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Managing the “Holiday Hangover”

Managing the “Holiday Hangover”

You know the feeling. You’re tired–no, make that exhausted, your head hurts, your stomach hurts, and you just can’t seem to be able to get with the program. And you haven’t had a drop to drink. Then you look at the calendar and realize it’s the first week of January.

Welcome to the “Holiday Hangover.”

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Recognizing and Managing Your Anxiety

Recognizing and Managing Your Anxiety

Sun Tzu endorses engaged avoidance:

According to The Art of War author, “winning without fighting” is a key principle for managing every confrontation. And when it comes to anxiety the hardest battles are with our selves.

I’ve tried really hard to avoid my anxiety but it’s there anyway. No matter what I do, or where I go. Now, of course I still avoid it. But I do so strategically.

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Blaming Parents for Mental Illness

Blaming Parents for Mental Illness

I wanted to write a thoughtful, informed piece on parent blame as it pertains to mental illness. So I went to the Internet to research. My first search of the words “parents” and “blame” came back with a staggering number of results. It’s obvious parents get the lion’s share of blame for the mental health issues of their offspring. The question is–why?

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Aftermath of Suicide: Messages from Two Worlds

“When she feels one emotion strongly enough, she doesn’t know it’s possible to feel any other way.” That’s the mind of a suicidal person. … Someone once said “Every suicide is a double homicide.” After losing a loved one to suicide, the survivors may feel like they died, too.

Aftermath of Suicide: Messages from Two Worlds

Two days before Christmas, a woman I knew from church committed suicide. I realized on Sunday that I’m in an unusual position: I knew multiple people who died from suicide, and I have attempted it myself.

So in honor of those who’ve died and to console those left behind, I will try to explain both worlds: the world of the suicidal, and the world of the survivors.

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Alternative Treatments for Bipolar – Keep Your Doctor Informed – Video

Alternative Treatments for Bipolar – Keep Your Doctor Informed – Video

Alternative treatments for bipolar disorder, and any mental illness, abound. People will advise you to do anything from cut gluten out of your diet, to take an herbal cocktail to cleans your aura. I, myself, have seen a few alternative health care practitioners and tried a few of their treatments. And while I didn’t personally find any benefit, and I don’t find most of these treatments credible, if you are going to try a bipolar treatment outside of medicine, there is one major rule to follow.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Glossary of Terms

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Glossary of Terms

Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder depends somewhat on your grasp of the terminology, at least initially. Certainly discussing DID is easier if we’re all using the same glossary of terms. Following is a list of words and phrases I tend to use when writing about Dissociative Identity Disorder, along with my definitions for each. If you have anything to add, or if my definitions don’t quite match up with yours, I hope you’ll share in the comments section.

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Life after Suicide

Life after Suicide

barb-hildebrandcropOn Christmas day ten years ago, Barb Hildebrand became a widow. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder just one month prior, her husband Rob committed suicide. “My entire world changed in ways I could never have imagined,” she says of her life after suicide.

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Bipolar

New Year’s Resolutions for the Bipolar

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I generally find them phony, unreasonable and dead by the second week of January. I feel if you’re ready for change in your life you make change at that moment, not when a ball drop tells you to.

That being said, people insist on making New Year’s resolutions anyway. It’s a psychological and societal time of renewal and a life reset that people choose to mark with promises. So if you’re bipolar, what kind of New Year’s resolutions might be helpful?

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What’s Next? Treating Anxiety 2011

What’s Next? Treating Anxiety 2011

After I’ve done the relaxation thing, settled into the new day, or the new year (yikes! already??), sometimes I’ll feel like I’m just left hanging. Wondering, what next in some sort of weird limbo state that’s neither here nor there. Not exactly anywhere.

And seriously, what’s next? Today. Tomorrow. Next year.

Live in the moment: It’s the only one you have

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