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Introduction to Nancy Zacharakis, Author of ‘Recovering from Mental Illness’

Introduction to Nancy Zacharakis, Author of ‘Recovering from Mental Illness’

New author of "Recovering from Mental Illness" blog Nancy Zacharakis talks about her experience recovering from binge eating disorder, anxiety and depression.My name is Nancy Zacharakis and I’m excited to be joining the Recovering from Mental Illness blog at HealthyPlace. I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety for about three years, from the ages of 21-24. My mental illness began after competing in a bikini bodybuilding competition and suffering with binge eating disorder. The unhealthy relationship with food and my body during my 16-week competition preparation was a catalyst for an eating disorder. My binge eating then led me to feel depressed about my life, my body, my relationships, and my career. I suffered from anxiety as well, feeling anxious about what was happening to me, what my future was going to look like and how I was going to deal with this abnormal behavior.

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Pursuing Dreams and Setting Goals With a Mental Illness

Pursuing Dreams and Setting Goals With a Mental Illness

Pursuing dreams by setting goals with a mental illness (or without) gives you a sense of purpose. Here are my tips on setting goals that can help you too.

Setting goals is a great way to move your life forward whether you have a mental illness or not. Doctors diagnosed me with bulimia and schizoaffective disorder about 10 years ago, but mental illnesses haven’t stopped me from wanting my own successful business. It is easy to get off track when you’re struggling with symptoms of a mental illness, but I’ve remained as persistent as possible. Here’s how I set goals with a mental illness.

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Graduating College with a Mental Illness Takes Persistence

Graduating College with a Mental Illness Takes Persistence

Attending college with a mental illness was a long and bumpy road. I did graduate and have some advice for other students in college with a mental illness.

Attending college with a mental illness can be very challenging. The stress of your course load can exacerbate your mental health symptoms. If you’re attending a school away from home, being far from your family or support system can add even more pressure. My time in college was a very long and bumpy road, but when I slowed down and put my mental health first, I was finally able to graduate in 2014. Here’s how I survived college with a mental illness.

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How Community Service Affects Psychiatric Symptoms

How Community Service Affects Psychiatric Symptoms

Do you know how community service affects psychiatric symptoms? It’s a paradox–serving others is ultimately one of the best things you can do for yourself (Volunteering To Build Self-Esteem). Community service affects psychiatric symptoms with a healing power that should not be overlooked. Community service affects psychiatric symptoms by helping a person realize that his/her problems are not as catastrophic as he/she might believe, that he/she can make a difference in the world, and that love is one of the most powerful forces on earth.

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The Fix: The Self-Help Addiction

The Fix: The Self-Help Addiction

Are Self-Help Books, Videos The Answer?

Whether the “problem” is mental illness, low self-esteem, feeling unfulfilled or any other “malady”, there is a book, problem or savior for you! Walk into your local Barnes & Noble, Half-Price Books or independent bookseller and take note of how much real estate is devoted to the self-help titles.  You Can Change Your Life, The Secret, The Law of Attraction. . .the key to a happy life is contained within.  Can’t you hear the harps playing as you crack it open?  No?  Me neither.

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Accomplishing Goals When Living With Mental Illness

Accomplishing Goals When Living With Mental Illness

Accomplishing goals when you have a mental illness can be difficult, but learning how to accomplish goals is key to mental illness recovery. Try these tips.

This is not, in any way, a political statement but–YES, we can! Of course we can accomplish goals when living with a mental illness! Why not? We have brains that work and bodies that move. But accomplishing, or even setting goals when you live with a mental illness can be difficult. It can be difficult when we don’t feel great. But we can turn this difficulty into a positive–yes–a positive experience!

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