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Everyone has habits. Some of them are healthy habits such as drinking enough water throughout the day. Other habits are unhealthy such as drinking excessively every night. Lately, I am finding that some of my past behaviors and thought patterns have contributed to some of my unhealthy habits today. To learn more about my discoveries and experiences with habits, continue reading this blog post.
In the pursuit of nurturing self-esteem, my journey spans nearly two decades of mindfulness meditation practice. The profound influence of this practice has allowed me to comprehend the potency residing within my own mind, transforming it from a tumultuous sea of thoughts into a serene sanctuary that nurtures my self-esteem. 
As I recover from my mental illness, I still feel an overwhelming, heavy feeling that I am behind everyone else in life. I spent so much time asking myself what I had done wrong when I really should have been asking myself "Why do I feel this way?" Comparing myself to others was a dangerous, harmful game, and at the end of the day, I was the only one keeping score.
As someone who has struggled with gambling addiction for a long time, I understand firsthand the challenges of preventing the relapse of gambling addiction. One moment, you feel like you are finally gaining back control, and the next, there is this overwhelming urge to gamble. In this article, I'll be sharing my experience with preventing a gambling addiction relapse, as well as proactive strategies to sustain long-term recovery.
Believe it or not, a mundane trip to the grocery store helped me learn to enjoy food again. The year was 2019. I had recently moved across the United States from Florida to Arizona. And in my new zip code, there was a Trader Joe's on almost every corner. I am aware that makes me come across as a basic Millennial stereotype (which I own, for the record), but living near Trader Joe's has proven to be a crucial milestone in my eating disorder recovery. Here's how this grocery store helped me learn to enjoy food again—and to eat what I love without shame.
For some people, an all-or-nothing mentality can be one of the possible results of verbal abuse. However, it isn't just verbally abusive actions that can cause this. Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are also commonly linked to an all-or-nothing mentality.
Forced gratitude happens thanks to the fact that gratitude is trendy -- it's been in for a couple of years now. And whenever something becomes popular, many of us jump on the bandwagon. Of course, it may be that practicing gratitude benefits your mental health. But what if your gratitude isn't genuine but forced? Can it then backfire and harm your mental health? Let's take a look. 
Code-switching in borderline personality disorder (BPD) is something I've been trying to understand lately. I know so far that it's a survival strategy I've clung to in a reality where the threat of rejection casts its shadow over everything.
I am an introvert who is coping with depression. Being introverted is a personality trait where I thrive on independence and recharge mentally when alone. I can also become emotionally drained when I'm in social settings, including at work. So, how am I, as an introvert, supposed to reach out for help and not become entirely isolated when I'm experiencing an episode of depression? Even though it has been difficult, within the last year, I have come up with some ways of coping with my depression that do not emotionally drain me but allow me not to become isolated.
Twenty years after being sexually assaulted, my childhood trauma made me sick. At the age of 24, I learned — the hard way — that if you ignore your emotions for too long, they will find other ways to get your attention, and even childhood trauma can make you sick.

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Tom
I’m going through this right now. My ex has cut off all contact.

She has untreated bipolar.

We met middle of October. It was very long distance. She was 3 hours away. We were seeing each other for two months until Dec 18th when she suddenly broke it off. I think she went on a date with another guy the night before. I’m pretty sure that’s why she broke it off.

But I stayed in contact for about three weeks texting a couple of times a day. Asking her to come back.

Then suddenly early in January she agreed to come back to me.

Things were brilliant for about four weeks. She came back saying she was all in, that all she was asking for was honesty and openness. That we communicate with each other about how we are feeling.

Then early in February I noticed a drop off in energy from her.

I kept going….but then she started buying concert tickets with friends/family and not inviting me. She started saying how busy she was and time to meet would be very limited.

On Feb 12 I got it into my head to see if she was on Tinder. So I set up a profile, literally not expecting to find her, and there she was. You can understand how that made me feel.

So I asked her if we were a thing. And she snapped. Attacked me. Told me we’d been through this and that I was being insensitive. She started saying she didn’t think this was for her. Threatening to end it because I asked her if we were boyfriend and girlfriend. She was very nasty to me.

When she said that I showed her the screenshot of her profile. She backed off a little but was very defensive and distant. She never apologised and still hasn’t.


After that she pulled right back. I was supposed to visit her for Valentine’s Day but she broke up with me in a text that day.

She blamed me for the argument. She said it was my fault. She has taken literally no responsibility for any of her words or actions. I was to blame. I was causing pressure and she needed to cut me out.

Since then I’ve tried to talk to her. To reason with her. Tried to reassure her that I’m there but she’s stonewalled me and blocked me on all messengers.

She has been very nasty, hurtful. When we got back together she was warm, affectionate, kind and loving. That person is now gone.

And she is gone. I think there’s a new guy already.

Can anybody explain?

Do you think her untreated bipolar is to blame for the in-out breakup, impulsiveness and instability?
Jerm
I am 14 and started sometime around the middle of 2023, I was sad due to misssing my friend who was in the psych ward at the time and I have continued periodically from then. Part of the reason I continue is a little embarrassing but I enjoy the taste of blood and frequently I cut just to taste it again. It resulted in lighter scars that cover most of my left arm, and a couple large ones on my leg. I have come to peace with them and I have become quite used to them. To me they represent healing and I’m proud of them and most times I am proud of them, Though I still do hide any that are fresh until they heal
Kelly
The thing that always bothered me about this study is - what if you only WANT one marshmallow? What if you always only eat small amounts? What if you have a small stomach and you know that two marshmallows will upset it? If you don’t WANT the second marshmallow, why wait? So the kid who eats the marshmallow is labeled as someone who doesn’t have restraint - when they actually have restraint every day.
I was a one piece of candy kid. And I hated marshmallows. So they’re also assuming ALL kids like marshmallows. I wouldn’t have eaten it, would have been praised, and then would have been given two marshmallows. And did they just send the kids on their way? If they had followed ME out, they would have seen me dump both in the garbage. But would that have made it into the study? No.
And people still quote this stupid study. Thank you for pointing out the flaws.
Nez
I am here due to same problem, Ive drunk a whole bottle of champagne as a lemonade not the first time, and phoned a guy that was at work st that time, it started sweet and then I just can’t get over how stupid I was what I was saying to him. He cut me off. Don’t blame him Id do same thing if I were him, I feel like an idiot, honestly I really liked him and it was mutual, but sure not any more. I don’t know if I should call him apologise admitting Ive got a problem, he knows that now anyway don’t think itd change anything, or just leave it. Feeling like blocking him too. Im overthinking this too much. Im feeling so embarrassed. I know this feeling will subside and I am not touching alcohol anymore. I hope. I can’t remember if I ever had made such a fool of myself..
John
I had read voraciously since a child due to not having a tv in the home. Nothing to do with trauma. I would rather read than watch tv even as an adult.