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About Hannah Crowley, Author of “Getting Through Tough Times”

About Hannah Crowley, Author of “Getting Through Tough Times”

My name is Hannah Crowley, and I was first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2003 when I was just 13 years old. I was a young, sheltered, over-achiever with absolutely no concrete idea of what my diagnosis meant. Weren’t anorexics all just stick-thin models who were far too vain for their own good? Because that’s what I had heard, somewhere. That’s what the papers told me. That’s what my parents said. That’s what I read in the pages of magazines I had hidden covertly between the covers of English classics. Bronte, Dickens and Austin. Anorexia was stupidity. It was a sin. I should probably just eat, get over myself, and grow up. Right? Wrong.

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Mental Health Stigma of Seeking Help For Your Mental Illness

Mental Health Stigma of Seeking Help For Your Mental Illness

As I walk through the day hospital to attend a new cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program, I feel a sense of embarrassment and shame. I wonder and search within myself to only ask, “How has it come to this?” As I stop by the nurse’s station to ask for directions to find my way to the group, I cannot help but sense that they must be assessing and judging me. There is a great deal of mental health stigma when accessing mental health resources for the purpose of rehabilitation and I believe a great majority of us have felt it at one time or another.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions, in general. This is because people tend to resolve to do pie-in-the-sky type things that they don’t have a hope in heck of doing. New Year’s resolutions turn into more like a wish list to be granted by a deity than goals any one person can achieve. But there are ways of making New Year’s resolutions that you can stick to and here’s how – create SMART resolutions.

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How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think

How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think

If you have low self-esteem, the chances are you worry too much about what others think. You probably place too much value on other people’s opinions and overestimate how much they actually care. It’s natural to care to some extent what others think, and it’s okay, to a point. It’s the excessive worry that’s the problem.

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Homeless With Schizophrenia

Homeless With Schizophrenia

Under the spell of delusions and psychosis, many of us have tread the trenches of homelessness. We are fighting a battle on multiple fronts, from the horrifying symptoms that we suffer from, to the poverty and intense stigma that often follows. These varying aspects of schizophrenia can combine together to form nightmare scenarios where we are left confused, alone and living on the streets. Once homeless and ill, we face a new set of problems that include hypothermia, starvation, victimization and lack of medical care.   When this situation arises, we can become desperate and go to extreme lengths to meet our basic needs.

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Find Your Hidden Trauma Triggers

Find Your Hidden Trauma Triggers

The trauma triggers discussed in the last post (How To Handle Trauma Triggers Caused By Domestic Abuse) typically result in anxiety or panic attacks. You can often find an exact cause for those types of trauma triggers and there is a way to handle the anxiety they cause at the time they occur.

On the other hand, hidden trauma triggers are situations, relationships or events that subconsciously remind an abuse survivor of the abuse they experienced and cause the survivor to feel or act out in ways they did during the abusive relationship for several days or longer.

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Staying Sober for New Year’s — My Plan

Staying Sober for New Year’s — My Plan

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2015; the year has gone so fast. But now comes a challenge–staying sober for New Year’s while everybody but me will be drinking. Fortunately, therapy, medication and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have helped me prepare a plan. Here are three things I plan to do to stay sober–feel free to use them or to add your own.

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Pros/Cons of Self-Employment While Living with Depression

Pros/Cons of Self-Employment While Living with Depression

Being self-employed presents a number of challenges. If you compound being self-employed with having a mental illness, it can be a very difficult dynamic. However, the dynamic may work better than a traditional employment situation for someone living with depression.

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Resolutions Worth Keeping: Motivation, Willpower and Passion

Resolutions Worth Keeping: Motivation, Willpower and Passion

Every year people make resolutions that seem to fizzle away after the first month or so. Just as quickly as the excitement begins, the motivation seems to drift away and then you’re back the square one. No one likes being back where he or she started, especially if progress has been made and the excitement of success has been felt.

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Simple Ways To Improve Self-Esteem

There are simple ways to improve your self-esteem and feel more confident. These 4 tips are easy to implement and you will begin to feel more control over your life instantly.

Simple Ways To Improve Self-Esteem

Improving self-esteem may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be so hard. There are simple ways to improve self-esteem that are easy to implement into your daily life. This makes it more likely you will have positive self-talk and feel better about yourself. Sure, there are thousands of books and articles that make it seem like an overwhelming task, but self-esteem starts with small shifts. Instead of buying into the hype, try to add in these simple tips and see how much more confident you feel and how much your self-esteem improves.

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