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Many Believe Prayer and Bible Study Can Cure Mental Illness

Many Believe Prayer and Bible Study Can Cure Mental Illness

One-third of all Americans believe mental illness can be cured by prayer and Bible study alone, but among evangelical Christians, the number jumps to one-half. In the video, More Than Borderline blog author, Becky Oberg, discusses the need for education about the realities of mental illness.

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Bipolar Disorder and Recuperating After Times of Stress

Bipolar Disorder and Recuperating After Times of Stress

As I mentioned, I recently took a trip east to see some family. In addition to 5-hour plane rides and meeting a long series of people I didn’t know, there was also the three hour time change to contend with. In other words, there was a lot of things that could, and did, mess with my bipolar.

Now, like many people, I’m quite good at handling stressors in the moment. I can travel and meet and charm with the best of them and I can say it mostly went very well. The trouble, though, is upon return. Upon return I feel like I’ve been hit by a bloody truck and act pretty much the same way.

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Symptom Switching: When Your Eating Disorder Wears A Costume

Symptom Switching: When Your Eating Disorder Wears A Costume

Symptom switching in eating disorder recovery is giving up one eating disorder behavior only to replace it with another. Learn more about symptom switching.

Happy Halloween, y’all! While I always greatly enjoy seeing what the kids in the neighborhood dress up as, there is one thing I am less excited to see in disguise: my eating disorder. Symptom switching is your eating disorder’s way of sneaking back into your routine. In the past 14 years, one thing I have learned is this: the eating disorder never stays the same.

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Therapy's First Obstacle: Trust My Therapist? No Way!

Therapy's First Obstacle: Trust My Therapist? No Way!

Effective psychotherapy requires a substantial degree of trust, which can only occur when the client-therapist relationship feels sufficiently safe to both parties. With victims of psychological trauma, achieving this sense of safety and trust can be a truly difficult barrier to productive therapeutic work. Let’s look at some of the reasons for this. But, first – why do this? Because it is all but impossible to solve a problem you don’t understand, and this problem must be solved. That this is possible is verified by the thousands of people who have actually done it, each in their own manner, but all in the same general sorts of ways. It is important to see a path to the mountain top, if that is where you wish to be. Let’s look at how and why that path can be hard to find.

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Am I Just Worried, Or Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Am I Just Worried, Or Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Are you anxious about your worrying? Sure, you’ve got worries. Life is stressful, there’s a lot at stake in our daily lives, and sometimes things go wrong. Worry is part of being human. But do you worry too much? How much is too much? Where is the line between healthy worry and an unhealthy anxiety disorder like generalized anxiety disorder?

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Halloween: More Trick Than Treat for Those With Mental Illness?

Halloween: More Trick Than Treat for Those With Mental Illness?

Halloween and Dia De Muertos (The Day of the Dead) can be child’s play. Ghosts, goblins, superheroes, Disney princesses and more bring both smiles and horror. For those with a mental illness, PTSD or panic, Halloween can conjure up very intense negative responses.

Sometimes horror flickers on the TV screen or in the movie theater, sometimes horror is found behind a mask, sometimes it comes to visit wrapped in “Trick or Treat!” Potential triggers lurk everywhere: black cats, oversized spiders, masks, horror movies and even costumes that perpetuate mental health stigma, domestic violence and much more. Ahhh, the midnight hour.

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How To Be More Confident

Emily answers questions about confidence, not feeling “good enough”, and being kinder to yourself. Her genuine response to clients and readers questions helps make an impact when trying to build more confidence and get rid of negative thinking patters once and for all. Her therapy dog Milo makes an appearance in this video.

How To Be More Confident

How can you be more confident? In this self-esteem, self-confidence video, I am answering some common questions that come up when building confidence.  How you talk to yourself, talk about yourself, and identifying situations that bring about negative thoughts and feelings will help you feel more confident everyday.

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Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

I am a sleepy monster. I slept 12 hours on Monday night. I slept 10 hours last night and I could totally take a nap right now. In fact, I might. Or, instead, I might do some warm-up activities to get my body centered, focused and excited all at the same time. I’m takin’ ’bout Brain Gym, y’all!

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Is Not Disclosing Mental Illness Perpetuating Stigma?

Is Not Disclosing Mental Illness Perpetuating Stigma?

I was talking with a friend recently about disclosure related to our mental illnesses. We were trying to figure out how and when you tell someone that you have a mental illness. It is a difficult problem, not only for those of us living with mental illness, but also for family members, because mental health stigma still exists. We were specifically discussing how, when, and if we should tell a potential employer about our mental illness.

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Dealing with Time Changes in Bipolar Disorder

Dealing with Time Changes in Bipolar Disorder

Recently I went on a little trip east. In addition to the plane being 2.25 hours late, the thing that got to me was the 3 hour time change.

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