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You Can Let Yourself Be Anxious (Why It’s OK)

You Can Let Yourself Be Anxious (Why It’s OK)

You can let yourself be anxious even though your goal is to reduce anxiety. Here are several reasons why allowing yourself to be anxious is mentally healthy.

It’s truly okay to let yourself be anxious. Why? Because sometimes we all just need to allow ourselves to feel how we feel, to be okay with anxious thoughts. It’s even okay to express those anxious feelings. The key is how much we let ourselves be anxious. 

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DID and DBT: Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation

DID and DBT: Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation

Though DID is not primarily treated with dialectical behavior therapy, DBT distress tolerance skills can be especially useful in decreasing symptoms. Learn how.

While dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) isn’t the primary treatment option for dissociative identity disorder (DID), there are skills within DBT, like distress tolerance skills, that can help people manage their dissociation symptoms. These skills come in handy in a crisis or when we feel ourselves heading towards dissociation. So how do you use the distress tolerance skills of DBT for the dissociation of DID?

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My Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder’s Not My Fault

My Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder’s Not My Fault

Why do I blame myself for my schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder? Here's some insights into how to stop the blame game.I blame myself for my schizoaffective disorder. That doesn’t make sense, I know—especially since I live to fight mental illness stigma. It doesn’t make sense for a lot of other reasons as well. Here’s why I shouldn’t blame myself– and why I do it anyway.

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Live Life Now: Living in the Present Moment

Live Life Now: Living in the Present Moment

Live life now, not as it was and not as it might be. Being fully present in this moment is important to finding your bliss. Here are some ways to live life now.
Spending all of our mental energy focused on the past or the future means that we aren’t living in the present. We aren’t living our lives right now, and, honestly, the present moment is truly the only time we have to live. Many of us are constantly distracted, but I’d encourage each of us to live life now and be fully present for this moment.

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Social Anxiety, Dread of Meeting New People

Social Anxiety, Dread of Meeting New People

People experiencing social anxiety can feel dread when meeting new people. Learn three tips for lowering social anxiety and dread so you can meet new people.

When it comes to meeting new people, social anxiety instills in its sufferers a sense of dread. Having to meet new people can sound alarms and ignite warning fires in the minds and bodies of those living with social anxiety (Extroverts Can Experience Social Anxiety, Too). In response to the fires, fire walls within the brain pop up, sealing off areas like rational thought and peaceful feelings so that all attention is funneled to the fire. The fire is a signal of danger—of stranger danger—and it makes us dread meeting new people. What we often don’t realize is that we are in charge of the alarm, the fire, even social anxiety itself. You don’t have to forever dread meeting new people. 

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Small Achievements to Celebrate in Bipolar Disorder

Small Achievements to Celebrate in Bipolar Disorder

Small achievements in bipolar disorder are important to celebrate. Don't let the little wins pass by -- use them to encourage future achievements.

It’s important to celebrate the small achievements in bipolar disorder. I have written about this before, in fact. But what does a small win in bipolar disorder look like? How do you celebrate a small achievement in bipolar disorder?

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‘Adulting’ with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

‘Adulting’ with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

'Adulting' can be hard with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. But many schizophrenic adults thrive, and many of the mentally healthy do not. Do you?“Adulting” can be hard enough without schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. When you have a mental illness, even seemingly simple things like keeping the apartment clean add up to be monumental tasks (Guilt, Shame, and Responsibility in Mental Illness). Here’s how my schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms get in the way of adult obligations, even though I keep tackling them head on.

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Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

The isolation caused by childhood mental illness can limit your family's fulfillment and capacity for mental health. Learn to limit associated anxiety instead. A child’s mental illness isolates the whole family. Social anxiety, unpredictable outbursts, sensory issues–all these things can make the outside world exhausting for your child (Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness). Judgment, stigma, and fear make it exhausting for parents. Isolation is our biggest enemy. Fight it.

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Help Stop Mental Health Stigma: Arm Yourself With Knowledge

Help Stop Mental Health Stigma: Arm Yourself With Knowledge

stigma can be stopped when you arm yourself with knowledge and fight the myths at every turn

It is important to arm yourself with knowledge in any way you can so you can better fight mental health stigma whenever you encounter it. You may be seeking this knowledge for many reasons. For yourself, for a family member, or for people you work around or interact with who have a mental illness. By seeking knowledge on mental health, you can stop stigmatizing beliefs on the spot when you encounter people who have misunderstandings or believe mental health myths.

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Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks are Real

Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks are Real

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real, but many people think they're made up. Learn what anxiety attacks and panic attacks are and why they are real.

People who live with anxiety and panic know that panic and anxiety attacks are real. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are legitimate physical and emotional experiences. Recently, I was watching a show in which a character’s doctor informed him that he had had a panic attack. When this character told his sister, she exclaimed in disbelief, “Are those a thing? I thought panic attacks were something made up by celebrities for attention.” To help increase understanding, I offer an explanation for why panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real. 

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