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Keeping a Healthy Perspective in Early Addiction Recovery

Keeping a Healthy Perspective in Early Addiction Recovery

Early recovery can be a difficult time for many individuals. Whether it is the rollercoaster of emotions to PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) this period can challenge even the most steadfast recovering person.

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Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues

Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues

I come from a large quirky family of addictive and codependent personalities that bred what seems like nothing but toxic relationships; relationships that ultimately did more to harm our mental, physical and emotional well-being than good (7 Basic Signs of a Toxic Relationship). I’ve never really considered us “dysfunctional” because we actually functioned quite well as long as everyone did their job and played their role. That job or role always being to pacify and enable the person with issues by protecting them from reality or the consequences of their actions. It looks a little something like this:

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Reducing Anxiety, Self-Injury Urges With Natural Supplements

Reducing Anxiety, Self-Injury Urges With Natural Supplements

In my last video blog post, I explained how and why anxiety can lead to self-injury; how many people who suffer from anxiety often engage in self-harming behaviors in order to cope with their anxiety symptoms. In this video, I focus on natural vitamins and supplements you can use to combat your anxiety, and therefore lessen your urge to self-injure when triggered by anxiety and panic.

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Three Steps You Can Take Today to Promote Mental Health Tomorrow

Three Steps You Can Take Today to Promote Mental Health Tomorrow

If you read enough of my blogs (say two or three) you probably gather that I mix in a healthy amount of sarcasm–alongside with the recovering from mental illness bit.

If you read this blog often enough it’s clear I’ve had a rough time the past few months. Honestly, it feels like years and maybe it has been, but this fall and winter hit me hard. I’m sort of back on my feet again–albeit tottering–and so this blog is less sarcastic than most. Perhaps it is even verging on positive?

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More Myths About Mental Illness

More Myths About Mental Illness

Lunar Does Not Mean Lunatic

For years I’ve heard that wild things happen when the moon is full. More violence. More chaos. More mood swings. “They” say it is because our bodies are made of so much water that the moon acting on our bodies like it does the ocean tides causes people to act wonky. What do you think?

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Remembering the Forgotten: Your Response to Dementia

Remembering the Forgotten: Your Response to Dementia

When I wrote the article ‘Eliminating the Word Schizophrenic’ I stated that schizophrenia was the most stigmatized of all the mental illnesses. Somehow, I forgot to consider dementia as the stigma that it bears runs much deeper than schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression combined.

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Are You Stronger If You’re Not On Bipolar Medications?

Are You Stronger If You’re Not On Bipolar Medications?

Last time, I wrote about the terrors of getting on new bipolar medication. Many people identified with this, including one commenter who said:

Sounds all too familiar. I’ve been drug free for several years and seriously doubt that I will ever put myself through that trial and error program again . . . at least for me, that relief is not to be found at the bottom of an orange vial with a childproof cap. I hope you find something to relieve the pain. I also hope you consider the notion that you’re likely stronger and more resourceful than you think you are.

Now, I’m not calling out this commenter for doing anything wrong. I have no problem with his comment, nor with him. However, I find this comment insulting. Not because the commenter meant it to be, but because it suggests that people who don’t take medication for bipolar disorder are “stronger and more resourceful” than those who do.

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PTSD Pendulum: Rigidity vs. Chaos

PTSD Pendulum: Rigidity vs. Chaos

After trauma and struggling with PTSD we all want two things: safety and control.

How do we get them? Sometimes by rather maladaptive coping techniques!

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Facing the Terrors of New Bipolar Medication

Facing the Terrors of New Bipolar Medication

I have been on every bipolar medication you can name and likely a few you could not. I have been on more medication combinations than I can remember. I have spent years dealing with medication side effects. There is very little medication pain that I cannot tolerate. I have taken medications that have made me feel amazingly well and bipolar medications that have made me feel intolerably ill. I’ve seen treatment miracles and treatment devastations. And still, I feel nothing but terror when I think of taking new bipolar medication.

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How Are Resentment And Mental Illness Connected?

How Are Resentment And Mental Illness Connected?

When you are diagnosed with a mental illness–chronic or not–feelings of resentment are normal. They are even healthy, in small or medium doses, depending on your frame of mind.

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