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The Abusive Relationship And Its Fairy-Tale Beginning

The Abusive Relationship And Its Fairy-Tale Beginning

Everyone deserves a fairy-tale love! Unfortunately, soon-to-be abusive relationships begin much as fairy-tales do. How else would an abuser keep a partner?

The abusive relationship begins like many others. Two people meet, make a connection, and fall in love. Their love seems beautiful to family and friends…except for one or two things that seem, well, odd…but every relationship has problems. Right? After all, there are no fairy-tales in the real world.

For ease of writing only, the victim in our story is a princess, the abuser is a knight, and the victim’s friends are the loving animals of the forest.

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New Year Intentions: Mental Self-Care

New Year Intentions: Mental Self-Care

Each new year, I believe the universe gives us an opportunity to reflect on the year passing and to set new goals or intentions for the year ahead. The goal-oriented overachiever in me had a love/hate relationship with this time of year because no matter how great my achievements for the year, I always came away feeling like I failed in some way. As atonement, I would vow to “do more” and “be better”. At the beginning of 2012, after approximately 4 months of intensive treatment for my never ending panic and anxiety, I gave up on goal setting and instead set intentions for the new year, the most important of them being to practice better mental self-care.

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What is the “Your Mental Health Blog” About?

What is the “Your Mental Health Blog” About?

Welcome to “Your Mental Health Blog.” I’m Amanda Adams, Blog Manager at HealthyPlace.com.

The Your Mental Health Blog addresses concerns that are important to those dealing with mental health disorders. Our writers will be covering topics ranging from diagnosis and treatment issues to how to deal with mental health stigma and maintaining balance in your life. Whether you are living with a mental health condition or you are a spouse, parent, or loved one of someone who does, we’ll have mental health information that will be of interest to you.

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Mental Illness: Do Not Diagnose Yourself (pt.1)

Mental Illness: Do Not Diagnose Yourself (pt.1)

When you live with a chronic mental illness you may experience periods of relapse. Side-note: Not everyone who lives with a mental illness relapses but for those of us who do, the desire to diagnose ourselves and, in connection, attempt to treat our symptoms is tempting.

And it is exceptionally dangerous.

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Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Aiding Your Eating Disorder Recovery?

Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Aiding Your Eating Disorder Recovery?

Recovering from an eating disorder isn’t particularly easy at any time of the year, but I always find it especially difficult around the New Year. For starters, you’ve just gotten through the holidays, which are extremely stressful in and of themselves, even if you don’t have an eating disorder.

And then come New Year’s resolutions. If your eating disorder is anything like mine, it rejoices at the idea of flying under the radar and hitching a ride on everyone else’s “Get fit in 2013!” wagon.

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Open Up About Domestic Abuse…Please

Open Up About Domestic Abuse…Please

I will never say that I am grateful for having experienced abuse. I do not believe that abuse made me stronger, smarter, or braver. I did not “need” to go through the soul-threatening experience of an abusive marriage to become who I am today. If I could do it all over again with what I know now, I would have left him after our second child was born.

However, I am grateful that my experience with abuse can be used to benefit others. I am grateful that abuse did not silence me. Abuse did not take my life, and it didn’t take my soul. I am lucky and blessed.

Over the past few years, after blogging through the last year of abuse and my subsequent release from it, I’ve gained a unique perspective on abusive relationships. I feel blessed that so many people contact me about their abuse (or about their desire to stop abusing). I know heartbreaking domestic dramas play out every single day, and it is sometimes hard to remove myself from other people’s pain and stay objective and clear-headed. Sometimes I don’t detach so well and take their pain to bed with me.

Tonight will be one of those nights.

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The Best of the Breaking Bipolar Blog in 2012

The Best of the Breaking Bipolar Blog in 2012

In one year I write over 100 blog articles for Breaking Bipolar. I’m honoured to say that many people have responded to this writing and it has spawned many great conversations. Popular topics this year ranged from self-harm to passing down of bipolar to your kids to the understanding of mental illness.

Check out these popular articles you might have missed.

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Achieve Your Goals This Year With Some TLC

Achieve your goals and make resolutions stick by taking care of yourself and building confidence with these tips.

Achieve Your Goals This Year With Some TLC

Everyone’s talking about New Year resolutions, but did you know that it takes some real self-love to get yourself to change, grow, and achieve any goal, no matter what time of year? Without the underlying ground work, including confidence, taking care of yourself and TLC (tender loving care), most goals fall to the wayside and self- loathing ensues.

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Mental Healthy New Year’s Resolutions For 2013

Mental Healthy New Year’s Resolutions For 2013

Here’s a heart-felt Happy New Year to all of you in Whackadoomia and points beyond; and keep an eye out for what points beyond what’s out there because my point is usually even beyond that.

Let’s hope this brand new year, replete with pleasant promise and fearsome foreboding, is kind to us and ours, ceremoniously serving circumstances far superior to what we deserve.

Yes, it’s that tiresome time once again, when pundits, wags, and bow-tie wearing after-dinner speakers bloviate ad infinitum as they summarize by-gone events and predict what will soon come to be or not to be.

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Tricks and Tactics Of Anxiety: It Likes To Confuse Us

Tricks and Tactics Of Anxiety: It Likes To Confuse Us

Anxiety has many tricks and tactics it relies on to confuses us into submission. It always gives me a run for my money. When I have conquered one tactic, it tries something new, always keeping me confused so I am not sure which way is up. Anxiety can be very convincing! In the heat of the moment, it leaves me wondering which thoughts in my head are my skills and knowledges and which are lies Anxiety tells me to get me under its spell. Has this ever happened to you?

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