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ADHD and the Inability to Gauge Time

ADHD and the Inability to Gauge Time

Admittedly, I’m late. Again. Instead of making an excuse, let’s just say that at 40, I’m more aware of my inability to accurately gauge time. It is a symptom of my ADHD, but it is not an excuse. As a kid, I didn’t know that I had ADHD, but now that I am aware, a number of events from childhood forward make a lot of sense. I’ll share an example and what I have learned as well as how I continue to struggle with timeliness.

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Depression Hurts: Self-Injury and Depression

Depression Hurts: Self-Injury and Depression

Sometimes people hurt themselves. Self mutilation. Cutting. Scarification. Pulling out eyelashes or hair. Hitting. Biting. Pinching. Starvation. Drug and alcohol abuse. Fighting. Overeating. So many ways people inflict pain on their bodies. But why? Does it mean they are suicidal? Not always, but depression is common in people who self-injure. Does it mean they like it? Not necessarily. But it can serve a purpose. And if they don’t figure out what benefit they are receiving from the pain, they may escalate and cause permanent damage.

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My Bipolar Treatment is Not Your Bipolar Treatment – And That’s OK

My Bipolar Treatment is Not Your Bipolar Treatment – And That’s OK

I once wrote a post called, My Bipolar Symptoms Aren’t Your Symptoms: I’m More Bipolar Than You. The point of the post is that two people can experience bipolar disorder very differently. Even when two people meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder, their individual list of symptoms can be quite different. One might be expansive when manic, the other might be irritable. One might sleep too much when depressed, the other might sleep too little. And so on and so forth. Neither one of them is the “right” kind of bipolar and neither one of them is “more” bipolar, they are simply suffering from the same illness differently.

Similarly, treatments are also individual. What works for one person simply doesn’t work for another. And that’s OK.

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Why I Write About My Eating Disorder Under My Own Name

Why I Write About My Eating Disorder Under My Own Name

Every so often, I am asked why I decided to write about my experiences with anorexia under my own name.

The simple answer? Because I refuse to be ashamed.

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How Pharmaceutical Companies Can Improve Our Medications

How Pharmaceutical Companies Can Improve Our Medications

Psychotropic medications are life-savers, but how can the pharmaceutical companies make a good thing even better?  More Than Borderline’s, Becky Oberg, talks about possible improvements.

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Verbal Abuse and Depression vs. Unhappiness

Verbal Abuse and Depression vs. Unhappiness

I saw a quote recently that said, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression, make sure you’re not simply surrounded by jerks.” Abuse in relationships does cause depression over time, but being depressed and being unhappy are two different beasts. More than likely, a doctor’s diagnosis of depression will overshadow your chronic unhappiness, and instead of seeking to solve the cause, you will resort to treating the symptom (the depression).

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Musicians Pen and Perform Mental Illness Melodies At “Odd Aid”

Musicians Pen and Perform Mental Illness Melodies At “Odd Aid”

For years, members of The National Association of Mental Health Professionals Hoping To Influence Public Perceptions of Whackadoomiousness (NAMHPHIPPW) have sought out ways of educating the public, eroding stigma, and charging off expensive lunches at swank restaurants.

The PR wing of this advocacy organization is very excited about a new, innovative public awareness campaign they’re calling, Odd Aid. NAMHPHIPPW officials agree that the best way to shift cultural perceptions is by going directly to popular public figures. Building on the success of Live Aid and Farm Aid, Odd Aid will feature a host of legendary performers; with one important difference.

Every participating Odd Aid artist will be performing an original song specifically designed to shed light on a particular form of mental illness. Stigma beware; this plethora of plucky performers is out to get you!

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Mental Health Recovery: Avoid Triggers

Mental Health Recovery: Avoid Triggers

I hate to admit it, but when you live with a mental illness there are probably triggers to avoid–triggers that upset the stability we have fought so hard to find (Don’t Wait: Prepare for Mental Health Triggers Beforehand). First, let’s break it down a little bit.

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Convincing Family Member of Mental Illness Diagnosis

Convincing Family Member of Mental Illness Diagnosis

I’ve had the privilege of meeting many wonderful people who happen to be diagnosed with mental illness and look forward to many more.

There are many stages we go through with any life change, and mental illness is no exception. Families have stages of acceptance, certainly the Person Affected by Mental Illness (PAMI) does too. *

When I talk with a PAMI who is at a stage of acceptance of his mental illness diagnosis, takes her own meds without supervision and is living a functional, productive life, I often ask if there were any particular turning points in their recovery process. In particular, I want to know: Was there a moment when it clicked? When you accepted your diagnosis as true?

Not once – not once! – has anyone said, “My mother finally convinced me I have schizophrenia.”

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The “Insanity” of Anders Behring Breivik

The “Insanity” of Anders Behring Breivik

Infamous Norwegian terrorist, Anders Breivik, who is currently being tried for mass murder was finally declared by a psychiatric board last month to be criminally “sane”. This is opposed to an earlier conclusion that he suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia, and was undergoing psychosis during and after the attacks. The earlier conclusion had very little evidence to support it, and was possibly motivated by a legal system in which it is easier to hold someone indefinitely if they are deemed criminally “insane”.

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