Anxiety definitely impacts binge eating disorder. Anxiety is a problem that all people face in their lives but when you have binge eating disorder, this problem can compound your issues and make dealing with your mental illness that much more difficult. The truth is, that there is no way to completely insulate yourself from ever having to deal with an anxious situation ever again. But even when anxiety impacts binge eating disorder, once you have the skills and tools that you need to cope with not only your anxiety but also your binge eating disorder, both can be manageable. Keep reading »

The stigma of mental illness psychosis remains a serious concern for our society because the stereotypes and thoughts around this topic work to silence and stigmatize the people who have these experiences. Mental illness psychosis is highly stigmatized and it is up to all people to learn the facts about it to break down the inaccurate perceptions, especially so that those having been psychotic, may feel comfortable sharing their personal experience.

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How to treat PTSD by yourself is a tough process to discover. In fact, as someone who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 25 years, I can tell you from personal experience that you won’t discover how to treat PTSD by yourself and reach 100% success. You will need the insight and training of professionals who have deep knowledge in processes that can ease the pain, soothe the memories, and release the fear. That having been said, there are many things you can do on your own to supplement the work you do with a professional, or to tide you over until you find the support you need.

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To reason with anxiety and the anxious thoughts that accompany it can seem not only ridiculous but downright impossible. Picture a toddler in the throes of a spirited temper tantrum. Said toddler is, at that moment, irrational and emotional and not quite capable of discussing the matter at hand over a cup of tea. Anxiety can be like that toddler. The difference between anxiety and a toddler, though, is that a toddler isn’t developmentally capable of reasoning. We, on the other hand, are capable of rationalizing; by default, we can reason with anxiety because it’s (temporarily) part of us. As far-fetched as it may seem, it is quite possible to reason away our anxiety and anxious thoughts.  Keep reading »

If you’re an anxious person, working at a job that’s anxiety-friendly can be a huge benefit to your life. So many people with anxiety disorders struggle with work because of the difficulty of social interaction and other job stressors. Work is anxiety-provoking for everybody to some degree, but, if you have anxiety, anxiety at work can be truly hellish. That’s why it’s important that us anxious types find jobs that take our anxiety into account. This week, we’ll explore 10 of the most anxiety-friendly jobs out there. Keep reading »

Through my years of mental illness treatment, I’ve identified three things that everyone with a mental illness should know. I was diagnosed with a mental illness the summer after my freshman year of college. I was relieved to finally know what was happening to me and felt considerably better once I started medication. But I had many questions, and few answers. And I would encounter many confusing things on my journey toward mental health, ranging from stigma to what the best course of treatment was. Along the way, I learned three things that everyone with a mental health diagnosis should know. Keep reading »

This past year I learned how to achieve bliss through the post of saying “no.” I never understood how to be truly at peace until I learned the power of saying the word “no.” This past year, I’ve learned how to say “yes” to bliss by saying “no” to the things that don’t bring me happiness. Learning the power of saying “no” has been a key component to my bliss and happiness. Keep reading »

One thing we often do is compare ourselves to others, but you need to stop comparing yourself to others to improve self-esteem. Do you base your self-worth and self-esteem on those comparisons? If so, it’s destructive to your self-esteem and you can learn to stop it. When comparing yourself to others, you might think they have it all together, and believe you should be the same. You might treat life as a competition and base your worth in comparison to what other people are good at, their looks, personalities, what they have or what they’ve achieved. You may be hard on yourself for not being like others and fail to see your own unique qualities. Here’s how to stop comparing yourself to others to improve your self-esteem.

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There are lies about psychiatric medications. Psychiatric medications are controversial due to the stigma of mental illness. I remember a college friend of mine told me she didn’t trust anything that altered the emotions, even though she admitted the medications had made a positive difference in my life. It doesn’t help that there is a lot of misinformation about psychiatric medications. Here are three lies people believe about psychiatric medications. Keep reading »

The truth about self-esteem is that it is obtainable. Many people don’t understand what self-esteem really means or feel that it’s based on how others perceive them. They have these lofty ideas that healthy or high self-esteem comes from some magic moment or impossible way of living and thinking. These ideas aren’t true and actually keep people from feeling confident or having high self-esteem. If you find yourself thinking that healthy self-esteem isn’t possible, this article on the truth of self-esteem is for you.

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