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NEDA Week 2011: It’s Time to Talk About It

NEDA Week 2011: It’s Time to Talk About It

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2011 starts this Sunday. This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”

Talking about it means dispelling the myths surrounding eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is not just an illness of upper middle-class and wealthy adolescent females. Bulimia nervosa is a deadly illness even if the person suffering from it is at a normal weight. Binge eating isn’t just eating an extra cookie or two.

Eating disorders are real illnesses that can kill.

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The Importance of Acknowledging Mental Health Progress

The Importance of Acknowledging Mental Health Progress

It may seem obvious: that one should recognize any progress made in terms of mental health recovery but if I don’t stop and look, it’s all too easy to (dis)miss; The things that have changed in terms of treating anxiety and PTSD recovery are never the things I would’ve expected when I started all this.

I also have the baggage that usually goes along with anxiety disorders: great expectations. I’ll bend over backwards trying to achieve the very things I think will help me, simultaneously imagining that they’re impossible for me.

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Lesser Crimes of Siblings Often Too Easy to Ignore

Lesser Crimes of Siblings Often Too Easy to Ignore

It has come to our attention recently that our child is kind of a brat.

I’m not talking about Bob–I’m talking about his younger brother, “Two.” It seems we pay such close attention to Bob (particularly this time of year), we’ve completely failed to notice the other little monster we’re creating.

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In Reality, My Brain Has Been Attacked By Bipolar Disorder

In Reality, My Brain Has Been Attacked By Bipolar Disorder

I’m bipolar. Now wait, before you start to tell me about how “I’m a person with bipolar disorder,” you might want to know, I don’t care. I use the English language in a non-politically correct way. Call it a quirk.

I have a new one for you: I am stalked by bipolar disorder. Kind of like an angry ex-boyfriend for whom you have a restraining order but insists on constantly scaring and tormenting you anyway.

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After Effects of Abuse Last A Long Time

After Effects of Abuse Last A Long Time

My mind would swirl around and refuse to be still during my time with him. I would start a project and then throw it aside, or begin cleaning the bathroom and then find myself folding clothes while the bathroom went unfinished. I’d decide to go to the grocery but somehow forget to go because the mess in my head distracted me and tossed me in another direction.

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Effects of Child Abuse Impact Adult Survivors

Effects of Child Abuse Impact Adult Survivors

Child abuse can impact victims throughout their entire lives. Dr. Ana Lopez discusses issues facing adult survivors of child abuse.

If you’re a child abuse survivor you’ve no doubt heard “get over it” on more than one occasion. But I hope no one ever gets over child abuse. The fact that child abuse hurts kids really ought to be enough to garner everyone’s attention. Beyond that nasty reality, there’s the fact that the effects of child abuse are often lasting, continuing to impact survivors and by extension their friends, families, and co-workers throughout their adult lives. Like it or not, child abuse impacts everyone in one way or another.

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The Importance of a Kiss

The longest recorded kiss in the world was set a couple of days ago on Valentine’s Day. The smooch clocked in at 46 hours and 24 minutes by a couple in Pattaya, Thailand, in a Kissathon contest in which they won a diamond ring and cash. This couple must really, really like each other to be joined at the lips for over a day, or they are the most competitive people I know.

The Importance of a Kiss

The longest recorded kiss in the world was set a couple of days ago on Valentine’s Day. The smooch clocked in at 46 hours and 24 minutes by a couple in Pattaya, Thailand, in a Kissathon contest in which they won a diamond ring and cash. This couple must really, really like each other to be joined at the lips for over a day, or they are the most competitive people I know.

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The Abuse of Psychiatric Detention and Its Complications

The Abuse of Psychiatric Detention and Its Complications

I’ve often said that Indiana’s mental health laws are about 50 years behind where they need to be. Even in Indianapolis, where mental health treatment is relatively cutting-edge, there are still problems, especially when it comes to involuntary hospitalization.

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Psychiatric Survivors Speak Out

Psychiatric Survivors Speak Out

david-oaksI’ve been hospitalized against my will three times. Those interventions were in my best interest. But not everyone’s experiences with forced treatment are helpful. Psychiatric survivors have experienced human rights violations in the mental health system and are speaking out about injustices that can occur when people are denied their right to choose.

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Bipolar: I’m Sorry I’m Sick

Bipolar: I’m Sorry I’m Sick

Being bipolar is a challenge for the people around me. I tell them I'm sorry for my bipolar symptoms and I'm sorry I'm bipolar. Breaking Bipolar blog.

Women are classic “I’m sorry” – ers. We’re taught to say “I’m sorry” from the time we can utter the words. We are the peacekeepers, claiming fault so no one else has to. We have to apologize for emotions because we’re “overemotional.” We have to apologize for our needs because we’re “clingy.” We’re sorry for our behavior, our significant other’s behavior and our children’s behavior. We are simply, sorry.

And most women in 2011 realize this habit is one borne of the past and is no longer relevant in our everyday world. We realize we are not “sorry” at the drop of a hat or a glass of wine spilled by a drunken significant other. We realize there is a time to be sorry and there are times not to be.

Unfortunately for me, I feel like I have to be sorry all the time, for every tear, for every thought, because if I’m not, people will leave.

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