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Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Elizabeth Brico, author of "Trauma! A PTSD Blog" talks about her experience with PTSD and the role of support and community in recovery.Hi, my name is Elizabeth Brico and I’m the new author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog. You can also call me Betty if you prefer. I’ve been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost a decade. I developed it in response to domestic violence, which occurred when I was a teenager. HealthyPlace has been a long time refuge for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the various blogs and articles, especially those pertaining to PTSD. You can imagine, then, that I’m thrilled to be joining the team as one of the authors of Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Try some of these practical self-care tips on your worst mental health days. They're easy and soothing for times where you can't motivate yourself to take care.

Practical self-care tips are important not just for your mental health, but for your physical health as well, but they’re harder to do on a tough mental health day. Many popular self-care routines involve taking care of, and often pampering, the body such as taking a bath, applying a face mask, drinking a cup of tea, or working out. However, these activities aren’t always feasible for someone having a bad mental health day. Try these practical self-care tips on bad mental health days to rest and recharge.

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Three Barriers to Eating Disorder Recovery

Three Barriers to Eating Disorder Recovery

There are many barriers to eating disorder recovery, but there are three that wreak havoc. You can conquer barriers to eating disorder recovery. Here's how.There are many barriers to eating disorder recovery, but there are three that particularly wreak havoc. Recovery of any addiction requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves, take responsibility, and hold ourselves accountable. These are all things that an addict of any kind despises (How to Fight Barriers and Get to Your Safe Place). But once we can face the three barriers to eating disorder recovery that stand in our way, the road opens under our feet.

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How to Manage Frustration with Confidence

How to Manage Frustration with Confidence

You can manage frustrations with confidence by using this DBT skill to help you feel in control. DBT's IMPROVE skill helps turn your mind around. Take a look.Did you know it is possible to manage frustrations with confidence? When there is no immediate solution to a problem, say you can’t find your car keys, or you have to do something you’ve been dreading, there is a skill that helps you manage frustrations confidently. The IMPROVE Skill is a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) tool that I’ve found to be helpful for reducing daily stressors and drama that finds its way into frustrating my life.

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Three Ways to Manage Self-Harm Urges During the School Day

Three Ways to Manage Self-Harm Urges During the School Day

How do you manage self-harm urges at school? Here are three ways to deal with them and learn something about yourself, too. Take a look.

When I was first in self-harm recovery, school was one of my major triggers. Back to school anxiety always make me fear I was going to relapse. With all of the due dates, friend drama, and the pressure to do well in my classes, school was a very stressful time for me. I had a very hard time managing my self-harm urges when I was in high school, but when I started self-harm recovery in college I started to find some healthier coping skills to handle the stresses of life. In this blog post, I am going to be sharing with you three things that helped me manage my self-harm urges while in school.

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The Invisible Line Between Verbal and Physical Abuse

The Invisible Line Between Verbal and Physical Abuse

When it comes to verbal and physical abuse, can words hurt us the same as a fist? Sticks and stones . . . are broken bones worse than a broken soul?

The distinction between verbal and physical abuse is something I have questioned ever since my abusive relationship ended. My ex-partner shoved me, pushed me, kicked me and forced me out of his way when we argued. He raised his fist and made threats, but never actually hit me. Does this mean I was verbally, physically abused or both? I think the answer depends on where we, as individuals, draw the line.

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Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Family drama can impact mental illnesses like depression, changing relationships for the worse. You need family drama survival skills. Find them right here.I find survival skills for family drama and mental illness are critical. Some families are simple while others can feel messy. My family is the latter. Fighting among family feels like the norm (Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues). Dealing with family drama and mental illness at the same time can feel like too much to handle at once. I’ve had to try out some survival skills to deal with family drama when I feel it affecting my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety.

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Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnosed with depression.I’m Jennifer Smith, and I’m thrilled to be writing for Coping with Depression at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with major depression in January 2017. This came as a result of a near suicide attempt which required inpatient psychiatric care. I had struggled with depressive episodes throughout my life, but this was a much more severe event. Up until this point, I had been adept at attributing my depression to simple moodiness or just being tired. I had adopted routines and methods of hiding my depression from others, and the result s of that nearly cost me my life. I am currently on medication and in therapy, and I am learning how to cope with my depression in healthy ways rather than ignore it.

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No, My Child Does Not Have PANDAS, He Has a Mental Illness

No, My Child Does Not Have PANDAS, He Has a Mental Illness

PANDAS symptoms resemble signs of some mental illnesses. People sometimes insist my son has PANDAS, but that only stigmatizes a mentally ill child. Here's why.Well-intentioned people often suggest that my child with mental illness isn’t actually mentally ill. They insist he has an underlying medical condition. Lately, it’s pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). To those who interject these suggestions without invitation into a conversation about mental illness, know it can be more harmful than you think.

Note: I am not an “expert”, nor am I writing this in a professional capacity. I am a parent on my own journey, which is where this blog comes from.

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How to Talk About Mental Health With Loved Ones

How to Talk About Mental Health With Loved Ones

Talking about mental health, especially when mental illness is involved, can be difficult. Read for tips on how to talk about mental health and avoid stigma.

Some people aren’t sure where to start when they want to talk about mental health or illness with a loved one. Knowing how to talk about mental illness is important, but broaching the subject can be difficult for all parties involved. Whether you’re on the mental illness or mental wellness side of the equation, stress over the talk can lead to not having the conversation at all or going about it all the wrong way. Is there a good way to talk about mental health?

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