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Living with the Uncertainties of Bipolar Disorder

Living with the Uncertainties of Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder creates uncertainty. You never know when depression, mania or hypomania may strike. Can you deal with the uncertainties of bipolar?Living with bipolar disorder is chock full of uncertainty. You never know when you might be well. You never know when you might be acutely depressed. You never know when mania might make you psychotic. And you never know when it might be the day when you need the hospital. If that isn’t uncertainty, I don’t know what it. And while everyone lives with uncertainty, the uncertainties that come with bipolar disorder are so very hard to live with.

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Not Working Because of Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia

Not Working Because of Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia

Not working with schizoaffective disorder makes me feel worthless. My support network reminds me neither unemployment or schizoaffective defines me. It helps.Sometimes people don’t work because of schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia. When you consider that we currently live in a political climate in which the government seems determined to slash Social Security and mental healthcare coverage, the challenges of working with a mental illness become even more alarming. I am very privileged in that even though I’m not working because of schizoaffective disorder, my support network allows me to live a normal life.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Leave Worry at the Door

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Leave Worry at the Door

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) comes with baggage that you can leave at the door. Learn to leave anxiety at your door and better manage your GAD.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a relentless experience of anxiety and worry. Worry and anxiety are part of the human experience; there’s even a type of anxiety known as existential anxiety that we feel simply because we exist. However, the anxiety and worry of GAD go far beyond ordinary anxiety. Regardless of the type of anxiety you experience, even if it’s a diagnosable disorder such as GAD, you can find peace as you learn to leave worry at the door. 

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Accomplishing SMART Goals with Bipolar Disorder

Accomplishing SMART Goals with Bipolar Disorder

Using SMART goals with bipolar disorder helps you to realize your goals while having compassion for yourself. Here's what a SMART goal for bipolar looks like.Reaching your SMART goals with bipolar disorder gives you a sense of accomplishment, a feeling like no other. Living with bipolar disorder poses challenges, but you don’t have to give up your hopes and dreams, no matter how big or small. It would benefit you to learn to be flexible, patient, and realistic with yourself. Goals aren’t reached overnight. Regardless of your goal (physical, emotional, academic, professional, or personal), it is important to set yourself up for success. Using SMART goals with bipolar helps you to do that.

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Finding Purpose Helps You Cope with Depression

Finding Purpose Helps You Cope with Depression

Finding purpose can boost your ability to cope with depression, and finding purpose isn't as difficult as you think. Learn how you can cope with a purpose.

Finding purpose to help you cope with depression is powerful in that it pushes you to do something instead of sitting still, and utilizing purpose can help you realize your worth. I often feel purposeless and self-indulgent, working towards nothing specific and, instead, moving towards unclear goals (Accomplishing SMART Goals with Bipolar Disorder). So my most recent coping endeavor is figuring out how to cope with depression through purpose

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Parent’s Guide to Identifying Eating Disorders in Your Teen

Parent’s Guide to Identifying Eating Disorders in Your Teen

Parents, see this guide to identifying eating disorders in your teen. These signs are key to Identifying the eating disorder early and saving your child.

Parents, this guide shows you how to identify eating disorders in your teen. You know that the teens are a tumultuous time and, sadly, this is also when a majority of eating disorders develop. Parents have their own lives and when an eating disorder starts it’s insidious (The Many Causes of Eating Disorders). It’s a huge secret that the teen will try to hide. By the time you realize something is wrong the eating disorder is usually established. Here are the top three signs for parents to look for as a guide to identifying eating disorders in their teen.

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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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Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

While habits are often necessary, they can be restrictive. Consider breaking a habit (even if it's not bad) in order to get out of your comfort zone.

If you do a web search of “breaking habits,” you will get over 30 million results about how to break bad habits (smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.). But recently, I came across the quote below by 20th-century theologian Henry Van Dyke, and it resonated deeply with me. It made me realize that habits, while often necessary, can be restrictive. Even if they’re not bad habits, you may want to consider breaking a habit that is not bad in order to grow a bit.

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How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

Do you need to emotionally prepare for a funeral? It's a good idea to prepare, especially if you live with depression already. Here are ideas to help.Emotionally preparing for a funeral when you have depression seems next to impossible. The days I spent preparing for my grandfather’s funeral had me sick and my stomach filled with dread (Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief). My grandfather was my buddy, teaching me tons of things from how to drive to how to bake bread and his death hit me with a wave of memories and unprocessed emotions. Preparing to attend his funeral was daunting, especially with my depression at high intensity. I’ll share a couple things I learned to better help you prepare for a funeral when depressed.

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The Experience of Childhood Mental Illness in My Son’s Words

The Experience of Childhood Mental Illness in My Son’s Words

Childhood mental illness isn't rare. My 9-year old son lives with a childhood mental illness, ADHD. See how he describes living with ADHD in this interview. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and one of the least discussed mental health topics is childhood mental illness. Twelve million children in our country have a mental illness, yet fewer than one in five get treatment (Childhood Psychiatric Disorders). So not only parents suffer from our cultural silence. Our children with mental illness suffer, too.

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