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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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Weighing in on Body Shaming and Its Effect on Mental Health

Weighing in on Body Shaming and Its Effect on Mental Health

As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder it is understandable the intense effect body shaming has on mental health. In modern day society, it seems nearly impossible to avoid society’s version of the ideal body. Body shaming consists of criticizing our own bodies and/or criticizing the bodies of others (Body-Image Problems: Stop Hating Your Body!). In the magazines, on television, and on social media, people who do not fit this ideal of the perfect body, face scrutiny and abuse. Social media often impacts mental health through body shaming.

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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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Tips For Seeing the Psychiatrist

Tips For Seeing the Psychiatrist

Over the years I have learned a lot of things to-do and not-to-do when seeing the psychiatrist. Here are a few tips for what to do in your initial visit with the psychiatrist. I wish I would have done these things sooner. If I had I probably would have received the proper diagnosis and treatment many years before I finally did.

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Do the Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication Outweigh the Risks?

Do the Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication Outweigh the Risks?

In a recent article titled “Thoughts on Taking Psychiatric Medication,” my fellow HealthyPlace.com blogger, Natalie, posed the question: “Do the benefits of taking psychiatric medication outweigh the risks?” In my opinion, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. In fact, I believe that I would be putting my life at greater risk by not taking psychiatric medication.

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Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

As young people seeking help for our mental health issues, sometimes we face unique challenges. I occasionally get criticism from older people telling me that I am just taking myself too seriously. They say I don’t really have a mental illness or addiction, but insist that I am just young or immature and I will grow out of it. This was especially troubling when it came to my alcoholism.

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