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Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the suicide of a friend is never easy, but there are things you can do to care for yourself as you grieve. Read these tips for the grieving process.

Coping with the suicide of a friend is one of the most excruciating, incomprehensible things a person can experience. It leaves behind a wound that will seemingly never heal. Read on for some information on how to cope with the suicide of a friend.

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Summer, Social Media, and the Importance of Rest

Summer, Social Media, and the Importance of Rest

The summer months can worsen mental illness in teens and young adults, and social media certainly doesn't help matters. Learn more at HealthyPlace.com.

Do you know about the interaction between summer and social and the importance of rest? You’re not alone.

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Why Gratitude Is Good for Our Mental Health

Why Gratitude Is Good for Our Mental Health

There are a variety of reasons why gratitude is good for our mental health. Gratitude simply means expressing feelings of thankfulness. During depressive episodes or in moments of deep despair it can be discouraging when people encourage you to be grateful for all you have. It causes feelings of guilt on the behalf of the depressed person. Mental health conditions such as depression or bipolar affect all types of people. Although a person’s life may be filled with riches it does not eliminate the effects of depression. Nevertheless, our mental health can be helped with gratitude.

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Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting weight gain on psychiatric medications is a major problem for many people consuming these types of medicines (Weight Gain in a Pill). It is almost as if the more your mental health improves, the more weight you gain. However, psychiatric medication weight gain can be coped with.

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The Stress of PMS and Its Impact on Women’s Mental Health

The Stress of PMS and Its Impact on Women’s Mental Health

The stress of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and the impact on women’s mental health is a topic that applies to women who fear this time of the month due to extreme emotional behavior and discomfort (Hormones and Women’s Mental Health). A mental disorder, such as my diagnosis of bipolar, consists of high ups and low downs — a disorder filled with extremes. The combination of PMS and a mood disorder is riskier than PMS without a mental disorder. Recently, I have noticed as I near menstruation, depressive thoughts and emotions intensify to an extent that concerns me. To add to the apprehension of this monthly upheaval, there are serious disorders related to PMS that have major impacts on women’s mental health.

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Unique Mental Health Coping Skills for Bad Days

Unique Mental Health Coping Skills for Bad Days

Coping skills are important, and exploring unique coping mental health skills for bad days is key to recovering from a low period (You Can Practice Self-Care on a Budget). Being that no exceptional set of guidelines exist to rely upon when it comes to coping skills, it is important to explore unique ways to creatively cope with bad days. 

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Help for Teenage Self-Esteem

Help for Teenage Self-Esteem

I remember being a teenager — calling that phase of life a challenging time is an understatement! Many teenagers need self-esteem help because not only are you going through physical changes that affect your mood and hormones, but you are also trying to find who you really are.

How do you do this when during the teenage years you’re so influenced by others? How do you do this when it’s painful to go against your peers, and all you want to do is fit in? If you are unique and don’t conform to the norm, you start to feel like you’re not good enough (The Truth About Self-Esteem). How does one get through this transition period into adulthood? Here’s some help for teenage self-esteem.

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Exercise and your Mental Health

Exercise and your Mental Health

I used to wonder, are exercise and mental health related? Can it improve your overall mental health and be as helpful as antidepressants? In my recent experience, I’ve found the answer is yes. I have been through anxiety, depression and depersonalization (feeling a sense of watching yourself and feeling disconnected to others and oneself) and exercise helped to lift my mood during the dark days. The problem is, like many others might find, it’s a constant struggle to stay motivated and develop a love for exercise for your mental health.

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Mental Health Wellness Is a Lifetime Commitment

Mental Health Wellness Is a Lifetime Commitment

Once you’ve experienced the horror of anxiety and depression you are thankful every day that you have your life back, and you start to make plans for the future but what you need to know is that mental health wellness is a lifetime commitment. The gratitude one feels after a breakdown is like no other feeling in this world. Naturally, as we regain our health, we crave change and work on improving our own lives. However, we need to make sure we don’t become complacent and fall back into similar traps of negative thought patterns that are dangerous for our mental health. We need to make sure we make a lifetime commitment to mental health wellness. 

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Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous: It’s Not Us vs. Them

Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous: It’s Not Us vs. Them

I’ve been attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for about five months and the meetings have been a blessing in my recovery. For us young people, staying sober can be very difficult because drinking seems to be the “cool” thing to do. We can often feel like our lives are “over” in early recovery, and that we are going to be missing out or boring. When I thought about attending AA, I asked myself, “how can I possibly relate to someone who is over the age of 40?” However, in the past five months my attitude has drastically changed.

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