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What’s a Normal Sex Life with Bipolar?

What’s a Normal Sex Life with Bipolar?

I get asked about the sex life of the bipolar on a regular basis. People want to know what’s “normal” or can they have that mythical “normal” sex life. Some of these people are partners of people with bipolar and others are the people with bipolar themselves. It seems we’re all a bit mystified as to how this mental illness affects our sex lives.

Well, I can’t say what is normal for you, but I can tell you what I know about bipolar and sex.

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Isolation and Mental Illness Recovery

Isolation and Mental Illness Recovery

Isolation and mental illness go hand in hand. They sort of breathe the same air–stifling and hot and when we live with a mental illness, sometimes we just want to be alone (Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness). After all, if we are alone our pain is hidden. Our pain is hidden but exemplified by our silence. Isolating ourselves makes recovering from mental illness more difficult. Let’s explore why.

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Making Goals For Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Making Goals For Your Eating Disorder Recovery

One of the things any good therapist or dietitian will ask you when you seek treatment for your eating disorder is, “What goals do you have for our time together?”

I’ve done the treatment rodeo enough times to know that this question is coming, but I still stumble over words and fumble trying to find the “right” answer to this age-old question. To be clear, there is no “right” answer – only you can decide what things you are ready to tackle in your recovery. However, when you determine what those things are, there is a way to make effective goals that will further your recovery.

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Don’t Let the Media Make You Insecure

Media awareness and adverting tactics can contribute to healthy body image and self-esteem. Learn how to stop the media from making you insecure.

Don’t Let the Media Make You Insecure

In my post last week, Insecurity: is the Media to Blame?, I discussed how the media can contribute to low self-esteem, even when we are not conscious of it. Study after study has shown that when we see perfected, altered images, it leads to anxiety and low self-esteem. It can even play a role in many mental health disorders, as it sets up an unrealistic ideal and creates feelings of ‘I’m not good enough.’

A client of mine has now sworn off fitness and fashion magazines, noting “I feel worse about myself after I read them.” She’s not alone. In a poll done by People Magazine, 80 percent of women feel worse about themselves after flipping through popular fitness and fashion magazines. It’s not just women, men too have been shown to have the same response.

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A Little Hope Can Go A Long Way

A Little Hope Can Go A Long Way

A little hope can go a long way. In my parenting journey with Bob, there were many times when I lost hope. On days when all I wanted to do was cry – cry for Bob who was brilliant, but couldn’t focus long enough to complete a test; cry because it took him three to four hours a day to complete homework. Or cry simply because I was his mother and felt helpless.

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Brain Change and PTSD: Proof Recovery is Possible

Brain Change and PTSD: Proof Recovery is Possible

Trauma impacts the brain, makes changes in the brain, that lead to development of PTSD. Can new positive experiences change then brain? Find out.

In regard to PTSD, I’ve heard so many times – from both survivors and clinicians – once you’re broken you can’t be fixed (Three Ways Trauma Affects Your Brain). Really? I find that hard to believe.

And now, there’s proof that’s all a bunch of baloney.

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Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

A few weeks ago, I invited people to write a goodbye letter to fear using my own letter as an example.

At the end I challenged readers:

Write a goodbye letter to fear.

Start with, “Dear Fear,” and let ‘em have it. Name your fears, tell what you have sacrificed, name its tricks and tactics, list your skills and knowledges, tell it what you’d rather do with your life if it no longer held you back. And then hang it in a place where you can see it, so you can read it everyday until the fear is gone.

Readers, what would you like to say? Dear Fear…..

Here are some of the responses. Watch me read a powerful goodbye letter to fear in this video.

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If Mental Illnesses Had To Recruit

If Mental Illnesses Had To Recruit

I am happy to be associated with the Stand Up For Mental Health campaign that HealthyPlace has launched; and I am very proud of all those brave individuals who have helped stamp out stigma by going public with the details of their mental health challenges.

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Does Substance Use Make Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms Worse?

Does Substance Use Make Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms Worse?

My outside HealthyPlace.com life sometimes requires that I read medical studies. Recently, I stumbled across a University of Mississippi Medical Center study on substance use and borderline personality disorder. Basically, the study asked if substance use disorders make borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms worse?

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Causes of Horrific Violence

Causes of Horrific Violence

There is a scene in No Country for Old Men in which an old man, a wizened retired law man, is reflecting on the troubles facing the world in which he lives. Lamenting these intractable and persistent problems, he says “This country is hard on people.” A more concise and prescient epidemiological statement could scarcely be made.

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