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The Truth About Self-Esteem

Learn the truth about self-esteem and how you can change your life with simple and achievable changes.

The Truth About Self-Esteem

The truth about self-esteem is that it is obtainable. Many people don’t understand what self-esteem really means or feel that it’s based on how others perceive them. They have these lofty ideas that healthy or high self-esteem comes from some magic moment or impossible way of living and thinking. These ideas aren’t true and actually keep people from feeling confident or having high self-esteem. If you find yourself thinking that healthy self-esteem isn’t possible, this article on the truth of self-esteem is for you.

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Binge Eating Disorder: Coping After a Binge, Overeating

Binge Eating Disorder: Coping After a Binge, Overeating

When you have binge eating disorder, coping after a binge or overeating can be tough. Binge eating disorder is a serious mental illness that is can be very difficult to control. Occasionally, you will slip and binge. The strongest person with the most self-control is sometimes not able to fight off the compulsion to keep eating and the inability to stop once you’ve started. You might feel a lot of different things after you’ve binged and that’s completely natural. But remember, this one lapse does not mean that you’ve lost the battle. You can cope after a binge or overeating.

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Importance of Relationships During Mental Illness Relapse

Importance of Relationships During Mental Illness Relapse

Relationships during mental illness relapse can be critical to recovery. Many people with mental illness isolate and withdraw socially as symptoms of their disease. Though it may feel comforting to disconnect from the world and withdraw into one’s own thoughts, reaching out to loved ones is a great way to reap the benefits of your relationships during a mental illness relapse.

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Unconditional Positive Regard: Like Yourself, Reduce Anxiety

Unconditional Positive Regard: Like Yourself, Reduce Anxiety

Unconditional positive regard reduces anxiety. When we experience anxiety, how can we stop bullying ourselves and give ourselves unconditional positive regard?

Unconditional positive regard is something that can reduce anxiety. Regarding ourselves positively and unconditionally involves, simply, treating ourselves nicely and with kind respect. When we live with anxiety we tend to magnify what we perceive to be our faults, shortcomings, and penchant for making mistakes. We also tend to focus on these and berate ourselves for them. When we stop beating ourselves up and, instead, treat ourselves with unconditional positive regard, we can actually reduce anxiety. 

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How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

Tired of being a people-pleaser? Being a people-pleaser is a drain on your self-esteem. It's different from helping someone. Here's how to stop people-pleasing.

Being a people-pleaser is a sign of low self-esteem. If you’re a people-pleaser, you go out of your way to make other people happy. Your choices or actions might be based on what others think, want or expect from you. Your self-worth is probably dependent on the approval from others, and it most likely reflects your personal insecurities. It’s okay to be kind and helpful to others, but to a point. Excessive people-pleasing is unhealthy and it can worsen your self-esteem. The good news is that you can stop being a people-pleaser.

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Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

For me, the most helpful framework in understanding borderline personality disorder (BPD) comes out of schema therapy, a borderline personality disorder treatment, which includes a concept known as schema modes. The easiest way to understand schema modes is to think of them as personalities. Different personalities take over to protect the borderline when she is hurt or threatened in some way. Schema modes in borderline personality disorder are a form of maladaptive coping that the person learned in response to childhood trauma, and schema therapy is designed to address these modes.

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Video: Phentermine, A Binge Eating Disorder Medication

Video: Phentermine, A Binge Eating Disorder Medication

Phentermine is a binge eating disorder medication as it’s an appetite suppressant. It works by stimulating the part of the brain that regulates appetite. With someone that has binge eating disorder, this area of the brain could be going into overdrive and causing binges. The binge eating disorder medication, phentermine, has worked to help me control my binges and stop grazing all day.

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A Lens of Love Leads to Blissful Living

A Lens of Love Leads to Blissful Living

Life viewed through a lens of love can lead to blissful living. As I reflect on some of life’s journey, I remember painful times during my growing up years. I accepted a truth of myself as viewed through a lens of fear and poison. At that time, I wasn’t aware my view was one from fear. I had no idea that a life viewed through the lens of love could be blissful.

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Many Americans Don’t Drink Alcohol

Many Americans Don’t Drink Alcohol

Nearly one-third of adult Americans do not drink alcohol at all. Furthermore, another one-third of adult Americans consume less than one alcoholic drink per week. These figures from a Washington Post article astonished me; far more Americans don’t drink alcohol or very light drinkers than I had realized. 

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Doctors Are Affected by Mental Illness Stigma Too

Doctors Are Affected by Mental Illness Stigma Too

Doctors are affected by mental illness stigma. Read about my experience with mental illness stigma in doctors and let me know what you would do about it.

Doctors are affected by mental illness stigma, and, as mental health consumers, we run into this problem time and time again. I have heard countless horror stories of mental illness stigma affecting doctors and other mental health professionals, who are part of the patient’s journey. However, there still remains a number of doctors and medical professionals who stay true to their passion for medicine. Here are some of my best and worst experiences with doctors who are affected by mental illness stigma and the ones who aren’t.

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