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Tips for a Healthier and Happier You

I recently went to my obstetrician for a routine check-up and got onto the dreaded scale after the holidays (never a good thing to do, in my opinion). The nurse said, “You must have had a really good Christmas.” I cringed as she told me I gained 10 lbs. I packed on10 lbs. in a month! Even though I am seven and a half months pregnant, this is definitely not a good thing. This got me worried that I’ll have another huge baby (my first one was close to 9 lbs. which is large for someone my size). So the wheels started turning in my head for ideas on how to be healthier—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Tips for a Healthier and Happier You

I recently went to my obstetrician for a routine check-up and got onto the dreaded scale after the holidays (never a good thing to do, in my opinion). The nurse said, “You must have had a really good Christmas.” I cringed as she told me I gained 10 lbs. I packed on10 lbs. in a month! Even though I am seven and a half months pregnant, this is definitely not a good thing. This got me worried that I’ll have another huge baby (my first one was close to 9 lbs. which is large for someone my size). So the wheels started turning in my head for ideas on how to be healthier—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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About Kellie Holly, Author of Verbal Abuse in Relationships Blog

About Kellie Holly, Author of Verbal Abuse in Relationships Blog

I am Kellie Jo Holly, and I participated in the cycle of verbal abuse with my soon to be ex-husband for almost 18 years. I retain the relationship with him because we have two sons together who are now teens. Leaving the marriage did not end the abuse. Stopping verbal abuse has more to do with my reaction to it than convincing him to stop!

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A Cure for Anxiety?

A Cure for Anxiety?

What would it be like not to live with anxiety?

Most days all I’ve got is a deer in headlights expression to go with the sign that says ‘wrong way, go back!’ so no, I don’t have a cure for anxiety. But I have some ideas.

I think about that John Lennon song, Imagine – in that kind of world, anxiety wouldn’t exist; Maybe it never existed. Maybe I’m not afraid.

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A Letter to the Birmingham Jail

Although our obstacles are on a smaller scale, we too know what it’s like to be stuck 100 years behind the rest of the country. We face discrimination and hostility because of a psychiatric diagnosis.

A Letter to the Birmingham Jail

Dear Dr. King:

I wonder what you’d think if you were here today. Things have improved, but there is still a long way to go.

Some of us–people of every race, religion and gender–still understand the pain and frustration you poignantly wrote about in your ‘Letter from the Birmingham Jail’. Although our obstacles are on a smaller scale, we too know what it’s like to be stuck 100 years behind the rest of the country. We face discrimination and hostility because of a psychiatric diagnosis.

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High-Functioning Bipolar Disorder

High-Functioning Bipolar Disorder

I have 'high-functioning' bipolar disorder so people think I'm not mentally ill. But the ability to function in public comes at the price of private pain.

Sometimes people don’t believe I’m particularly sick. They meet me, I look fine, I interact, I charm, I wit and all seems, if not normal, at least something reasonably normal adjacent.

And that’s fine. It’s by design. Being a high-functioning mentally ill person, I can’t really afford to run around with my hair on fire. But faking normalcy, happiness and pleasure is a tricky and very expensive bit of business.

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Tips For Partners Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Tips For Partners Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) presents unique difficulties, whether you’re the one that has it or the person who loves the one living with it. I can only imagine how frustrating, confusing, even painful it must sometimes be to have a partner with DID.

I’ve witnessed how challenging it often is for my own partner and, if some of the comments I’ve received here at Dissociative Living are in any way representative, her experience is typical. But it’s also largely ignored. Partners of people with DID don’t get that much support or encouragement, primarily because only those who’ve been there can truly understand (Caregiver Stress and Compassion Fatigue).

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Living with Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Living with Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Kellie Holly spent over 15 years in an abusive marriage. She discusses life with verbal and emotional abuse on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

It took Kellie Holly almost fifteen years to realize she was in a verbally abusive marriage, and another three to get out of it. Living with verbal and emotional abuse conditioned her to doubt her instincts, and convinced her that she was the cause of her relationship problems.

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Will You Still Be There Tomorrow? Treating Anxiety, Improving Relationships

Will You Still Be There Tomorrow? Treating Anxiety, Improving Relationships

Don’t just manage anxiety: Be there

We don’t have to break the bank to cope with anxiety but we do have to be there. For ourselves. For each other. That’s half the job done.

But isn’t a job, it’s life: A messy, complicated, nerve-wracking love affair with breathing.

I really can’t tell you how important support is in coping with that, and with mental health conditions. There are rare moments, between the devil and the deep blue sea, in which we will all experience it: Genuine validation.

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Accuracy of Drug Study Press Releases

Accuracy of Drug Study Press Releases

I’m a science gal. I practically drown in the stuff. True, I have a natural curiosity for pretty much everything, but also, I try to keep abreast of what’s happening in the research areas of mood disorders and psychopharmacology. Yes, it’s a lot of work.

I certainly don’t catch everything, but one thing I did catch a while back was this, “Study Finds No Difference In Nonsuicide Mortality Between Two Anti-Psychotic Drugs.”

Basically, neither Zyprexa nor Geodon will kill you more. But is that actually what the study showed?

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My Mental Health Warning Signs: 5 Common Red Flags

My Mental Health Warning Signs: 5 Common Red Flags

If you have Dissociative Identity Disorder, recognizing when you’re on a downward spiral may be incredibly difficult. Dissociation separates us from our thoughts, feelings, and experiences and makes maintaining awareness of our very realities a monumental challenge. My hope is that by taking stock of my mental health warning signs, I can increase my chances of noticing the next decline in functioning at its inception, rather than coming out of a dissociative fog six months in and wondering what happened to my life.

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