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A Story of Overpermissiveness

A Story of Overpermissiveness

What a CEO Scandal Can Teach Us About Setting Limits

What can happen when no limits are set? More Than Borderline’s, Becky Oberg, tells the story of an Indianapolis CEO’s fall from grace and explains why setting limits now can save us trouble down the road. Watch.

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I Have Bipolar – Will Anyone Ever Love Me?

I Have Bipolar – Will Anyone Ever Love Me?

Recently I was contacted by someone who was unfortunately going through a divorce. He felt that his spouse left him because he was bipolar. He asked me the question that so many people with a mental illness have asked themselves: I’m bipolar – will anyone ever love me?

Well, I can’t tell the future, but I do know a few things about love.

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Why Are Romantic Relationships with Mental Illness Hard?

Why Are Romantic Relationships with Mental Illness Hard?

I thought of three reasons why it’s hard to have a romantic relationship when you have a mental illness. Three? Perhaps 100 reasons is more realistic. 100 reasons sound about right, but then this post would feel like reading a bad romance novel. That said, I want to focus on the biggest reasons why romantic relationships with mental illness are so difficult and how they connect to the smaller reasons–like a web of very bad dates.

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What’s All The Fuss About Eating Disorders, Anyway?

What’s All The Fuss About Eating Disorders, Anyway?

Yeah, okay. It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. What’s there to be “aware” of? We all know that eating disorders are for vain, pretentious teenage girls. It’s just a stage. They’ll get over it. And it’s not like being “too thin” is going to kill you. That’s what everyone believes, right? Everybody has heard of eating disorders at this point, so why are we taking a week to specifically “make people aware”?

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Using Relationships to Heal PTSD

Using Relationships to Heal PTSD

The truth is every experience you have – both the bad and the good – impact your brain in important ways by creating a physiological environment as well as neural pathway structures.

You already know how trauma has negatively impacted you and led to uncomfortable and even painful feelings and body experiences. Have you considered the beneficial impact of positive experiences and how they can help you feel better?

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When Mental Illness Hits the Family: Things to Remember

When Mental Illness Hits the Family: Things to Remember

After mental illness strikes a family, can a family get happiness back? Can they bond again? These are worrisome concerns because, after all, having a loved one with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can put a lot of stress on family members and change family dynamics.

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Eating Disorders and Self-Esteem

Therapist Emily Roberts explains the role of self-esteem in the development and treatment of eating disorders. Her insight through work in clinical treatment centers provides expert knowledge on preventing eating disorders and increasing self-esteem.

Eating Disorders and Self-Esteem

Self-esteem and eating disorders are linked. How? Our self-esteem, how much we like or approve of ourselves, plays a major role in prevention and treatment of eating disorders. As part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I thought we talk about this important relationship between eating disorders and self-esteem.

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Why Can’t You Get Past Your Past?

Why Can’t You Get Past Your Past?

When we have had trauma in our past. So many things can trigger an old memory to rise up and take over our emotions. It is even worse when those memories are from a traumatic event.  A smell, a shape, a sound, a touch, a person. Anything our senses take in can send us emotionally back to a threatening past.

The suffering of this is intense. It may be a nightmare, a flashback, or an anxiety attack. It can also be incredibly frustrating and disappointing that even though you are presently safe–that you feel the persistent panic as though you are still in constant danger.

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The Hopelessness of Bad Bipolar Days

The Hopelessness of Bad Bipolar Days

The first thing I thought of this morning was killing myself. Literally, as consciousness slowly overtook my brain thoughts of suicide were all that were there.

It’s a bad day.

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Why Talk Therapy Cannot Heal PTSD

Why Talk Therapy Cannot Heal PTSD

The majority of survivors begin PTSD recovery in traditional talk therapy. It’s a natural place to start. As a society we’re very in tune with ‘therapy’ and the idea of talking to a professional when something is wrong emotionally and we don’t know how to fix it.

But is talk therapy really effective in healing PTSD? The answer is, NO. Here’s why….

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