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Two things that I find to be true when supporting family members with mental illness at any time are these – you cannot pour from an empty cup, and oftentimes just being there is the most important thing. Here is how these truths have manifested themselves in our family’s life during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to struggle with certain aspects of my depression more than I usually do, but I'm trying to cope in healthy ways. If you're also having trouble coping with your depression during this difficult time, maybe some of these ideas can help you, too.
Pursuing and surviving sobriety is no easy feat, and for women in addiction recovery, the challenge can feel even more strenuous. Addiction of any kind can touch the lives of just about everyone no matter our racial, ethnic, or religious background, however, the fight to stay sober might look different for different individuals pursuing recovery. ...
COVID-19, or coronavirus, is definitely taking a toll on my schizoaffective anxiety. I haven’t heard voices because of the stress (thankfully), but this is a case where I can’t tell myself I’m worrying about nothing, because everyone else in the world is freaking out about the same thing I am.
Anxious thoughts can be overwhelming, crushing, and exhausting. Cognitive-behavior therapy and other similar therapies teach that anxious thoughts are frequently more problematic than an actual anxiety-provoking situation. Problems do exist--we aren't making them up--but what causes us great stress and anxiety is ...
Coronavirus isolation is new, but here's the thing: the Coronavirus has made our planet its home for a while now. Although it showed up in December 2019, it is only in the month of March that we have decided to take it seriously. To contain the virus, many countries have prohibited people from leaving their homes and practice social distancing instead. This has naturally taken on a toll on the mental health of extroverts and ambiverts. And over time, it will affect introverts too (if it hasn't already). I speak from experience because I am an introvert whose depression was already worsened due to the lockdown. Let me elaborate. 
I hate to say it, but my mental health hasn't changed much since the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Despite working directly with COVID patients, lack of protective personnel equipment (PPE), and a limited supply of masks—my attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) remains intact.
It's been difficult staying positive during the coronavirus lockdown. The last week has been a whirlwind of canceled flights, just-in-time border crossings, and mandatory lockdowns. It's been stressful, to say the least. But despite the occasional frenzy, I've been able to stay positive, finding the humor in the madness.
The coronavirus triggered binge eating for me. The binges were triggered for me because the outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy directly impacted me. 
How can we prioritize eating disorder recovery in the midst of COVID-19? Social distancing is the newest buzzword of our culture, and #FlattenTheCurve is our latest hashtag as we all stumble through this unprecedented reality of the coronavirus, so I will be honest—it's an inconvenient, anxiety-inducing time to have a complicated history with food and exercise. But despite the shifts in my routine or the lack of control and normalcy, I choose to still prioritize my eating disorder recovery in the midst of COVID-19.

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Mahevash Shaikh
Aren't we all? Good luck, Vanessa. I hope these tips help you establish a routine. Having one really makes life easier, doesn't it?
Mahevash Shaikh
It's hard to focus on work with all that's going on in the world, so please don't be hard on yourself. Try to do your best and leave it at that. take care, Vanessa.
Jenny M
Yep it rings alot of bells. I have a friend who is impossible because he has comorbid disorders. One of his alters is a protector that believes he is famous and I'm not good enough for him. Imagine my confusion after his core personality told me once that I was the one! I wind up believing wholeheartedly like a stupid, then waiting around for nothing. he is aware he needs help and has been to rehab, but somehow he prefers this delusional life. I know it is more than Peter Pan syndrome when other persecutor alters come out. one is a cruel sadistic mean and paranoid drunk! I can't see what this polar opposite has to do with the shy sensitive man who is good in intimate settings, soft, relaxed loves to cook, tell stories and go for long walks together, buys me flowers and remembers my favorite chocolates. It is a beautiful nightmare!! Like going with doctor jekyll and Mr. Hyde! I suggest do not invest anymore in the relationship. Find someone your age. I know how bad you feel. At one point I believed he could get better because I wanted to believe it. I got along with jekyll famously and couldn't imagine my life without him. It's just to much for me to get jerked around like that and then watch him abuse others as well.. I have personally witnessed his behaviour causing two grown men to cry as well as his ex girlfriend. Unless he gets therapy I don't want to be next in line. It's not worth the effort!! The behaviour is immature and irresponsible and will only make you more miserable. Just run 🏃
V l
This was right on time. I was wondering why I felt stuck. That's because my primary needs are not being met..meaning my living situation has been on hold for past three years. Like you,I did a renovation on my home and contractor guy skipped out half way through. I have home equity loan to pay back and I'm trying to sell (it sold) my house and it still has problems (I literally just wrote a comment on healthy place previous read under stop being taken advantage of) and the neighborhood has changed and I dont feel comfortable being here so going to work and home is all I was doing. I sold the house and my new house is in a better neighborhood and I already have plans on entertaining and cooking. So yes, you hit the nail on the head, my primary needs are not being met and I didnt know why
V l
So this might be alittle long so here it goes. I just realized that I've been taken advantage of mainly by men and I realized this through this process of selling and buying my second home. So when I purchased my first home eight years ago, I was recommended a realtor by the mortgage broker I was using. Since I was getting my loan through the mortgage broker I trusted the realtor because it was someone she knew. I saw a house in the area that I wanted to stay in and it was $110k. Cool, went to look at it and decided to put contract on the home. The home inspector come(who I believe the realtor knew) and eight years later is where I lived. Fast forward, I decided to sell my home because the neighborhood has changed. Found a new realtor and they came to see the house and what may need to be done to update it. That realtor had a brother that did renovation work and they gave me his number. He came over and we decided what things needed to be done. I took out a home equity loan thinking on spending maybe $10-15k for the repairs. Of course as we know things happen when you start repairing. It was consistent with everyday working on the house.I trusted this contractor bevause hey, he was the realtors brother.Guess what that price doubled because there were more and more things that needed repairing.There were alot of things that the first obvious things the inspector should have caught but I pressed on. So it was taking long time for this contractor to do the work (because in my opinion he was working on to many projects at once and was not solely focused on my house). So September 2019 he came
and did the tub. I called to ask another question and left message. One message turned into four messages... unanswered. He never called back. Till this day 3/28/20 no return call and still house is/was not completed. I decided to push forward and get what I can get done. Got a new realtor whom I love and adore and she is guiding me along the way. $36k later and more repairs that needed to be completed, I put house on market and it sold in 5 days. I was so excited because I can get out of this money pit and go onto my new journey. The buyers had their inspector come and guess what more problems with the house. I still owe on my loan$87k plus have to pay back $36k from home equity and because the neighborhood has changed the house had to be put on market for less and for what homes in neighborhoods
are going for..$149900. So you do the math. I will not be making any money on this deal..oh and I have to pay their closing cost of $4k. I am crushed. No one had my back.. not even me. I trusted too much and didnt trust myself. I was going into it with my best intentions thinking they were as well when they were just thinking of themselves. So,moral to the story.. first..this house really should have been a house for an investor not a first time home buyer who wasn't looking to make repairs. With all of the money I put into house, I should have just gotten a house at 160k (in this area ) on up with everything I desired. The contractor guy, was out to make money for himself and didnt care about me plus there were some shady things that I saw him do that I should have just cut ties with him based on his integrity. I know that I am nice by nature and people tend to take it for weakness when all I wanted was for people to like me...clears throat..people pleaser. I am in therapy (not because of this but it helps) but this has been a eye opener to trust yourself and you do matter. I will be 50 on Tuesday and cant believe that these things are still happening to me (not playing victim but just realization). An expensive lesson to learn....