When you have binge eating disorder, coping after a binge or overeating can be tough. Binge eating disorder is a serious mental illness that is can be very difficult to control. Occasionally, you will slip and binge. The strongest person with the most self-control is sometimes not able to fight off the compulsion to keep eating and the inability to stop once you’ve started. You might feel a lot of different things after you’ve binged and that’s completely natural. But remember, this one lapse does not mean that you’ve lost the battle. You can cope after a binge or overeating. Keep reading »

Relationships during mental illness relapse can be critical to recovery. Many people with mental illness isolate and withdraw socially as symptoms of their disease. Though it may feel comforting to disconnect from the world and withdraw into one’s own thoughts, reaching out to loved ones is a great way to reap the benefits of your relationships during a mental illness relapse. Keep reading »

Unconditional positive regard is something that can reduce anxiety. Regarding ourselves positively and unconditionally involves, simply, treating ourselves nicely and with kind respect. When we live with anxiety (social anxiety disorder, in particular, but really any form of anxiety), we tend to magnify what we perceive to be our faults, shortcomings, and penchant for making mistakes. We also tend to focus on these and berate ourselves for them. When we stop beating ourselves up and, instead, treat ourselves with unconditional positive regard, we can actually reduce anxiety.  Keep reading »

Tired of being a people-pleaser? Want to know how to stop being a people-pleaser? Read on.

Being a people-pleaser is a sign of low self-esteem. If you’re a people-pleaser, you go out of your way to make other people happy. Your choices or actions might be based on what others think, want or expect from you. Your self-worth is probably dependent on the approval from others, and it most likely reflects your personal insecurities. It’s okay to be kind and helpful to others, but to a point. Excessive people-pleasing is unhealthy and it can worsen your self-esteem. The good news is that you can stop being a people-pleaser. Keep reading »

Phentermine is a binge eating disorder medication as it’s an appetite suppressant. It works by stimulating the part of the brain that regulates appetite. With someone that has binge eating disorder, this area of the brain could be going into overdrive and causing binges. The binge eating disorder medication, phentermine, has worked to help me control my binges and stop grazing all day. Keep reading »

Life viewed through a lens of love can lead to blissful living. As I reflect on some of life’s journey, I remember painful times during my growing up years. I accepted a truth of myself as viewed through a lens of fear and poison. At that time, I wasn’t aware my view was one from fear. I had no idea that a life viewed through the lens of love could be blissful. Keep reading »

Nearly one-third of adult Americans do not drink alcohol at all. Furthermore, another one-third of adult Americans consume less than one alcoholic drink per week. These figures from a Washington Post article astonished me; far more Americans don’t drink alcohol or very light drinkers than I had realized.  Keep reading »

Binge eating disorder can control your life — if you let it. It is a major mental illness that can lead to an entire host of problems in a person’s everyday life. There can be periods of relative calm where the problem is not at the forefront of a sufferer’s thinking every day. But there can also be days where the struggle is too much to bear and things quickly get out of control. At times binge eating disorder did control my life. Keep reading »

Mental illness can damage relationships but you can repair relationships damaged by mental illness too. When you have a mental illness it can be difficult to maintain all kinds of relationships. Symptoms of unchecked mental illness are often the very factors that cause rifts in relationships between two healthy people. But it is possible to repair a mental illness-damaged relationship. As repairing your relationship with, and feelings about, yourself takes time, so does rebuilding the trust and closeness you have with others. Keep reading »

Alcoholism in the military is a big problem. Ask any man or woman who serves in a branch of our armed forces, and they will affirm that there is a drinking culture in the military with high expectations. No matter what your position, title, or unit, it seems that most of the military lifestyle revolves around alcohol. While the military didn’t directly cause my alcoholism, the lifestyle and drinking culture of the service didn’t protect me from it either.

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