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Recovery from Eating Disorders: A New Year of Hope

Recovery from Eating Disorders: A New Year of Hope

On New Year’s Eve 2009, I was with my husband, David, at a party. I ate without too much fear and had earlier wrote that I was on my way to complete recovery from anorexia nervosa in 2010.

It wasn’t meant to be. However, I always try to live my life with hope. I vow that 2011 will be the year I recover. I also believe each one of you can make this the year you recover from your eating disorder.

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Recovery From Eating Disorders Comes From Within

Recovery From Eating Disorders Comes From Within

Angela E. Gambrel Lackey, author of Surviving ED blog, talks about her struggles with Anorexia Nervosa during 2010 and offers advice about how recovery from eating disorders comes from learning to love oneself and wanting recovery for you.

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Faking Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Faking Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Sometimes people who say they have dissociative identity disorder are faking it. But are you in any position to judge whether a loved one is faking DID or not?

Recently a reader asked how to get over the feeling that her sister is faking dissociative identity disorder. If you doubt your friend or family member’s diagnosis, I think it’s important to identify why you’re skeptical. What in particular has you questioning it? Write it down, and be specific. Now find out everything you can about each of those nagging suspicions. I’m willing to bet a healthy majority of them are based on common misconceptions about dissociative identity disorder. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re wrong. Sometimes people who say they have DID don’t have it at all. That could be because they’re pretending for some perceived gain, e.g. sympathy. But I believe the discrepancy is more likely due to misdiagnosis and genuine confusion.

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Relaxation Techniques: Anxiety Relief Breathing Exercise

Relaxation Techniques: Anxiety Relief Breathing Exercise

There are certain relaxation techniques I’ve found genuinely helpful – and have come to rely on – to deal with specific anxiety issues like:

Relaxation techniques relieve anxiety because they literally change your mind. They allow you to settle into the brain wave states that are normally only active during sleep. Basically you’re alert and fully relaxed, getting a whole heap of the benefits of sleep, without the bother.

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Dermatillomania: The Secret of Compulsive Skin Picking

Dermatillomania: The Secret of Compulsive Skin Picking

Watch our compulsive skin picking video interview with Katie Rios to see what dermatillomania is and what living with this secret compulsion is like.

Katie Rios developed acne at 11-years-old and started picking at her skin. Ten years later, Katie still struggles with what she now knows is dermatillomania (also known as excoriation disorder). An impulse control disorder marked by secrecy, compulsive skin picking holds sufferers hostage in a painful cycle of compulsion and shame. Many people with dermatillomania go to great lengths to hide their skin picking and the resulting scars, limiting their ability to get treatment and support. Severe cases can interfere with an individual’s ability to work, have relationships, or even spend much time out in public for fear of having the embarrassing secret discovered.

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Bipolar Holiday Recuperation Guide

Bipolar Holiday Recuperation Guide

Congratulations; if you’re reading this you’ve survived the holidays, or most of them anyway. You’re past the late-night wrapping sessions, the overindulgence in eggnog and the stuffing that you never like but every year are forced into eating anyway. Huzah.

But if you’re a bipolar like me, you’ve found that all that forced merriment has left you feeling hollow, tired and depressed, so it’s time to take action to get back to your pre-holiday self.

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New Year’s Resolution: Positive Thinking

Most people have the same or similar resolutions for the New Year: lose weight, save money, and, [insert your romantic objective here]. Those are all good resolutions (if you can keep them past January), but this year I’ve decided that I’m going to keep it simple, and just focus on one main objective: to think positive.

New Year’s Resolution: Positive Thinking

Most people have the same or similar resolutions for the New Year: lose weight, save money, and, [insert your romantic objective here]. Those are all good resolutions (if you can keep them past January), but this year I’ve decided that I’m going to keep it simple, and just focus on one main objective: to think positive.

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Sometimes I’m Not So Awesome

Sometimes I’m Not So Awesome

I’m still working on that post I’ve been promising–you know, the one where I address my perception of anger and blame being directed primarily at parents when it comes to psychiatric illness. I think about it often–when I’m in the shower in the morning, thinking about my own parents; when I’m checking my email, reading a comment from a reader who believes parents are the root of all evil; when I’m at home, and my adoring firstborn has just reminded me I’m not only an idiot, I’m annoying as all get-out.

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Mental Health Treatment and The High Price of Cutting Costs

Lack of funding for the mental health system is not as visible as this bus stop, but it is just as real. The consequences include a lack of talented treatment providers, difficulty accessing treatment and an overburdened prison system.

Mental Health Treatment and The High Price of Cutting Costs

I rely on public transportation, which in Indianapolis means the bus. Unfortunately, our bus system is not exactly stellar. Case in point: this bench-less bus stop next to a shopping cart corral.

The problem? Lack of funding. The result? Multiply this by several hundred and you have an idea.

Lack of funding for the mental health system is not as visible as this bus stop, but it is just as real.

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4 Common Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder

4 Common Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder

Stigma and misconceptions about dissociative identity disorder make living with it harder. Read about 4 common misconceptions at the Dissociative Living blog.

One of the problems I have with the mythology surrounding dissociative identity disorder is that it makes finding support and treatment difficult. DID is hard enough to contend with on its own without having to fight your way through fallacies and stereotypes just to get help. Some common misconceptions about dissociative identity disorder come from entertainment media. But DID itself, in the hands of those who don’t understand it, is also a source of prevailing myths about the disorder.

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