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Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption affected my mental health since I found out I was adopted at 5. Ultimately, adoption affected my mental health positively, but there were dark times.

Adoption affected my mental health through the years, but it also caused some problems. For one, not knowing your biological parents can make self-discovery very confusing, as you have a lot of questions about where you came from and who would have raised you. Here’s my story about how adoption affected my mental health throughout my childhood and how my perspective on myself and my life have changed.

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How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

When you don't have control over something, anxiety can quickly rise. Even so, you can cope when you don't have control. See these tips to control anxiety.A large part of my experience with anxiety has been linked knowing I don’t have control and my fear of instability. While I know that I can’t control everything, these coping techniques for both rational and irrational fears have helped me avoid anxiety. The one thing therapy taught me is that I can cope with anxiety even if I don’t have control.

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Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Family drama can impact mental illnesses like depression, changing relationships for the worse. You need family drama survival skills. Find them right here.I find survival skills for family drama and mental illness are critical. Some families are simple while others can feel messy. My family is the latter. Fighting among family feels like the norm (Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues). Dealing with family drama and mental illness at the same time can feel like too much to handle at once. I’ve had to try out some survival skills to deal with family drama when I feel it affecting my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety.

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Getting Older When You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be

Getting Older When You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be

Getting older, no matter how old you are, gets tougher when you're not where you thought you'd be in life. Feel better about getting older. Watch this video.

This year, as I stared at the candles on my birthday cake, I could not take my eyes off of the second digit that said I was getting older—seven. Wow, I thought. Twenty-seven. What Should I Have Done Already?. It amazes me how fast one birthday turns into the next. Twenty is so far away, and 30 is right around the corner.I’m getting old and I’m not where I thought I’d be.

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Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression makes creativity difficult to use, so if your work counts on your creativity you could be in for trouble. If you worry about that, you aren't alone.One of the hardest parts of my work as a writer is not necessarily self-discipline or being inspired, but rather finding ways to use my creativity while depression zaps my motivation. Over time, depression feels as if it is sucking the creativity out of me, and being creative with depression coping becomes a work of art on its own.

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Three Step Anxiety Action Plan to Manage Anxious Times

Three Step Anxiety Action Plan to Manage Anxious Times

An anxiety action plan helps you manage your anxiety before it blows up bigger. My anxiety action plan helps me manage anxiety better. Read this for more.There are actionable steps in my anxiety action plan that you can take to manage your anxiety. All too often, I find myself in a position where I feel an unwarranted sense of worry, fear, or panic. Even when there is no pressing issue, I often find myself looking for ways to manage anxiety. This is the anxiety action plan I use to manage anxious times.

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Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

When depression spells hit they can cause sleepless nights, scary thoughts and more. Read this for depression spell coping skills to help you can get past them.Even if you were not diagnosed with depression or if you feel that you have it under control, you can always experience depression spells. They can hit at any time, sometimes with no warning. They can hit at the most random times—during a class, at a family reunion, after an interview, during the middle of a workday, etc.  Read on to find out about recognizing and dealing with depression spells before they get worse.

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Coping with Death Anxiety by Digging Up the Root Fear

Coping with Death Anxiety by Digging Up the Root Fear

Coping with anxiety about death can be a long process. It is easy to feel scared of the looming prospect of death. Getting to the root of death anxiety helps.

I’ve found if I dig up my root fear, I can better cope with death anxiety. I have a strange relationship with death. I soak up true crime podcasts and articles, all the while fearing the numerous ways I could die each day. Sometimes it all feels like a lot to cope with (Five Reasons You Should Keep A Fear Journal). I have found that getting to the root of my death anxiety helps me lessen my anxiety about death.

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Television Shows that Help Me Cope with Depression

Television Shows that Help Me Cope with Depression

Television shows can help cope with depression. During my hardest times, TV characters have shown me ways to cope with depression. Here are my top three.

I’ve found three television shows that help me cope with depression. Television can create a way to escape depression, and oddly enough, I find myself looking for characters going through circumstances similar to mine. (Binge-Watching Television While Coping with Depression may not be such a good idea, though)

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A Benefit of Going to Therapy Is Defeating Indecision

A Benefit of Going to Therapy Is Defeating Indecision

Knowing there are benefits of going to therapy doesn’t make the decision to go much easier. The decision to go to therapy can be a deeply personal one based on a number of key factors. For me, the decision was not at all easy. In fact, it took me years of knowing I probably needed to go to therapy before I actually went. In the process of realizing that I needed some talk therapy, I also realized a benefit of going to therapy was defeating indecision.

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