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Blueprint for PTSD Recovery Motion

Blueprint for PTSD Recovery Motion

“I live in such a fog!”, Ophelia said to me last week. “I can’t see my way out of it.” Boy, do I remember that feeling!

Ophelia lives overseas and we work on her PTSD recovery via Skype. She’s terrifically motivated, open to trying new approaches and honest about her healing experience.

The PTSD fog, I’ve learned, is universal. I myself waded through it for decades until is was so thick I felt its swirl around me was more real than the world in which everyone else lived.

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ADHD: Homework Horror

ADHD: Homework Horror

Homework was a touchy subject with Bob, pre-ADHD and treatment. Bob hated it and so did I. I dreaded coming home to help Bob with his homework. I knew a battle would come because Bob never wanted to do his homework. It was boring to him.

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What Is a Bipolar Routine?

What Is a Bipolar Routine?

What Is a Bipolar Routine?

I have talked many times about how important a routine is in bipolar disorder (Limitations and Rules that Keep Us Safe). There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is because bipolar disorder is considered a circadian rhythm disorder by many medical professionals. Your circadian rhythm is critical to your functioning as a human as it tells your body when to sleep and when to be awake (among other things) and trying to go against it is like swimming upstream. Assuming bipolar disorder is, indeed, a circadian rhythm disorder, we should do everything we can to work to regulate our circadian rhythms in a healthy manner. Keeping a strict bipolar routine is one major way of doing that.

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How a Video Game Gave Me My Life Back

How a Video Game Gave Me My Life Back

If there’s one thing true about psychiatric hospitals, it’s that you have a lot of down time. When I was in the state hospital system, I used this time to play Animal Crossing: Wild World on my Nintendo DS. Believe it or not, the game was a helpful therapy.

Animal Crossing: Wild World, or AC: WW for short is a video game in which you live in a rural village with a bunch of anthropomorphic animals. You go around doing tasks for these animals, making money, making friends and other various life adventures. This game taught me three skills: how to read the emotions of other people, how to set boundaries, and how to handle rejection.

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The Etiquette Of Revealing Mental Illness

The Etiquette Of Revealing Mental Illness

Mental illness is usually not visible to the naked eye, or the private eye for that matter, or even the naked private eye, although, candidly, if you’re being followed by a naked private eye he’s the one that needs to be concerned about mental illness, not you – but enough about me.

My point, which is moving across the landscape with the alacrity of a Tasmanian sloth, is this: Whackadoomians have the option of keeping their mental state a secret, a mental state secret – if you will – and if you won’t, I will, so it works out. This seems like a tremendous relief, and in many ways it is, after all this is personal information, often awkward, which we might prefer to keep to ourselves.

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Alcoholism Relapse Prevention Not Just for the Alcoholic

Alcoholism Relapse Prevention Not Just for the Alcoholic

Alcoholism relapse prevention is an important part of recovering from active using whether it is alcoholism or another type of addiction. Any person who has entered any type of drug or alcohol treatment center or twelve-step program will have at least a general idea of what this alcohol relapse prevention program looks like for them. This plan might include the activity of doing a daily inventory to keep an eye out for increased irritability or other red flags that will help them know they are at a high risk of using again. This way they can reach out for help or increase their recovery efforts before it’s too late.

Family of Alcoholic Needs Relapse Prevention Program Too

Families and loved ones of an alcoholic or addict also need a relapse prevention plan and this is one key element that is missing in many recovery programs.

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How to Help Someone with a Drug Addiction

How to Help Someone with a Drug Addiction

There may be times when a person feels powerless when trying to help someone they care about with a drug addiction.  But it is possible to make a difference.

Drug addiction affects people from all walks of life. It is, as the old saying goes, “not a respecter of persons.” Just as the ends of addiction are jails, institutions, and death, the opposite, recovery, can be a beacon of hope. But what can you do to help someone you know who is suffering from the ravages of substance abuse?

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The Connection Between Mental Illness and Self-Confidence!

The Connection Between Mental Illness and Self-Confidence!

None of us are born with self-confidence. We arrive into this world with innocence and that lasts for a little while–until we realize that life isn’t always easy. Until we grow up a little bit. Confidence is a tricky thing to define, and even more so when connected to mental illness, but it’s important so let’s give it a shot.

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The Right to Bear Arms vs. the Right to Mental Health Care

The Right to Bear Arms vs. the Right to Mental Health Care

It’s sad that it took the deaths of twenty children one month ago to open up the conversation about gun control in the US. It’s even sadder, that as the days pass from this tragedy, the national consensus is once again heading toward minimal firearm restrictions.

The second amendment right to bear arms is getting in the way of a fundamental, universal right to attend math class without fear of getting shot in the face. It also diminishes the right to have your main teenage problem be lacking a date to the prom, and not the cold-blooded murder of all of your best friends in the cafeteria.

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Choose Your Own Fairy-Tale Ending to Abuse

Choose Your Own Fairy-Tale Ending to Abuse

Part 3 in which our princess looks like a madman while our knight basks in the glory of his conquest. Will our princess escape? Does she know she's abused?

Part 1: The Abusive Relationship and Its Fairy-tale Beginning
Part 2: The Hidden Tale of Abuse

Part 3 of Our Fairy-tale:

Previously, we left our princess and her friends confused and our knight deeply satisfied with himself. This is exactly as our knight wants it to be! He overpowered the princess and made her his newest trophy. From the outside looking in, it appears that the brave knight lives a dream: beautiful wife, beautiful home, loyal servants as friends, and the ability to take on new adventures (and lovers) without so much as a sideways glance from his wife. Our knight won his battle. He retains his glorious reputation, and that is all that matters to him.

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