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Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Melissa Renzi talks about her experience with anxiety and how treating her anxiety helped turn things around. Read more about Melissa Renzi here.I’m Melissa Renzi, and I’m excited to write for the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. While I’m a licensed social worker and yoga teacher, my greatest credential is my personal story as a sensitive soul learning to transform the anxiety I’ve experienced since early childhood. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone as we cope with anxiety. I believe there is great strength and healing in sharing vulnerability and I truly look forward to connecting with you and hearing your story.

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Why Does Verbal Abuse Happen? Part One

Why Does Verbal Abuse Happen? Part One

 

 To better understand verbally abusive relationships, we must consider two things: why some people are abusive, and why others allow that abuse to happen.

When I first realized I’d been in a verbally abusive relationship, I asked myself why me? but there was no straightforward answer to this question. The articles I read online echoed the reassurances of those close to me — that the abuse wasn’t about me, it was about my ex. “If it hadn’t been you it would’ve been somebody else,” I kept hearing, doubting if this was really the case. Years later, I still find myself wondering whether the abuse was entirely his fault or if I could have done more to prevent it.

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Introduction to Sarah Hackley, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Sarah Hackley, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Sarah Hackley, new author of "Treating Anxiety", talks about her experience with anxiety treatment and where she plans to take the blog. Take a look.I’m Sarah Hackley, and I am thrilled to join the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. Anxiety is a fickle illness. It shows up in many forms, frequently changes on us, and creates havoc in a myriad of ways, some of which are difficult for us to pinpoint–especially when our symptoms peak. Throughout my years of living with anxiety and studying, researching, and writing in the mental health field, I’ve learned how to identify the symptoms of anxiety and how to effectively manage them.

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Does Seeing Mental Illness Stories Online Annoy You?

Does Seeing Mental Illness Stories Online Annoy You?

If seeing mental illness stories online annoys you, maybe you think it's done for attention. It's not. Here's why sharing mental illness stories is important.

In today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever for people to share their mental illness stories online. Whether it’s sharing a struggle, a small victory, a big triumph, or a plea for help, stories about mental illness are aplenty. While many call those who share their mental illness stories brave and strong, there are also those who tear them down, saying they should keep the information to themselves–and offline. If sharing mental illness stories annoys you, read on.

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Reasons I Give Psychiatric Medication to My Child with DMDD

Reasons I Give Psychiatric Medication to My Child with DMDD

Deciding to give psychiatric medication to my child wasn't easy. It was a guilt-laden and stigma-heavy journey, but my son is alive, and happier, than before.Controversy surrounds a parent’s decision to give psychiatric medication to their child with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)–or any other mental illness. Few question parents who medicate children with diabetes or other potentially life-threatening conditions. Yet they will absolutely question those of us whose children have potentially life-threatening mental illnesses. Parents don’t take this decision lightly, though, and we know psychiatric medication for a child is not an easy fix.

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Negative Self-Talk Gets in the Way of Finding Help for PTSD

Negative Self-Talk Gets in the Way of Finding Help for PTSD

Negative-self talk can keep people with untreated PTSD from realizing they deserve help. Here's why negative self-talk shouldn't keep you from PTSD help.I have experienced a lot of negative self-talk around my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Before my PTSD diagnosis and therapy, my daily life was filled with stress and feelings of worthlessness. I had lived with my anxieties, depression, and dissociation for most of my life. I had no frame of reference for what life could be like without these symptoms. I had to reach a point where I was unable to do anything but sit on the couch and obsess over imagined diseases and an untimely death before I sought out a professional. Even then, I had a difficult time allowing myself to heal as if I wasn’t significant enough for help. Here are some things I wish I had known about negative self-talk and PTSD when I first began reaching out for assistance.

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Three Ways Dehydration Can Impact Your Mental Health

Three Ways Dehydration Can Impact Your Mental Health

Dehydration can impact your mental health even if you don't have a mental illness. But if you do live with mental illness, dehydration can trigger its symptoms.There are three ways dehydration can impact your mental health. It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and for a lot of us that means heat and humidity. We already know that psychiatric patients are effected by the heat, but there are also three ways dehydration can impact your mental health?

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Beauty Confidence Does Not Have to Cost a Pretty Penny

Beauty Confidence Does Not Have to Cost a Pretty Penny

Beauty confidence isn't something you buy. In fact, you can't buy it no matter how much money you spend. Learn about beauty confidence and how to build it.Many women think that the price of beauty confidence costs a lot. They think that by spending more money on makeup and clothes, they will feel better about themselves. While I agree that spending money can help and we should always take good self-care and occasionally treat ourselves, some people (myself, included) spend an unnecessary amount of money on our appearance when we could use that cash for other pleasures and necessities. Beauty confidence is so much more than how you look.

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Ways to Support Your Non-Anxious Spouse If You Have Anxiety

Ways to Support Your Non-Anxious Spouse If You Have Anxiety

How well do you support your non-anxious spouse while dealing with your anxiety disorder? If you're falling short, here are three tips to help you. Take a look.

Supporting your non-anxious spouse is important. Living with anxiety is a daily challenge for relationships, including marriage. Maneuvering through simple situations can lead to intense worry that distracts from the joy of a wonderful marriage. But like clockwork, your non-anxious spouse rises to the challenge with unwavering support. But what happens when tragedy strikes and the anxious spouse must become the rock? How can you support your spouse when you have anxiety?

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Is Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in DID Treatment Okay?

Is Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in DID Treatment Okay?

Dialectical behavior therapy is used for a variety of mental health issues, including dissociative identity disorder. But is DBT the best therapy to treat DID?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be used in dissociative identity disorder treatment. Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of therapy used in the treatment of numerous psychological disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), mood disorders, and eating disorders. The skills taught in DBT — distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness — can also be helpful for people with dissociative identity disorder (DID). But that doesn’t mean that DBT is the best choice for treating DID. As with any type of therapy, there are pros and cons.

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