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The Over-Sized Emotions of Schizoaffective Disorder

The Over-Sized Emotions of Schizoaffective Disorder

Having schizoaffective disorder means that I feel over-sized emotions. This can be very hard. Here's how I cope with my schizoaffective over-sized emotions.Having schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type means that I feel over-sized emotions and I overreact to almost everything. Unfortunately, my big emotions are usually negative—anxious, sad, helpless. Here are some examples of times I experienced big emotions and overreacted. I hope it helps to share how I cope with this trait.

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There’s Never Enough Time, and That Causes Anxiety

There’s Never Enough Time, and That Causes Anxiety

The idea that there's never enough time can be suffocating. Time anxiety can cause us to worry or panic. Learn more, including a plan to reduce time anxiety.

How often do you feel pressured and rushed, anxious because there’s never enough time or because time seems to be flying by too quickly? Time and anxiety are cruel partners, getting in your head and causing worry, even panic. William Penn said it well: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” We want extra time, and when we feel it slipping, we become anxious. The notion that we’re not spending our time well can haunt us, plaguing us with guilt and causing more anxiety. Even if you’re strapped for time, read on for helpful information. 

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What Not to Say to Someone With Depression

What Not to Say to Someone With Depression

Do people often say hurtful or insensitive things to you about your depression? Share this article with them in order to help them learn what not to say.

Common Things People Say That Can Worsen Depression

Many times people make comments that are hurtful or seem insensitive to those of us with depression. Whether intentional or not, it still stings and can even lead us to a major depressive episode. There are still many misconceptions about depression, and one of the reasons I write is so that I can help people learn about and better understand depression and what it really is. One way to do this is by offering suggestions of helpful things to say to someone with depression, which I wrote about in my previous post. Another is to let people know what things they should not say to people who have depression.

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Talking About Eating Disorders: Let’s Change the Dialogue

Talking About Eating Disorders: Let’s Change the Dialogue

Talking about eating disorders without stigma is crucial to eating disorder recovery. Learn why the way we discuss eating disorders needs to change on HealthyPlace. Discover how to shift that conversation here.

The language society uses when talking about eating disorders is weird. But as survivors—or allies of survivors—with firsthand experience of the illness, we have power to change this dialogue. Within the context of mainstream culture, eating disorders and those of us impacted by them are often branded with limiting quantifiers and descriptors. These labels seem like barriers in direct opposition to eating disorder recovery, but we can either accept the status quo or initiate another conversation—one that advocates for the potential of courage, strength and healing.

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Introduction to Jonathan Berg, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Introduction to Jonathan Berg, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Jonathan Berg has experienced trouble with relationships because of mental illness. Read what Jonathan Berg has learned and how ti can help your relationships.My name is Jonathan Berg, and I am excited to be able to share my story with you and to join the Relationships and Mental Illness team here at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II when I was 14. From the start, I hid it from everyone, including my closest friends and my parents. I was afraid that people would think I was crazy. I am sad to say that this fear lasted for more than 20 years.

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How the DID Host of Our System Protected Our Lives

How the DID Host of Our System Protected Our Lives

The dissociative identity disorder host of my system protected and saved the lives of our alters. Learn what the DID host does at HealthyPlace, and discover why shielding the DID system from life stressors is important.

The dissociative identity disorder (DID) host in our system has a job similar to the host of a party. When I think of a host, I think of a man or woman attending to the needs of the party-goers, scurrying about a table of guests, flitting from room to room, checking on food and drink to make sure each guest has what he or she needs. A host may wear many hats, including a manager, entertainer, presenter, and all-around overseer to make sure the party runs smoothly.

In DID, most systems have what is also called a “host,” which in some ways is very similar to a traditional host whom might manage the surrounding environment.

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Anticipatory Anxiety–What It Is, Why You Get It, How to Cope

Anticipatory Anxiety–What It Is, Why You Get It, How to Cope

Anticipatory anxiety happens before you do something that you think will make you panicky. Learn about anticipatory anxiety at HealthyPlace--what it is, why it happens, and how to cope--before you panic over something that hasn't happened yet . . . again.

What is anticipatory anxiety? If you’re struggling with anxiety over anticipation of an upcoming situation, you’re experiencing anticipatory anxiety, and you’re not alone. Most of us face anxiety about future events at some point or another. Sometimes it’s mild and other times it may feel downright debilitating. I’ll share with you some key steps I take to cope with anticipatory anxiety. But first, let’s look at what anticipatory anxiety is.

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Coping with Psychotic Symptoms: Hallucinations

Coping with Psychotic Symptoms: Hallucinations

Coping with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations have been the scariest part of my struggle with schizoaffective disorder. Learn ways to cope at HealthyPlace today. You can get through these tough psychotic symptoms successfully. Take a look.

Coping with psychotic symptoms is very difficult. It can be terrifying and hard to cope when you lose touch with reality. My auditory and visual hallucinations have been the scariest part of my struggle with schizoaffective disorder. My hallucinations come in the form of ghosts and spirits and have caused me a great deal of anxiety over the years.

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A Mindfulness Trick for When You’re Really Depressed

A Mindfulness Trick for When You’re Really Depressed

Mindfulness tricks can seem pointless when you're really depressed. Why bother? Right? Learn how to use mindfulness even when you're depressed at HealthyPlace. Try this five-minute, three-step mindfulness practice and feel better now.Any kind of mindfulness trick can seem too difficult or pointless when you’re really depressed. During one of my worst periods of depression, I had a coach from a personal development program. He suggested I list all the places and activities that made me happy, then go do them. I became even more distraught when I realized I had exactly zero items to put on my list.

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Mental Health Stigma Causes Shame and Guilt We Don’t Deserve

Mental Health Stigma Causes Shame and Guilt We Don’t Deserve

Mental health stigma causes shame and guilt, and no mentally ill person deserves to feel that way just for having a disease. Learn how to fight back against stigma at HealthyPlace. Read this before another minute passes in undeserved guilt or shame.

Stigma can cause shame and guilt in people with mental illness. Have you ever felt guilty for having a mental illness? I definitely have. When I reveal to someone that I have depression, my heart starts to beat fast and my hands get clammy. What are they going to think? Are they going to scoff at what they consider a weakness? Are they going to cut ties with me altogether? This is one of the scariest situations someone with mental illness has to face.

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