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Abuse Victims & Abusive Anger

Abuse Victims & Abusive Anger

A few years ago, I promised my children that I would not yell and storm at them when it was time to do their chores. After a bit of trial and error, I successfully reigned in Mommy Mean. I felt relief when I no longer saw my boys’ tear-stained faces staring at me in fear. I felt like I was a better person after taming my temper.

A couple of years later, while married to my abuser, I extended my “no yelling” policy to my husband, too. Although I wasn’t quite as successful when it came to him, my participation in our once habitual yelling matches dwindled significantly. I still felt the pain and anguish, but I no longer fought fire with fire (that never worked anyway).

On the night I left, during the build-up to the main event, my husband quietly asked me, “Why don’t you get mad no more?” as he traced the vertical line etched from anger between my eyebrows. I think he missed my displays of anger. I think he missed having someone to out-yell, someone to conquer, someone to reduce from hell-fire to tears.

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Being On The Other Side: When Friends Struggle With Eating Disorders (Video)

Being On The Other Side: When Friends Struggle With Eating Disorders (Video)

I recently learned that several friends of mine also are struggling with their eating disorders, and that it hurts even though I also have an eating disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder – Every Day is Halloween

Bipolar Disorder – Every Day is Halloween

As someone recently said to me, Halloween should be a national holiday. It should be the “wear-something-fun-and-gorge-yourself-on-candy” day. It should be just a national day of fun when we’re not supposed to be giving thanks or making love or hiding eggs. I could get behind that.

There are two reasons why Halloween is so fun:

1.       You get to dress up and pretend to be someone else

2.       You get to eat ridiculous amounts of candy and get a ludicrous sugar high

Well welcome to everyday bipolar disorder.

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Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Making time for yourself, although not easy, makes all the difference when parenting a child with a psychiatric illness.

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociation

One of the symptoms of BPD is “transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms”. That’s a fancy way of saying that when a person with BPD is under a great deal of stress, he or she can dissociate. He or she experiences an “altered state of consciousness characterized by partial or complete disruption of the normal integration of a person’s normal conscious or psychological functioning”, as Wikipedia puts it. Translation: detachment or distancing from reality.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociation

Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dissociation as a symptom can hop on the Nowhere Express–in a very dangerous fashion. One of the symptoms of BPD, according to HealthyPlace.com, is “transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms” (Description of Borderline Personality Disorder). That’s a fancy way of saying that when a person with BPD is under a great deal of stress or anxiety, he or she can dissociate. He or she experiences an “altered state of consciousness characterized by partial or complete disruption of the normal integration of a person’s normal conscious or psychological functioning” (Wikipedia). Translation: detachment or distancing from reality. The Nowhere Express takes borderline personality disorder patients to the land of dissociation, and this can be quite dangerous.

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Memories That Can Damage Recovery from Mental Illness

Memories That Can Damage Recovery from Mental Illness

Memories that can damage mental illness recovery may come as flashbacks from when you were very sick. Memories of darkness and hopelessness still hurt recovery.

Memories from when you were ill can damage your recovery. The mind, your memory, has a funny way of pushing aside the bad bits: the time in hospital, the anguish, the search for reprieve. You sort of forget the acute pain. Hiding the memories from when you were ill invites irrational thoughts (like thinking you were never ever sick to begin with).

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No Constants in Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric Psychiatric Illness

No Constants in Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric Psychiatric Illness

Last week, we returned to Bob’s psychiatrist to discuss the medications he takes for bipolar disorder and ADHD. Over the past year, his medication regimen (which he has taken for over two years) has become less and less effective, even as his doses are increased. I was ready to argue my case for a medication change. Luckily, I didn’t have to.

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Indie Music Artist Advocates for Battered Women

Indie Music Artist Advocates for Battered Women

J.D. Smith survived an abusive relationship and wants other women to as well. Listen and learn about her experiences and how she advocated for battered women.

J.D. Smith was in a mentally and physically abusive relationship for seven years. Today she’s a musician and she advocates for battered women. She says her main goals as an advocate are “… to help women get free from abuse and to help them get their self-esteem back.”

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The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

Anger can be the match that sparks a dip in your mood or a bout with anxiety, and according to what I’ve been reading recently this is because the part of your brain that normally keeps a lid on angry feelings is impaired when you’re depressed.

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Can I Go Back to Work and Be There for My Mentally Ill Child?

Can I Go Back to Work and Be There for My Mentally Ill Child?

I need a job.

Our finances favor it. My husband prefers it. My sanity demands it.

But will my oldest child’s psychiatric illness allow it?

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