Pick up any magazine, surf to any pop culture website or look at any advertisement and it’s inevitable that you will see articles and photos and lists about how to have an awesome beach body.

There will be pictures of celebrities on the beach. Some photos will be laden with praise for how hot they look in their suits. Others will have body parts circled to point out imperfections (Binge Eating Disorder and Body Shaming). In a culture where no body is perfect enough and every body is up for debate, it leaves one wondering how you can have this mythical, awesome beach body. Keep reading »

It’s critical to know how not to take your bipolar hypomania irritability out on others, if that is one of your symptoms of hypomania (What’s The Difference Between Bipolar Mania and Hypomania?). I wish I was one of those people for whom hypomania is a party, but I’m not. For me, I’m highly irritable, annoyed, anxious and agitated. But I know that this is part of my bipolar disorder so I try not to take my bipolar hypomania irritability out on others. Keep reading »

There are always going to be unexpected effects from anything, but there can be some unexpected effects from gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. Whether you get it to help you deal with binge eating disorder or not, this surgery will have a huge impact on what you eat, how you eat, and many other parts of your life. Here are some of the unexpected effects from gastric sleeve surgery. Keep reading »

Many people living with panic disorder wonder, “Why am I panicking?” Panic attacks can be frightening and frustrating and emotionally and physically painful; it makes sense to want relief from and help with panic attacks. After all, the symptoms of panic disorder are awful to live with. Even worse, sometimes it can seem like there’s no reason for them, no explanation at all. When they continue to strike, seemingly out of the blue, it’s normal to bemoan, “Why am I panicking?” Believe it or not, there can be multiple hidden trauma triggers and other reasons for panic attacks.  Keep reading »

Hi, my name is Jami DeLoe and I am thrilled to be joining the HealthyPlace.com blogging community as a writer for Trauma! A PTSD Blog. I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) about four years ago, after suffering with it for well over 20 years. Read on to learn more about my journey with PTSD. Keep reading »

When it comes to emotional healing, I see more and more how important our sense of worthiness is in the process. Emotional healing can’t happen if you believe you’re worthless. I created a video about worthiness and belonging a few weeks ago, and I can’t seem to shake the importance a sense of worthiness has in emotional healing and in living a blissful life. So I decided to do a follow-up blog to include emotional healing.

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Do you know how to get ready for a therapy appointment? Therapy, like an appointment for any medical condition, is much more efficient when certain steps are taken. However, since there is still a stigma attached to therapy, people might not know what these steps are. So here are some suggestions on how to get ready for a therapy appointment. Keep reading »

There are several reasons why spending time with animals could help with depression. Animal lovers and pet owners often say that their animal companions improve their mental health, but spending time with animals could have benefits beyond contact with the animals. Animals may help with depression, and it’s a great idea to find out how it works.  Keep reading »

I have found that I have to ask for help because of bipolar. It’s not really an option not to. It’s really a requirement. And right now, it’s even more so. My father died about a week-and-a-half ago and that makes me less high-functioning than usual. And I have to ask for help, no matter how much I really don’t want to. I have to ask for help because of bipolar. Keep reading »

I recently had someone question me as to why I write about binge eating disorder when all I have in relation to binge eating disorder is personal experience. I’m not a doctor, an eating disorders expert, a binge eating disorder therapist or a sociologist. So why should anyone listen to me when I talk about binge eating disorder? I asked them, “Would you rather be in the passenger’s seat with someone who has studied driving for 12 years or someone who has been driving for 12 years?” I have binge eating disorder personal experience. Keep reading »