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How to Boost Body Confidence This Summer

How to Boost Body Confidence This Summer

Your body confidence can decline dramatically over the summertime. This impacts one's mental health and self-esteem. Boost body confidence with these tools.Body confidence declines dramatically during the summer. The more skin you see, the more insecure you feel. This doesn’t just affect females, or people who have struggled with eating disorders. Everyone is susceptible to lower body confidence, which can interfere with building self-esteem and feeling confident in other areas of your life.

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The Difference Between Arguments and Verbal Abuse

The Difference Between Arguments and Verbal Abuse

There is a clear distinction between arguments and verbal abuse, but it's hard to see it in the moment. Are you arguing or being verbally abused? Find out here.

There is an important difference between arguments and verbal abuse. Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t see the wood for the trees?” That’s how a verbally abusive relationship made me feel. I spent so long trying to unpick my partner’s behavior that I became blind to it, all the while thinking that if I could somehow do better, be better then the abuse would stop (Do You Abuse Yourself with Self-Blame?). I was in denial. I told myself that all couples argue. But I now know there is a clear distinction between normal relationship arguments and verbal abuse.

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Help Children Cope with Mental Health Stigma with These Tips

Help Children Cope with Mental Health Stigma with These Tips

You can help your child cope with mental health stigma with these ideas: a mental health toolbox, support, and validating their feelings. Learn more here.

As I said in the first two parts of this series, parents and guardians want to help their children through their struggles, and that includes knowing how to help children cope with mental health stigma. In the previous installments, I discussed how you can make sure you’re not inadvertently stigmatizing your child and then how to talk with your child about mental illness stigma. There are plenty more things that parents can do to help their children facing mental illness stigma but to conclude I want to touch on a few more things that can be done right now.

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3 Reasons People Die by Suicide When They’re Mentally Ill

3 Reasons People Die by Suicide When They’re Mentally Ill

There are many reasons people die by suicide when living with mental illness. These three reasons people die by suicide hit close to home for me. Take a look.There are many reasons people die by suicide when living with mental illness, but I’m going to focus on three. Suicide is an all-too-common outcome of mental illness, and most suicides have untreated mental illness as a factor. But what drives a person to the edge? What overrides the instinct for self-preservation and causes a person to end it all? I’ve attempted suicide, and these three reasons people die by suicide hit closest to home for me.

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Fostering Independence in Your Child with Mental Illness

Fostering Independence in Your Child with Mental Illness

It is difficult to foster independence when your child has a mental illness. Helicoptering isn't useful, but you must be present--in some way--all the time.The parenting questions I’ve been wrestling with recently are how much independence to allow my son with mental illness and how do I foster independence for him. Should I be a “helicopter mom” or a “free-range parent”? Sadly, I don’t have a pilot’s license, and my children aren’t livestock, so I have no idea. I can tell you, though, that the question of independence is an entirely different one for my daughter who doesn’t have a mental illness than it is for my son who does (Siblings of Children with Mental Illness). How do I foster independence in my child with mental illness?

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What You Think Is Laziness Could Actually Be Depression

What You Think Is Laziness Could Actually Be Depression

Laziness and depression can look a lot alike, but they're very different. Do you feel guilty for being lazy? Could it really be depression? Learn more here.Laziness and depression can look almost alike, but they’re very different states of being. For example, every once in awhile, you will have a lazy day. After you come home from work, you might neglect doing laundry and crawl into bed instead. Maybe you’ll turn on Netflix, have a snack, and fall asleep. It feels nice, right? We all need the rest. But what does it mean when one or two lazy days turns into a few lazy weeks? Is it laziness or depression?

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Finding Your Passion Helps Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Finding Your Passion Helps Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Finding your passion during eating disorder recovery makes life much better. Finding your passion helps you avoid your active disorder behaviors. Here's why.

I’ve learned that finding your passion is critical in eating disorder recovery. Passion is what keeps us pushing through life, through the worst and the best of days it remains a driving force. While a prisoner of my eating disorder, I lost passion for any and all things this life had to offer. I realized during my eating disorder recovery journey that passion is something we need to reconnect with to find the strength to keep persevering in wellness.

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Expressing the Experience of Bipolar – Not All Will Like It

Expressing the Experience of Bipolar – Not All Will Like It

Expressing what it's like to live with bipolar disorder isn't always appreciated. Learn about expressing the experience of bipolar disorder in public.I express the experience of having bipolar disorder in a very specific way – my way. I express the bipolar experience with my words, my language, my thoughts and my metaphors. I approach bipolar disorder the way I live it: primarily depressed with short bouts of hypomania or bipolar mixed moods. I often write politically incorrectly if I feel that expresses my bipolar experience more accurately. But one thing I have learned after doing this for many years is that not everyone likes this.

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Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

"Life with Bob" author Susan Traugh talks about her life parenting children with bipolar and other mental illness.Hello, I’m Susan Traugh, one of the authors of Life with Bob about parenting children with mental illness at HealthyPlace. I live with a husband with bipolar disorder and have three children with mental illness: two with bipolar disorder and one with generalized anxiety disorder.

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The Unpredictability of Living with Schizophrenia

The Unpredictability of Living with Schizophrenia

With schizophrenia, life is unpredictable. A good day can go bad quickly. Here's how I cope when things don't go well because of schizophrenia.Schizophrenia can make life unpredictable in that you never know what side of the bed you’re going to get up on, so to speak. With schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, you have good days and bad days. Today got off to a rocky start thanks to the unpredictability of living with schizophrenia.

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