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10 Things You Should Know About PTSD

10 Things You Should Know About PTSD

Here are some things to know about PTSD before explaining it to someone else. Ending stigma with facts: know these ten things about PTSD. Take a look.

You hear more about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now than ever before. However, have you heard these 10 things you should know about PTSD? 

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Beating Anxiety the Triathlon Way

Beating Anxiety the Triathlon Way

Beating anxiety is an active process that is not unlike participating in a triathlon. To find solution focused help to beat anxiety and live the life you desire takes commitment and dedication to the greater goal of living an anxiety-free life (Stop Avoiding Anxiety! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)). For athletes who participate in triathlons, these events really aren’t merely single events. “Triathlon” describes a lifestyle. Similarly, beating anxiety isn’t just an event but instead is a lifestyle. Just as completing a triathlon requires action, so does beating anxiety. The following approach will help you beat anxiety the triathlon way. 

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Three Ways to Prevent Loneliness and Isolation

Three Ways to Prevent Loneliness and Isolation

If you don't prevent loneliness and isolation, depression can take hold. Learn how to prevent loneliness and isolation with these three tips. Take a look.

Loneliness and isolation can tear apart your happiness, but you can prevent it.  I work as a peer specialist and I often hear people concerned about feeling lonely or isolated (Mental Illness Is an Isolating and Lonely Disease). Today, I want to share three tips that have helped prevent loneliness and isolation in my life.

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Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

It is widely assumed that people with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia are violent. But this is stigma. Here's the truth.

People so often assume that those of us with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder (SZD) or schizophrenia are violent. The fact is that people with a mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than the perpetrator (Appleby, et al., 2001). In the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting, once again mental illness is blamed as a cause for the attack. And, once again, stigma regarding violence among those with mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, is reinforced.

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Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-injury can be addictive but you can recover from self-harm using the 12 steps, among other ways. Because self-harm helps us feel better, even if it is a negative coping skill, it can become a habit. We can become powerless over self-injury. But, like any addiction, a 12-step program can be useful in fighting self-harm behavior and aid self-harm recovery.

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Without Honesty, You Won’t Recover from an Eating Disorder

Without Honesty, You Won’t Recover from an Eating Disorder

“If you can’t be honest you won’t recover from an eating disorder,” the woman said while leading group therapy during my inpatient stay at the hospital.

Honesty is a foreign concept to eating disorders. They have a fantastic ability to spin lies. They tell us we’re fat, that we’re rejected, isolated, and alone. They tell us that they’re our best friends and that they’ll never leave us. At first, the statements might fill us with joy – hurray, a best friend who never leaves. But soon, it’s torture – an abusive friend who won’t ever leave. The problem with lies is that they grow with silence. The best way to mute them is to bring them into the light of honesty. Without honesty, you just won’t recover from an eating disorder. Here are four vital things to be honest about in your eating disorder recovery.

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Summer Transitions for Parents With Mental Illness

Summer Transitions for Parents With Mental Illness

Parents with mental illness, expect summer transition behaviors from your children. We often underestimate what a huge transition our children experience as they finish up the school year (Help Your Child Feel Confident at the End of the School Year). Their routines change dramatically, as do ours. It is normal for kids to be grumpy, overly tired, and even combative as they work through major transitions in their lives. Parents with mental illness expecting these transitions into summer may have an easier time working with their kids and avoid mental health triggers. 

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About the ‘Coping with Depression’ Author, Tiffanie Verbeke

About the ‘Coping with Depression’ Author, Tiffanie Verbeke

I’m Tiffanie Verbeke and I am the new co-author of Coping with Depression. I’m a freshly-graduated Interpersonal Communication Studies major, coffee addict, avid runner, and music enthusiast. I also pretend to be a good painter (which is an excellent coping mechanism). I have learned and experienced many challenging, wonderful things in my lifetime, but one of my most significant adventures has been learning about my brain. I was officially diagnosed in college with severe depression, anxiety, and mixed state bipolar disorder—a lovely combination of barriers to achieving optimal mental health.

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Emotional Resilience — Bounce Back from Difficulty

Emotional Resilience — Bounce Back from Difficulty

Developing emotional resilience does not exempt you from stress. But if you can develop resilience, you will bounce back from difficulty more easily. Read this.

Developing emotional resilience does not exempt you from life’s stressors. It helps you maintain hope when you have to face those stressors (Resilience: Getting Up When Mental Illness Knocks You Down). If you can learn how to bounce back from difficulty, you will adapt rather than succumb to adversity. Learn how to develop your emotional resilience. Here’s how.

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Ways to Stay Sober at Weddings During Recovery

Ways to Stay Sober at Weddings During Recovery

Can you stay sober at a wedding? I think so. Weddings can present a challenge for sober folks (Sobriety Becoming the New Norm). Here are some tips for staying sober during wedding season.

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