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Blended Families and Children with Mental Illness (2 of 2)

Blended Families and Children with Mental Illness (2 of 2)

I knew the time would come when I would be hit with the old “I want to live with my dad!” routine. Every divorced or separated parent hears it, regardless of whether or not mental illness takes a seat at their dinner table. But knowing it’s coming does little to soften the inevitable blow.

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Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Leaving an abusive relationship can be the best temporary solution whether you leave the abuse mentally (ignore it) or physically (drive away).

January 22, 2010, I left my husband. When I returned the next day after a judge granted me an ex-parte order, the law arrested him and removed him from the house. They handcuffed him in front of our teenage boys. I was left with two grief-stricken and angry boys who didn’t understand what happened.

None of us understood what was happening. None of us could have foretold the future we’re living today.

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Reclaiming Your Strength During ED Recovery

Reclaiming Your Strength During ED Recovery

There are times I am strong and focused on recovery from anorexia nervosa. There are other times I feel hopeless. It is at those times I see my life as a dark and endless tunnel. I can only see anorexia in my future, and it looks like a bleak future without hope nor life.

I felt that way last week and I could not bring myself to write one word no matter how hard I tried. I was sick at heart, and my strength was totally depleted. However, after much prayer and talk with some wonderful friends, I found myself reclaiming my strength and new hope is growing within me.

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Coping with Trauma Anniversaries and Anxiety

Coping with Trauma Anniversaries and Anxiety

Dealing with trauma anniversaries, triggers and the general anxiety that goes along with them is one of the toughest parts of having an anxiety disorder.

So today I’ve got some tips to help you cope with anxiety cues, and heal post traumatic stress:

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What Do You Do About Mental Health Warning Signs in DID?

What Do You Do About Mental Health Warning Signs in DID?

What do you do about DID mental health warning signs once you notice them?I'm not sure how to respond without resorting to dissociation. What do you do?

If you have dissociative identity disorder, dissociation is your primary coping mechanism. As such, it’s both adaptive and maladaptive. It allows you to continue functioning despite overwhelming stress. But dissociation is also what prevents you from recognizing that you’ve fallen off a cliff until you hit the ground. The idea behind taking stock of mental health warning signs is to notice your free fall a little sooner. Ideally, you’d eventually have the awareness to see the edge of the cliff from a distance and avoid it altogether. 

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The Better You Listen, the More Successful You Will Be

The Better You Listen, the More Successful You Will Be

The better you listen, the more you will know. It may sound very simple and it is. Listening takes up more of your waking hours than any other activity. Of your waking hours, 70% of them are spent communicating. Writing takes up 9%, reading 16%, talking is 30% and listening is 45% of communicating hours. THE underrated business tool is good listening.

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Talking to Others About Your Mental Illness

Talking to Others About Your Mental Illness

This week one of my Twitter followers asked me for advice on communicating with her friends and family about her mental illness. She has only recently started telling people of her illness and she wasn’t sure on how to express her needs around her mental illness.

This is a great question and one I think every person with a mental illness faces. How do you tell people about your mental illness needs?

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Verbal Abuse Disguised as Love

Verbal Abuse Disguised as Love

Verbal abuse is not only name-calling and overt put-downs. It's an entire collection of labels meant to define the victim and bring him or her under control.

Verbal abuse is confusing. I sometimes blame myself for not hearing our conversations for what they were. Conversations is not the right word. A conversation is a flow of words and thoughts, back and forth, between two people – a dialogue. But my ex-husband and I didn’t have dialogues, we filled our communications with monologues in which we looked at one another, directed our sometimes screaming voices at one another, but definitely did not converse. 

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Blended Families and Children with Mental Illness (1 of 2)

Blended Families and Children with Mental Illness (1 of 2)

One of the things I have tried hardest to avoid is having a house divided. Regardless of the differences in our DNA, I wanted our family to function as one cohesive unit. But lately, despite my best efforts, one of the sheep is doing his best to separate himself from the flock. And it’s driving me nuts.

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Depression Management for a More Productive Life

Depression Management for a More Productive Life

A mental illness that saps sufferers of motivation and energy, depression notoriously impedes productivity. For many people living with depression, even basic day-to-day chores seem to take herculean effort. The inability to get things done is frustrating on its own, but even more maddening is the vicious cycle it perpetuates. You’re depressed, so you can’t accomplish much, which just depresses you further. But our guest on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show says you don’t have to always be enthusiastic and creative to be at your best. She says you can learn how to get things done when you’re depressed by using the same depression management techniques she relies on in her own life.

julie-fastHow to Get Things Done with Depression Management

No stranger to living with depression, Julie A. Fast is a critically acclaimed author, national speaker, and sought after expert in the field of bipolar disorder and depression management. She is regarded as a mental health pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder and depression using both mainstream and proven complimentary therapies. As our guest on this week’s show, Julie discusses how to:

  • mentally prepare for working while depressed
  • structure your environment to make working easier
  • work with others
  • mitigate the impact of depression on productivity

get-it-done-when-you-re-depressedThe author (with Dr. John Preston) of Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track, Julie experiences depression chronically and practices these strategies in her daily life. You can read more about Julie by visiting her blog.

Video on Depression Management

Watch our video interview with Julie live today at 4pm Eastern Standard Time by visiting the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show Homepage. Join the discussion by submitting your questions for Julie via the chat window just to the right of the live video feed.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Depression Experiences

Are you living with depression? Have you learned how to get things done in spite of depression?  We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on depression and depression management. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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