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Crapshot: Gambling Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder

Crapshot: Gambling Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder

Shortly after I moved into the downtown Indianapolis area, I started betting on horse races at a bar (off-track betting, OTB). I realized I now had not one, but two addictions when I joked about buying a horse and naming it “Beer Money.” While I’m in recovery, I still speculate about how my symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) fueled my gambling addiction. Thankfully, I caught it early.

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My Mentally Ill Child and School Refusal

My Mentally Ill Child and School Refusal

School refusal is the most arduous test I’ve encountered while parenting my mentally ill son. Middle school is difficult for most adolescents. Seventh grade was the worst year for me and my son Bob. That is the year he refused to go to school.

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15 Amazing Mindfulness Benefits

15 Amazing Mindfulness Benefits

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. ~ Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness is a Matter of Seizing the Moment

Are you paying attention to this moment? Will you surrender completely in this moment? Can you be happy in the moment and have it be enough?

Mindfulness is a matter of seizing the moment. During my time in the military, I recall having to do a water survival activity which required everyone to negotiate several obstacles. When my turn came, I had to swim underwater nearly 50 meters through a simulated helicopter wreck, come to the surface, manually inflate a floatation device, and swim the length of a pool to a survival raft and await a rescue helicopter. Because of the risks inherent in this activity, my senses were heightened with each second, every breath, and every meter I swam. I was equally aware that each moment drew me closer to the life raft and to safety. I was connected to the present and my condition. My body was extremely tired and weak and my breathing was shallow, but my mind was very sharp and connected to the moment.

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Everyday Objects Can Become Weapons for Self-Harmers

Everyday Objects Can Become Weapons for Self-Harmers

Self-harmers know that typical, everyday objects can be seen in an unsafe light. Some people may see a can tab as, well a can tab, while self-harmers see it as an escape. While people see a pen cap as being used to top a pen, those who self-injure may see it as a harmful tool.

Being that everyone’s brains are unique and different, very few understand the mind of those who self-harm. This rings true for mental illness in general – they are frightening diseases to understand. For those who don’t quite take the time to see through the blurred eyes of a self-harmer, they may not fully grasp why they see and do what they do.

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Combat PTSD Symptoms – Avoidance

Combat PTSD Symptoms – Avoidance

As I mentioned last time, the symptoms of combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) fall into four categories that include: re-experiencing, avoidance, negative changes in beliefs and feelings and hyperarousal. Today I want to talk about the combat PTSD symptoms that fall into the avoidance category.

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Appear Confident Even When You Feel Insecure

Everyone feels insecure in certain situations. Learn how to speak up and appear confident, even in the most anxiety producing and insecure situations with these three tips.

Appear Confident Even When You Feel Insecure

Sometimes you may feel insecure or uncomfortable in situations with others; we all do. When you learn how to act more confidently you actually start to feel more confident too. In this video, I give you three great ways to understand what to do differently. In these experiences, I’ve provided examples and  genuinely expressed how they can work in almost any situation.  This will help you implement these techniques into your life instantly.

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Does Depression Cloud Your Future?

Does Depression Cloud Your Future?

My depression is really making me struggle with the daily task of living right now. I can’t keep going the way I have in the past few years. I hate my life; I’m completely broke and in debt and I feel like all of my relationships are crumbling. Sometimes I sit back and look at my life and think, “Is this really it for me? Is depression going to define and imprison me for the rest of my life?”

I know it’s pretty common for someone in the late twenties to question where their life is going, but I feel like I have extra questions than the average person who say, isn’t diagnosed with depression.

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Taking A Break From PTSD Recovery

Taking A Break From PTSD Recovery

Sometimes you just do have to step away.

Sometimes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has to cease being the focus of your life, even if only for a few hours or minutes. Healing work can be draining; shoring up your mind and emotions with an experience outside the realm of PTSD can actually help your recovery reach a whole new level.

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Overwhelmed by Stress and Anxiety? How to Deal with It

Overwhelmed by Stress and Anxiety? How to Deal with It

Anxiety can feel as though an incredibly loud and boisterous parade is charging right through your very being: blasting bands, flashy floats, animals, and announcers ad nauseam. This chaos within can cause headaches, chest pain, difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, aches and pains, and other noxious anxiety symptoms. Further, our thoughts become anxious and race with worry and obsessions. Often, panic sets in. As if this weren’t bad enough, we have to live in the midst of this parade. We have to deal with parade garbage (think about it—debris, litter, road apples) while simultaneously dealing with everything else around us. With pandemonium on the inside, how do we deal with all of the stuff on the outside?

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Social Media and Your Kid’s Self Esteem

Social Media and Your Kid’s Self Esteem

Recent studies indicate that social media impacts the adolescent brain and produces anxiety and low self-esteem.

Educators have informed us for years on how vital early childhood is for brain development. Professionals stress the importance of educational activities and limiting screen time for ideal brain enhancement. Society has retooled preschool programs, children’s television, and offered early intervention for potential delays.

Children, however, go through another rapid period of brain growth during adolescence, similar to the toddler years. Little is being done to maximize these crucial learning years for adolescents and parents need to be aware of what their teenager’s brain is absorbing.

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