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Sibling Abuse as a Result of Childhood Mental Illness

Sibling Abuse as a Result of Childhood Mental Illness

Sibling abuse can result if one sibling has a mental illness like DMDD. Sibling abuse is often confusing for parents: When does rivalry become sibling abuse?

My family experiences sibling abuse because my son has disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). This means his emotional responses are violently out of proportion to the trigger. Worse, the trigger is often his sister. If he perceives her to get anything positive that he does not, Armageddon breaks out. I don’t know how siblings without mental illness interact. All I know is that the fighting that goes along with sibling abuse is exhausting.

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Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

My health insurance anxiety is peaking because I can no longer afford insurance. I'm terrified. I have three anxiety disorders. What am I supposed to do now?My anxiety over health insurance since my divorce 15 months ago is increasing daily. While married, I was covered as a dependent under Tricare, the military’s insurance. When I moved to Idaho and eventually divorced, I found myself in what is called the gap in Idaho’s health care coverage.1 It is a hole in Idaho’s health insurance plan where thousands of Idahoans do not have affordable access to healthcare coverage. Because my daughter is on her father’s insurance, I am not eligible for Medicaid. As it stands, I receive no tax credit for insurance because of my income bracket. Therefore, affordable rates for health insurance aren’t available to me. I need anxiety treatment, and this anxiety over health insurance is not helping.

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Celebrate Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Over the Holidays

Celebrate Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Over the Holidays

Make time to celebrate your binge eating disorder recovery along with the holidays. You deserve it! Learn more about celebrating your BED recovery here.Have you thought to celebrate your binge eating disorder recovery over the holidays? Often times we become so entrenched with stress during the holidays that we forget to celebrate what’s really important. When we get caught up in the superficial parts of the holiday season, we completely ignore what truly matters to us. Celebrating your binge eating disorder recovery, your body, and your progress is just as important as all the other good stuff this season has to offer.

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5 Ways to Feel Confident About Your New Year’s Resolutions

5 Ways to Feel Confident About Your New Year’s Resolutions

When you feel confident about your New Year's resolutions, you're likely to make them stick. These five steps will help you feel confident to meet your goals.

Do you want to feel confident about your New Year’s resolutions? Do you want to head into the new year with the motivation and drive to achieve your goals this time around? Don’t let the fear of failure interfere with your confidence, you can do this, just follow the steps below for more guidance and tools for making this year the best one yet.

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Schizoaffective Depression and Coping with SAD This Winter

Schizoaffective Depression and Coping with SAD This Winter

My schizoaffective depression is agitated into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter. Here's how I cope with having SAD and schizoaffective disorder.I experience schizoaffective depression and must also cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD means just what it says – you suffer from clinical major depression more acutely in the winter. That happens to me. But I also get extremely anxious in the summer. Here’s how I’m coping with SAD and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type.

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Confessions of a Dissociative Identity Disorder Writer

Confessions of a Dissociative Identity Disorder Writer

The struggle with dissociative identity disorder is constant, even if you're a DID writer who helps others to cope. Writing about DID doesn't mean I'm at 100%.

I have dissociative identity disorder (DID), and since I write about DID, it may seem like living and functioning with this disorder is possible. But is that the reality? Dissociative identity disorder is a complex disorder. There are dozens of symptoms for DID and no concrete cure. This disorder affects all aspects of your life. And even though I’m a DID writer who seems to have it together when it comes to my disorder, I have a confession to make.

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Lower Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts–Not Focusing on Them

Lower Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts–Not Focusing on Them

Focusing your thoughts on anything other than anxiety lowers anxiety. When our thoughts race, it's hard to think about anything else--but you can change focus.

Focusing our thoughts is a powerful way to reduce anxiety because we’re taking charge of our thoughts. A frustrating thing about anxiety is that it seems to take over. It invades our thoughts and runs wild with them. All types of anxiety involve racing thoughts, and racing thoughts are unfocused thoughts. Or perhaps they are focused, it’s just that they’re  focused on worries, fears, negative self-judgments, and traps we’re stuck in. You can calm your mind and reduce anxiety by focusing your thoughts.

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Create Routines for Depression Management that Work

Create Routines for Depression Management that Work

Routines are depression management tools that work. These examples of depression routines help me manage my symptoms and make life easier overall. Take a look.

Consistent routines for depression management work for me, so I’ve learned to make and then stick with different routines. When my home and life run smoothly, then it’s easier for my mind to stay on an even keel as well. I’ve found that the time and energy it takes to create routines for my depression and overall mental health are worth the effort required; when you maintain these routines, you will save yourself from a great deal of stress and from the dreaded overwhelming feelings of depression that can leave you unmotivated and unable to do anything. These routines help me manage depression, and maybe they can help you as well.

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A Crucial Positive Affirmation for Eating Disorder Recovery

A Crucial Positive Affirmation for Eating Disorder Recovery

Positive affirmations for eating disorder recovery can be life-saving. Learn to accept your whole self no matter what you look like with this crucial mantra.

Positive affirmations in eating disorder recovery can be life-savers. “I am more than a body,” is one of the most crucial eating disorder mantras to adopt because one of the harmful myths an eating disorder will urge you to believe is that physical appearance is all you can offer this world. But the truth is you are more than a body. Adopting positive affirmations in eating disorder recovery helps you heal, and here’s what makes this one affirmation crucial.

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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Reduces Anxiety

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Reduces Anxiety

Rational emotive behavior therapy can help correct irrational thoughts that lead to anxiety. What are your irrational thoughts? Try this REBT exercise.

I recently attended a rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) training and I began thinking more about using it to reduce my own anxiety. Rational emotive behavior therapy, the first form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), was developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. The REBT approach encourages us to dispute irrational thinking to develop healthy emotional self-regulation.

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