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I'm an overthinker. I always have been. Even minute things like what color shirt I'm going to wear or which book I want to read have caused me to waste hours of my life. My inability to reach a decision has gotten better as I've become a better planner and figured out an organizational system that makes sense for me.
When I feel anxious, I tend to be very aware of the multiple symptoms I experience, including struggles with my confidence. However, because anxiety is something I've struggled with for years, this also means that keeping my self-confidence and self-esteem up has been a struggle for me for years as well.
Since 2016, life has been hurtling unprecedented personal and professional challenges my way. I've been coping with them the best I can, mainly due to my belief in this Persian adage: this too shall pass. And towards the end of 2019, things were looking up, if only just a little. Then in 2020, the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, I had a new list of challenges to face. However, this time, I had little faith in the adage. I tried to keep going, but in January 2022, I decided to pause for perspective. It's the reason I have only one new year resolution: to cultivate better coping mechanisms.
Postpartum depression (PPD) does not just affect the individual suffering from it. It also affects the family. If you're dealing with postpartum depression, it can be easy to become so introspective that you lose perspective of those around you. By trying to understand how your loved ones are feeling, however, you can strengthen your relationships while also helping them more appropriately support you. 
One significant niche of individuals who suffer from verbal abuse is the senior community. Often abuse happens to vulnerable people, and elders are no exception. But of course, verbal abuse is just one of the many branches of this ongoing problem, making those at risk even more in danger of harm. 
Self-harm and dissociation, separately, can be scary things. Together, they can be a frightening and isolating experience, to say the least. Let's talk a little about what that's like, and how to cope.
Every day, I make a point to take at least one bath. Sometimes if I’m really stressed, I’ll take more than one.
The new year is a new beginning, which brings a special clarity as you reflect on what you want to change. It's often recommended to set concrete resolutions so you can measure how well you're doing throughout the year. This advice can be helpful, but for binge eating disorder recovery, changes are subtle and difficult to measure. In my experience, setting New Year's resolutions for my recovery and eating habits has consistently caused stress and unnecessary pressure. Of course, you can set milestone goals for going a certain number of days without binge eating. But if you are trying to start or strengthen your recovery from an eating disorder, you can't expect your recovery to be as neat as a checklist.
The phrase "new year, new you" is all over the place right now. From social media posts, to news outlets and blog articles, to conversations with friends or family, to marketing tactics from wellness brands, it often seems I can't escape this message once January rolls around. But while the concept might sound positive in theory—a chance to start fresh and reinvent oneself—the truth is, this "new year, new you" mantra doesn't work for me in eating disorder (ED) recovery. I also suspect I'm not alone in that feeling, so let's unpack it further.
I was in my late 30s when I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). As a child of the '60s born of immigrant parents who survived both the Great Depression and World War II—each of them with their own harrowing experiences—I was raised with a don't-complain-pull-up-your-bootstraps-and-get-on-with-it mentality. As such, I grew up feeling unworthy of my anxiety.

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Frank DiCola
Great to hear that you are in good place now and having a joyful life.
Paula
I'm not sure if they are different, I've been skin picking my fingers for years, to the point of making them bleed and become very sore, also knowing that when taking it to an extreme, it will cause lots of pain, hence=self-harm...
I also have OCD, can't remember which came first...
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i'm a teen and i've been dealing with depression for years. i have attachment issues and i constantly need emotional validation from my partners. i feel disconnected from my family, friends, myself, and life. i'm so stressed out and i often daydream of death and i have violent thoughts. i struggled with eating disorders, self-harm, and i've been hospitalized two times in the past year. i've been getting better (i'm now able to do chores, homework, and taking care of pets). i come here as a vent and am open to any suggestions to help me overcome this. i'm developing a lack of trust for those who were once close to me and i just feel so lost.
Phillip earle
Hello , I’m raising a teen girl 13 who continually steals food and especially chocolate and clondike bars from the fridge , Ive spoken to her explained all she has to do is ASK !!! Would I give her a stone ? I’ve sat explained , next day get up same thing stolen out of fridge I’m worried this will escalate too local stores and then be charged what do you suggest as I’ve tried everything taken pericials no tv you name it bar a dam good hiding with wooden spoon 🥄. Or buying 5 bars n making her eat them all ? Until she is sick 🤒
Linda
Complex PTSD is a serious problem. A person must learn how to handle this problem and not bury the feelings to heal.