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Mental Health First Aid Kits for Anxiety

Mental Health First Aid Kits for Anxiety

A mental health first aid kit for anxiety helps you keep anxiety under your control. Learn how to make and use a mental health first aid kit for anxiety.

Mental health first aid for anxiety or otherwise can refer to a formal educational program that trains people to identify, understand, and respond to people showing signs of mental illness. It’s also a concept that we can all use to treat our anxiety when it flares and threatens to damage us in some way (Developing a Wellness Toolbox). Taking action to keep a problem from growing and worsening is a proactive way of taking control away from anxiety and putting it back into your own hands. By learning how to create and use a mental health first aid kit for anxiety, you can be ready for anything anxiety tries to throw at you. 

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When to Reveal Mental Illness to a New Friend

When to Reveal Mental Illness to a New Friend

Knowing when to reveal your mental illness to a new friend can cause a lot of anxiety. Learn about when to reveal a mental illness to a friend here.

It is often difficult to know when to tell new friends about our mental illness, or even one that a family member suffers due to mental health stigma. Many people who face stigma are judged by others, especially when making new friends, but it can still be important to be honest about your mental illness and reveal it as soon as you are comfortable.

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Beating Insomnia in Bipolar – Apps That Really Work

Beating Insomnia in Bipolar – Apps That Really Work

Insomnia in bipolar is a huge problem but beating bipolar insomnia is possible. Try out these mobile apps to beat insomnia in bipolar disorder.Beating insomnia in bipolar disorder is a serious challenge. In the past, I have recommended sleep hygiene as the primary way of handling insomnia. And while this is very important, quite frankly, it just doesn’t work for everyone. I do it, and sometimes still don’t sleep – even with sleeping pills. So is there something better for beating insomnia in bipolar disorder? Maybe. I have discovered two mobile applications (apps) that help with sleep in new ways.

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Did Therapy for Your Dissociative Disorder Stop Working?

Did Therapy for Your Dissociative Disorder Stop Working?

Sometimes, therapy for your dissociative disorder doesn't help or stops working. Here's what to do if therapy for your dissociative disorder isn't helping.

Dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID), are treatable psychological disorders, but sometimes therapy for a dissociative disorder doesn’t work (Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Treatment Challenging). There are medications that can help with symptoms and several types of therapies that can help increase functionality, process trauma, and help you cope with dissociative symptoms. So what happens when therapy for your dissociative disorder isn’t working?

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How to Respond to Anxiety When It Says ‘You Can’t Do That!’

How to Respond to Anxiety When It Says ‘You Can’t Do That!’

How do you respond to anxiety when it says you can't do something? Do you believe anxiety? If so, here's how to respond when anxiety says "you can't do that."

When anxiety says you can’t _____ (fill in the blank with whatever it is you think you can’t do), it’s frustrating, and it can be tempting to give up. Why bother trying to move forward when anxiety is screaming at you, attempting to convince you that you can’t do something? There are important reasons we should bother moving forward despite being anxious and believing we can’t do something: We are living our lives, we have goals, passions, and purpose, and anxiety is wrong (12 Lies Anxiety Tells You). You can respond to anxiety to take away its voice. You can respond when anxiety says you can’t do something.

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Help Someone Else and You Feel Better In Spite of Bipolar

Help Someone Else and You Feel Better In Spite of Bipolar

Bipolar can make you feel bad about yourself, but you can feel better in spite of bipolar by helping others. Read more about feeling better in spite of bipolar.Sometimes we feel bad ourselves because of bipolar disorder but you can feel better about your bipolar by helping someone else. Maybe this sounds obvious as anyone can feel better when helping someone else, but I think in the case of bipolar disorder, we might get so wrapped up in what we need to be well, we forget that helping others is powerful, too. Recently, I was reminded of this as I felt better about my bipolar by helping strangers.

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Accepting Eating Disorder Recovery Lessens Your Fears

Accepting Eating Disorder Recovery Lessens Your Fears

Accepting eating disorder recovery helps lessen your fear. Not accepting eating disorder recovery makes recovery a larger, more fearsome process. See why.The benefits of accepting your eating disorder are numerous because it’s the first step to healing. The more we resist something, deny it, or make excuses, it sets up a distance. It’s like holding the eating disorder at arm’s length where it will continue to be a scary thing that’s chaotic to explore. Here are the true benefits of accepting your eating disorder.

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The Stigma of the Term ‘Commit Suicide’

The Stigma of the Term ‘Commit Suicide’

The term 'commit suicide' drips with stigma, although you might never have thought of it. The term 'commit suicide' should be replaced and here's why.

In recent years, the mental health community has been working to phase out the term “commit suicide” because of the negative connotations that are attributed to it. It really came on my radar two years ago when I attended a suicide prevention walk in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and spoke with Denise Waligora, who works with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Waligora shared with me the stigma associated with the term “commit suicide” and how it was associated with crime and sinfulness (Talk About Suicide to Erase the Shame of Talking About Suicide).

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Alternative Coping Skills for Bipolar Disorder

Alternative Coping Skills for Bipolar Disorder

Coping skills for bipolar disorder are important and learning alternative bipolar coping skills are complement traditional ones.

Alternative coping skills for bipolar disorder can be important thanks to the fact that living with bipolar disorder can feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Dramatic and erratic shifts in mood, energy levels, and your ability to function on a daily basis are affected. These mood fluctuations can wreak havoc throughout your personal and professional life. Learning to cope with intense emotions and changes with alternative coping skills for bipolar can help you feel more in control of your mental health.

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Bipolar Depression – I Don’t Want Anything

Bipolar Depression – I Don’t Want Anything

Not wanting anything in bipolar depression is very hard and hard to identify with, Watch this video to see what it's like to not even want to see your friends.It’s hard for non-bipolar people to identify with this, but when I have bipolar depression, I don’t want anything. It doesn’t matter what it is, it doesn’t matter how I used to feel about it, it doesn’t matter how good an idea it seems, I just don’t want it with bipolar depression, and that’s it.

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  • Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
    Hi Grant, Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate knowing that this was a little helpful (or at least som...Anxiety and Overthinking Everything
  • Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
    Hi Sofia, I'll start with something important: No, what you described does not sound stupid! Your feelings aren't ...Anxiety and Overthinking Everything
  • Grant Robertson
    Hi, I've suffered from PTSD turned into Agoraphobia for almost 10 years. Thank you for writing this, it helps a li...Anxiety and Overthinking Everything

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