For instance, if you’re dealing with a job loss, an illness, a divorce, or death of a loved one, with resilience, you’re better able to adapt to adversity versus becoming depressed or anxious or turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drugs.

But what does it take to develop resilience? That’s what we’ll be talking about with our guest, Michele Howe. Michele is the author of Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength and Soul. The book is based on real-life vignettes and essays from women who have been there, and back, and provides insight into how they did it.

(Michele Howe appeared on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show on June 30, 2010. You can watch the interview “on-demand.”)

About Michele Howe:

michele-howeMichele Howe is a reviewer and author of 10 books and over 1200 articles. Her latest book is Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength and Soul co-authored with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch.

“Being a woman in today’s world means wrestling—physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally—with lots of weighty struggles,” says Howe. The book is a training manual” filled with inspirational insight and practical advice for handling life’s toughest battles with inner and outer strength. The book covers the following topics: loss, sorrow, aging, job displacement, divorce, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more.

Howe says women will identify with the experiences of other women, and how each found and developed the emotional and spiritual strength to meet the challenges she faced.

Share Your Experiences on Getting Through Difficult Times

What have you done to help you meet the challenges of living with a mental illness? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

You can watch our interview with Michele Howe on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage by clicking the on-demand button on the player. The show is titled “Meeting Life’s Challenges.”

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About Theresa Fung, Author of “The Unlocked Life” Blog

About Theresa Fung, Author of “The Unlocked Life” Blog

Theresa leads a pretty normal life (some may even say boring) — she is married, has a baby daughter and a dog. She started writing about her thoughts and observations on life on her personal blog, LuvBuv. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to blog about relationships, family, and well-being for the HealthyPlace community.

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When Encouragement Sounds Like Criticism

When Encouragement Sounds Like Criticism

I encourage parents to step up early and with urgency when a child has an eating disorder. Sometimes, for various reasons, this encouragement gets me into trouble.

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ADHD in Your Family Tree

ADHD runs through a family tree like a clown car in a china shop. What ADHD tales do you have from your family tree?

ADHD in Your Family Tree

ADHD is such a strong genetic trait that it shows up again and again in certain families. Some families like it so much they give the gene to their kids twice.

My wife didn’t get that joke, and maybe you didn’t either. ADHD gives me a quirky sense of humor, which is a good thing. There’s so much that I do that is laughable. That quirky humor has been passed down for generations. ADHD runs through a family tree like a clown car in a china shop. What ADHD tales do you have from your family tree?

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Understanding Bipolar: Show and Tell

Understanding Bipolar: Show and Tell

When I was a kid, show and tell created the most memorable moments in school. Not the tell part. The tell was boring. We heard about Betty going to a “real, real fun zoo” and Bobby getting a new bike; this information made us shift in our seats, roll our eyes, and make funny faces at whoever was talking. But the showing, now that was great. We got to touch a slimy frog, hear Cathy scream as a budgie landed in her hair and be frightened as a snake’s tongue lashed out in front of us. Showing was where the action was.

But with mental illness, it’s never the show that people want, only the tell. People are frightened by, and run from, the show.

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Death and Anorexia

Death and Anorexia

I have tried to write another blog post, several times, but can’t get anywhere. This happens when I’m trying to avoid something: I stumble over it anyway. There is no avoiding it: I went to a funeral this weekend of a young woman killed by anorexia and I’m sad and I’m mad and I’m sad again and I don’t see how to think about anything else.

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ADHD: Pulling the Plug on Video Games

If you have ADHD, then you are probably well aware of your mind’s ability to hyperfocus on absolute wastes of time. You may even specialize in it, wasting time with such flare that your unemployed friends marvel at you. Video games are my weakness. I usually avoid them, but occasionally I get sucked in and have to turn to drastic measures to pull myself out.

ADHD: Pulling the Plug on Video Games

If you have ADHD, then you are probably well aware of your mind’s ability to hyperfocus on absolute wastes of time. You may even specialize in it, wasting time with such flare that your unemployed friends marvel at you. Video games are my weakness. I usually avoid them, but occasionally I get sucked in and have to turn to drastic measures to pull myself out.

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Suffering With Adult ADHD and Comorbid Disorders

I have to admit that I completely failed to stay upbeat and positive. All I could think was “When will this end‽” It always ends, like a passing storm in the night. Terrible while overhead, but soon forgotten in the beautiful morning that follows. My “morning” started at 7:15pm Thursday night.

Suffering With Adult ADHD and Comorbid Disorders

Often, adults with ADHD have comorbid conditions. In other words, why just struggle with impulse control and absent mindedness when you could also toss in Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Tourette’s Syndrome for good measure? Hey, the more mental health conditions the merrier, right?

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Adventures in Bipolar Diagnosis – Enter the Antipsychotics – Part 2

Adventures in Bipolar Diagnosis – Enter the Antipsychotics – Part 2

Adventures in Bipolar Diagnosis continued from part one

Lamictal was indeed a miracle for me. It allowed me to finish my bachelor’s degree, get a job in my field, and even become a skydiver. In retrospect, it was an amazing time to be me, to be in remission.

Everything was good, until it wasn’t. I felt myself slipping about two years into the Lamictal treatment. For no known reason, the medication simply stopped working. This is a common problem with psychotropic meds and something else no one likes to mention.

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