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Discussing Depression and Mental Health: Why Language Matters

Discussing Depression and Mental Health: Why Language Matters

The language we use when discussing depression and mental health matters because language can stigmatize people with mental illness. Words have the power to make someone feel included or excluded. Choice of language in a conversation about depression and mental health can impact how accepted (or unaccepted) a person living with depression feels.

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Mental Health System Fails with Lethal Results

Mental Health System Fails with Lethal Results

We see signs of how the mental health system suffers, but too often, the mental health system fails with lethal results. We all know that the mental health system fails, but have we ever thought of the results of that failure? In the case of Jamycheal Mitchell, another #BlackLivesMatter death no one is talking about, a $5 theft and subsequent jail stay proved fatal. Once again, the mental health system fails with lethal results.

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How To Use The Power Of Gratitude to Extinguish Negativity

How To Use The Power Of Gratitude to Extinguish Negativity

I recently realized how the power of gratitude can help in times of anger, anxiety and fear. Negative emotions can overwhelm us and spread like fire. But the power of gratitude works like a fire extinguisher when it comes to negative emotions.

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Combat PTSD and Sleep Disturbances

Combat PTSD and Sleep Disturbances

 

Sleep disturbances are all too common in combat PTSD. Learn about combat PTSD sleep disturbances and how to treat them.

Sleep disturbances are very common in combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, two types of sleep disturbances — nightmares and insomnia — are actually diagnostic criteria for PTSD. We’re not sure why PTSD affects sleep so profoundly but research is getting closer to finding out. But can sleep disturbances in combat PTSD be treated and if so, how?

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Video Games Can Help Reduce Mental Illness Stigma

Video Games Can Help Reduce Mental Illness Stigma

Video games can help reduce the stigma of mental illness as popular video games fictionalize real life scenarios for entertainment. Video games that fictionalize the state of the world are often irresponsible and damaging, likely due to the portrayal of the video game’s interactive characters. Role-playing type games hold immense power by influencing our lives, but often negatively demonstrate the stigma of mental illness.

However, the game genre is an ideal place to work on improving mental health education by, instead, reducing the stigma linked to mental illness, and this is an opportunity to contribute to positively shaping the perceptions and attitudes of our population, especially our youth. Video games can help reduce mental illness stigma.

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Three Alternatives to Self-Injury

Three Alternatives to Self-Injury

There are three alternatives to self-injury that I have found helpful. Some of them are well known, while one is new to me (by which I mean I learned it two days ago). Self-injury borders on being an addiction, and sometimes we can feel obligated to self-injure. However, we need to remember that there are at least three alternatives to self-injury.

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When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

Knowing when to get rid of social media relationships is tricky. We all know them – the person in our Twitter or Facebook feed that we don’t see eye-to-eye with. Or the friend from highschool that, for some reason, annoys you with the endless pictures they post of their dog. Having so many social media relationships in so many places can stir lots of emotions, some of them good and others bad (Is Social Networking Increasing Your Relationship Anxiety?). But there are times and situations which signal you must get rid of social media relationships.

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The Low Point of My Binge Eating Disorder

The Low Point of My Binge Eating Disorder

Someone recently asked me what the low point was of my binge eating disorder. Why did I seek help for a problem that I had had for years? What was the final straw? Immediately, I knew exactly what it was. Here is the low point of my binge eating disorder.

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Identifying and Diagnosing Alcoholism

Identifying and Diagnosing Alcoholism

Therapists and counselors use specific addiction diagnostic criteria when considering alcoholism or addiction in their clients. However, they only know as much as you, the patient, tell them. Therefore, you are really the only person who can determine whether or not identifying or diagnosing alcoholism is appropriate for you (take the Alcoholism Test).

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Growth in PTSD Recovery — Goodbye to "Trauma! A PTSD Blog"

Growth in PTSD Recovery — Goodbye to "Trauma! A PTSD Blog"

Three years ago this month I joined the HealthyPlace blogging team by creating this blog. I did so because I wanted to write about symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what it takes to heal. This was a personal mission: I am a PTSD survivor who struggled for almost 30 years before launching a healing rampage that led me to freedom. And now, while I’m sad to do it, I must say goodbye to Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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