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Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Shelby Tweten, mental health advocate and new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation," talks about living with mental illness. Read more here.My name is Shelby Tweten and I’m the new coauthor of Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I have struggled with mental illness as long as I can remember. I am diagnosed with bipolar type II as well as borderline personality disorder, but I was wrongly diagnosed for years. I first went to therapy when I was eight years old. Originally labeled as depressed, when I was 14, I was put on medication that later threw me into a medically-induced manic episode. After being diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17, I decided to audition for American Idol. On the show, I talked about my struggle with bipolar and how music helped me get through it. With all that going on and still being in high school, staying on medication was hard for me. When you’re good, you think you’re fantastic, which leads you to think you can handle life without your medication. This is wrong.

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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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About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith, author of 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation', shares her diagnosis of borderline as a youth and how she's overcoming her mental illness.I’m Mel Lee-Smith, and I’m excited to join the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012 when I was 18 years old. Like many borderlines, my teenage years were troubled. I grew up in a poor family; I was bullied throughout my school years for my looks; I struggled with self-harm, a poor self-image and the absence of my biological father. To cope – or perhaps distract – I engaged in impulsive, promiscuous, and dangerous habits. Despite all that, I made it my goal to get out and make a better life for myself.

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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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Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

Why It’s Hard to Accept a Diagnosis of a Mental Disorder

In a society that demands a perfect body and a perfect mind, it is no surprise to understand why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder. The lack of knowledge people have about mental health leads to minimal support for those struggling with a mental health condition. This is a challenge for many young adults who receive a diagnosis in which they know little to nothing about. The stigma of mental illness and the treatment for mental health conditions are two main reasons why it’s hard to accept a diagnosis of a mental disorder.

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Dating Rules for Revealing a Mental Illness

Dating Rules for Revealing a Mental Illness

The dating rules for revealing your mental illness are important to know when getting back into the dating scene. In general, dating can be nerve-wracking, but dating with a mental illness can cause even more anxiety (Should You Tell People You Have a Mental Illness?). The stigma of mental illness prompts insecurities and feelings of inadequacy when it comes to dating. Those of us with a mental illness may approach dates with the notion that we are damaged goods. The truth is, most people are insecure about dating. It is important to know the dating rules for revealing a mental illness to prevent added stress. A mental health condition does not make you flawed, or unattractive. It adds an authentic element to your life that challenges you but does not define you.

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Young Adults Talk About Mental Health in Spite of Stigma

Young Adults Talk About Mental Health in Spite of Stigma

When I came forward about my diagnosis of bipolar II, I saw that, in spite of stigma, young adults talk about mental health. This is not an easy task for people of any age (Coming Out of the Mental Illness Closet). I was told revealing my diagnosis and opening up about mental health would diminish a lot of opportunities for potential careers and relationships in the future. As young adults, we are striving to be independent, find stability and happiness. It is a vulnerable period in life. The pressure of completing our education, finding jobs, and maintaining relationships is stressful and impacts our mental health. Talking about mental health is difficult in spite of stigma. However, many young adults are utilizing social media platforms to open the conversation about mental health and stigma.

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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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