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Getting Over the Stigma of Addiction in Recovery

Getting Over the Stigma of Addiction in Recovery

Addiction, even for those in recovery, often comes with some amount of stigma attached to it. The effects of stigma can be serious, but they can be overcome.

At times, I feel a certain stigma when I tell people that I have been to rehab for addiction to alcohol. It’s something that really bothered me in early sobriety because, even then, I saw going to rehab as a positive thing that was done to improve a person’s life. I know that when I went to rehab for alcohol abuse treatment, it was because I truly wanted to change my life and fix the mess that I was in. So, when I was met with stigma about going to rehab, it made me angry and frustrated. Since that time, I have continued to be very open about my alcoholism and my recovery, and I have learned some ways to get over the stigma of addiction.

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Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

It can be hard to respect yourself if you are insecure or afraid. These assertiveness tools will help you build self-respect and confidence.

If you don’t show yourself respect, neither will other people. How are you supposed to feel confident, assertive and develop self-esteem if you don’t show yourself some respect? Others may take advantage of you, people can be intimidating or situations you encounter may be so overwhelming it makes it hard to respect yourself. I’ve got three simple tools that can help you feel more confident communicating with others so you can show yourself respect.

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Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Specific fears and phobias can make general anxiety symptoms worse. Here are some ways you can deal with increased anxiety from specific fears or phobias. Nearly all of us with anxiety disorders have a specific fear or phobia that sends our anxiety into overdrive. For some people, it may be a fear of public speaking. For others, the specific fear or phobia may be the subway or dentist appointments. Whatever it is, the fear sends our hearts racing and this specific fear or phobia makes managing our everyday levels of anxiety that much harder.

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Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping friends when you have depression is difficult because symptoms get in the way. Keeping friends is easier when you only keep the good ones.

Keeping friends when you have depression can be difficult. Often those of us with depression exert a great deal of energy in simply accomplishing daily tasks, practicing self-care, and caring for our families. It can feel like maintaining friendships is the last thing we have time for; however, keeping friends when you have depression is an important part of learning to cope.

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When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

Schizophrenic or schizoaffective voices are a common breakthrough symptom for me. I hear voices more than I'd like, and they're bothering me now. Here's why.

Many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder experience the troubling symptom of hearing voices. I hear voices. I hear them often. It’s a breakthrough symptom even for those of us on medication. But there is one time when I experience schizophrenic/schizoaffective voices the most.

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Stay Grounded: No More Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex

Stay Grounded: No More Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex

How do you stay grounded when the Superman complex and Superwoman syndrome make anxiety soar? Super anxiety needs a super response--here are four that work.

How do you stay grounded when the superwoman syndrome or the superman complex make your anxiety soar? It’s hard to feel calm and live anxiety-free when you pressure yourself to be perfect in every way, in every situation. Living with the superwoman syndrome or a superman complex can make you feel high-strung yet utterly exhausted. It can cause multiple symptom-types of anxiety: physical, cognitive (thought-based), and emotional. If you feel you have to be Superman or Superwoman, you may find that the idea of letting go actually increases—not decreases—anxiety. That’s okay. Getting rid of this kind of anxiety is a process. Read on for tips on how to stay grounded to get rid of the superman complex or superwoman syndrome. 

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I’m Trying to Win Against Bipolar Disorder and I Hate It

I’m Trying to Win Against Bipolar Disorder and I Hate It

Trying to win against bipolar disorder is a full-time job. It's a job I hate. Learn why trying to win against bipolar disorder daily is so hard.I consider bipolar disorder to by my main enemy most of the time and I’m trying to win against my bipolar disorder. But the word “try” sucks. I hate the word “try.” Yes, I’m “trying” to win against my bipolar disorder but all this “trying” is exhausting and full of failure.

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Can Exercise Have a Place in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Can Exercise Have a Place in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Exercise in eating disorder recovery is a delicate issue. Is it possible to find health and balance in exercise without compromising your recovery?

Why wouldn’t exercise have a place in eating disorder recovery? There’s no denying that bodies are designed for movement. In fact, exercise offers health benefits that we need in order to thrive, both physically and mentally. Being active helps us manage stress, boost our moods and feel more energized. It redirects our attention off social media or smartphones, so we can be mindful of how our breathing deepens, muscles contract and bodies function. When used for balance, enjoyment and wellness, exercise is a positive lifestyle choice. But for those of us recovering from eating disorders, exercise could turn into a compulsion.

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Rethink Yoga: Reduce Anxiety with the Bee’s Breath Technique

Rethink Yoga: Reduce Anxiety with the Bee’s Breath Technique

Rethink yoga--it's not as intimidating as it may seem to reduce anxiety with yoga. This yoga technique doesn't focus on breathing or poses. Learn it here.

We need to rethink yoga. It’s no secret that yoga can effectively reduce anxiety. Yet, the irony is that many people feel intimidated or anxious about trying yoga. Today I have a way you can use yoga to reduce anxiety that anyone can practice and it really speaks to the heart of yoga. And the cool thing is it will get you breathing deeply without having to focus on your breath as you rethink yoga.

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My Life Before and After Starting Antipsychotic Medication

My Life Before and After Starting Antipsychotic Medication

Before starting antipsychotic medication I suffered from debilitating psychosis. Since starting antipsychotic medication, I've felt more in control of my life.

I started antipsychotic medication in my 20s as in my late teens and early 20s, my life was consumed by psychotic symptoms; it was isolating and scary. I suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations. I didn’t even know I was sick, but when I was eventually diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, it came as a relief. Knowing it was an illness made it less frightening, and taking medication was life-changing. I was free and ready to pursue my dreams. Here’s a look at my life before and after starting antipsychotic medication.

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