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Self-Stigma: When Mental Illness Stigma Comes From Within

Self-Stigma: When Mental Illness Stigma Comes From Within

I recently participated in a wonderful panel called “Self-Stigma Solutions”, alongside three people who live not only with mental illness but also with the mental health stigma that can come along for the ride – both external and internal. Each person shared the messages they heard, once diagnosed:

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Budget Cuts: A Deadly Decision For Mental Health

Budget Cuts: A Deadly Decision For Mental Health

Psychiatric treatment is plagued by budget cuts and bed shortages. For example, Indianapolis has only seven beds for emergency psychiatric care for the indigent.

In this video, I talk about why federal and state budget cuts and bed shortages are harmful and even deadly to people with Borderline Personality Disorder and other mental illnesses.

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Self-Injury and Borderline Personality Disorder

Self-Injury and Borderline Personality Disorder

If you pick up a book, or look up a website to read the facts about self-injury; you will often find that it is almost always linked to Borderline Personality Disorder. That’s because people with BPD often act impulsively in a self-destructive way – generally through alcohol abuse, drug abuse, promiscuity, over spending and gambling or self-injury.

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Are You Speeding on the PTSD Highway?

Are You Speeding on the PTSD Highway?

If you’ve survived a type of trauma and are now in some form of recovery from its effects, chances are you’re movingatwarpspeed. You could probably win the Indie 500 with little to no practice just by sitting still.

Decisions, actions, behaviors, thoughts and emotions can all seem amped up when you live with anxiety, fear, panic and hypervigilance.

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Addiction in the Movies

Addiction in the Movies

Addiction has been featured in the movies since the 1936 film “Reefer Madness.”  Many of these films serve as entertainment however there are those that can educate viewers as well. The key is that they can open a dialogue that can serve to break the stigma that surrounds addiction.

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Is Mental Illness Really an Invisible Disability?

Is Mental Illness Really an Invisible Disability?

We have heard this before: Mental Illness is an invisible disability. But I beg to differ. When my world crashes and burns, when the winter steals away my stability and I am hiding within the walls of my home and cannot figure out how to eat or sleep, I’m pretty sure my mental illness is not invisible. In fact, I feel like I am wearing a large sign: “I have bipolar disorder and am currently depressed. PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE.”

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The One Who Will Be Abused After You

The One Who Will Be Abused After You

Abusers must find new victims - not new loves, new victims. It hurts to imagine they can love someone when they couldn't love you, but the error is thinking it is love.

Violet is ready to leave her abusive husband – almost. She struggles with what-ifs, but I sense she has one foot out the door already. She asked in her comment,

“I think about him meeting someone else; what if he is good to her? Does that make her better than me? I know someone else addressed this, but it is a real fear of mine. Am I making him act this way?”

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Dealing with Doctors Who Won’t Tell You Your Diagnosis

Dealing with Doctors Who Won’t Tell You Your Diagnosis

One of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard is of doctors not giving their patients their diagnoses. That’s right – the patient sees the doctor, the doctor does a full assessment, the doctor reaches a conclusion, but keeps it a big secret like an upcoming birthday party.

This is an example of parental doctoring and completely insults the patient.

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Choosing Happiness

Learn how to choose to live a happier lifestyle that increases your confidence and healthy with 6 simple steps that you can practice now.

Choosing Happiness

For years, research has suggested that the happier and less stressed we are, the less likely we are to get sick, develop long-term health issues and lead more fulfilled lives. The more pessimistic, stressed out, and lacking in self-confidence we are, the more health hazards come our way. From stroke, heart attacks, depression, even cancer, many studies suggest that a happier life leads to lower risks for developing such health problems.

It can be habitual for some to look at the glass half empty, going through each day as if it is a burden, and consequently impacting their relationships with others and themselves. A lack of self-confidence leads to low self–esteem, fear of failure, negative expectations, self doubt, and unhappiness.

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Show Me The Way To Recovery Road

Show Me The Way To Recovery Road

I entered the damp basements of Alcoholics Anonymous many years ago, and found a new, immeasurably superior, way of life. I won’t belabor this point, and I certainly won’t try to sell it to you. But I will say it worked for me and continues to do so.

Everything about it surprised me, which was annoying, because I don’t like surprises; I’m the kind of person who likes to believe he has it all worked out, (especially when he doesn’t), which I suppose is part of the reason I ended up there in the first place.

One of the biggest surprises of all was the amount of humor. Indeed, the process of having your perspective adjusted almost always improves your sense of humor.

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