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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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Ending Verbal Abuse: Five Steps to Take

Ending Verbal Abuse: Five Steps to Take

Ending verbal abuse isn't easy. Verbal abuse leads to long-term emotional damage, but how do we end the cycle? Here are five ideas on ending verbal abuse.

So, you’ve spotted the signs of verbal abuse in your relationship and you want to end the verbal abuse. You know that blaming, shaming, threatening and name-calling does not equate to a happy or healthy partnership. You realize that maybe — just maybe — you deserve better. So how do you make it stop? Is ending verbal abuse possible?

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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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How to Respond to Mental Health Stigma If You’re Frustrated

How to Respond to Mental Health Stigma If You’re Frustrated

Sometimes mental health stigma makes us frustrated and we want to go off on the person spewing it. Don't. Instead, respond to mental health stigma like this.

Although I understand the huge amount of frustration that comes from responding to mental health stigma, I also feel that there are two ways to handle irritation. One way is getting mad, worked up, and starting to sling names, threats, and sarcasm around like there’s no tomorrow. The other is to approach these stigmatizers with a level head and facts, and knowing when to disengage. In the world of the Internet, it’s pretty easy to go about the former, but in this blog, I’m going to explain why I think the latter is a much more effective way to respond to mental health stigma.

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How We Change the World for Our Children with Mental Illness

How We Change the World for Our Children with Mental Illness

As parents, we have the power to change the world for our children with mental illness. But changing the world doesn't have to be difficult. Try these ideas.A lot of energy goes into changing the world for our children, and that’s before childhood mental illness joins our parenting struggles. If it’s been a rough day for my son, in terms of his disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) especially, I have barely enough energy to make dinner, let alone “change the world.” Making change for our children is important to me, though. After dealing with childhood mental illness the last few years, I’ve realized that, sometimes, the world around my son needs more of a “cure” than he does.

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Gratefulness as a Binge Eating Recovery Tool

Gratefulness as a Binge Eating Recovery Tool

Using gratitude during binge eating recovery helps you to deal with difficult emotions. How do you use gratitude in binge eating recovery? Use these tips.

Why would we use gratefulness as a binge eating recovery tool? Why is gratitude important to eating disorder recovery? Well, sometimes as humans we become so bogged down in all the negative of this world. We focus on what’s wrong, what needs to be fixed, and how much better life could be. What would happen if we refocused our mind on all the things that were going right? All those things we find beautiful in the everyday. There is always something to find joy in even when we seem to be surrounded by the darkest of moments. Gratefulness is important to binge eating disorder recovery because it helps us find joy, and in joy we’re strong.

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Watching My Weight On a Schizophrenia Medication

Watching My Weight On a Schizophrenia Medication

I'm watching my weight while on a schizophrenia medication that causes severe weight gain. Here's how my weight loss is going, despite being on this medication.I’ve written recently about how I’m trying to lose weight while on a schizophrenia medication that causes weight gain. Now here’s an update. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on an atypical antipsychotic medication for my schizoaffective disorder that causes severe weight gain: yes, severe. At times my natural weight has almost doubled on this schizophrenia medication.

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How To Sit Through a Panic Attack When You Can’t Leave

How To Sit Through a Panic Attack When You Can’t Leave

Anxiety and panic attacks strike in situations where you can't leave. Here, learn four ways to sit through a panic attack when you can't leave the situation.

Sitting through a panic attack without being able to escape is a thought that can inspire a new anxiety attack. Panic attacks can strike seemingly out of the blue, and anxiety attacks hit in response to escalating stress and worry. They often happen at terrible times, times and places when we’re around other people and in situations that we can’t easily escape (which of course makes sense, as these are anxiety-provoking situations). Keep reading to learn four ways to sit through a panic attack when you can’t leave. 

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7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

You can use nature to treat anxiety simply and quickly. In fact, using nature to treat anxiety works to reduce anxiety and boost mental health. Here's how.

Did you know that you can use nature to treat anxiety? But what if you can’t get to a beach or national forest? Don’t worry, anxiety relief is closer than you think–it can be right in your backyard. Find out how the outdoors can soothe and how you can use nature to treat anxiety daily.

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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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