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What Happens When Your Dream Seems to Die?

What Happens When Your Dream Seems to Die?

In September of 2008, More Than Borderline‘s, Becky Oberg, was in a state-run psychiatric hospital. As she reflected on her life, she wondered if her journalism career was over. After all, she’d failed to find a job and had been fired from her dream job for having a dissociative episode while on the clock. It did indeed seem her career was over due to the stigma against mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder (BPD).

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Adult ADHD and Re-Learning Advice

Adult ADHD and Re-Learning Advice

Hello again, friends. This week I’m going to write about how to follow my own advice (or the advice of anyone) while simultaneously having adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In my last post, I wrote about a bunch of things and also mentioned how great it was to be on break from school and have some time off. I disagree with my last-week self. It is not fun to be on break and I’m unsure how to now structure my time. I’ve known how to do it in the past, so why do I feel like I need to re-learn it now?

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How to Take Charge of Your Bliss Breakthrough

How to Take Charge of Your Bliss Breakthrough

I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough – when they are on the very brink of success. ~ Joyce Meyer

Are you waiting for your bliss breakthrough or are you willing your bliss breakthrough (What Does Living a Blissful Life Mean?)? Have you ever looked back and thought, “I was on the brink of my breakthrough, why did I give up?” For many of us, we never know how close we are to our bliss breakthrough because we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel shining on the path to our dream. But, if you did see the light, are you ready to make significant change in your life?

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Six Writing Exercises For Stronger Self-Esteem

Self-reflection exercises such as journaling helps develop strong and healthy self-esteem. These six journal prompts can help you build a better relationship with yourself and improve self-esteem.

Six Writing Exercises For Stronger Self-Esteem

Writing exercises, such as journaling prompts, help develop strong and healthy self-esteem. These writing exercises help you reconnect with yourself.

Writing exercises help you to reflect on who you are and what you’re doing in the world. Self-reflection is the foundation to developing strong and healthy self-esteem. Without looking inward, honoring your struggles and acknowledging your strengths, it becomes difficult to grow and change. Identifying emotions and experiences that keep you blocked, or limiting beliefs that may no longer serve you perpetuates the cycle of low self-esteem and negative thinking.  Writing exercises for your journaling practice can help you gain insight into the inner workings of your mind and improve self-esteem.

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How To Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want To Be Helped

How To Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want To Be Helped

Dear Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Caregivers,

Most of the time those of us in the PTSD healing community focus on survivors. Today, I’m focusing on you (survivors, share this with the caregivers in your life!) because supporting you helps you better support your survivor.

I know the PTSD journey is tough for you. It’s hard to live and cope with, endure and anticipate PTSD symptoms, plus support someone who at times behaves in a crazy manner. You and your life can get swallowed up in the process and so it makes total sense that you want recovery to happen as quickly as possible.

The truth is, anyone struggling with symptoms of PTSD wants to heal as quickly as possible, but that’s not always an option.

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Avoiding Self-Harm While Driving

Avoiding Self-Harm While Driving

Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Not on Your Skin

Whether or not you’d like to believe it, the uncontrolled obsessiveness many have with their phone is similar to how people feel when they need to self-harm. Here’s what I mean by that analogy.

When you’re driving, distractions are everywhere. You may not realize you’re distracting yourself by making your music louder or adjusting your sunglasses in the mirror, but you are. Whenever your eyes are off of the road for a second, you are that much closer to getting in an accident.

We have seen so many deaths and injuries from texting related incidents and it’s extremely hard not to look down at your phone during a commute. Most of the time, you have no reason to look at your phone in the first place, but you are just drawn to it, automatically.

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Wedding Bell Blues and Depression

Wedding Bell Blues and Depression

I mentioned to my psychiatrist that my sister is getting married this week and my doctor reminded me that if I have mixed or depressed feelings at the wedding not to panic because this can be normal. This made me think – for those prone to depression, maybe weddings are similar to the holidays in that they can provoke the exact opposite of what you think you should be feeling. At a very “happy” event like a wedding, we can feel pressure to feel very good. And what if we don’t?

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Chronic Pain is a Big Part of My Depression

Chronic Pain is a Big Part of My Depression

I feel so uncomfortable tonight. I have several health problems that stem from having depression and their symptoms are often more debilitating than depression is on its own. Some come from the stress of having depression, others are a side-effect of my antidepressants. Overcoming my pain is complex, and it often feels like this neverending cycle of pain and pills.

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You Are a Person Struggling with Self-Harm–Not a Self-Harmer

You Are a Person Struggling with Self-Harm–Not a Self-Harmer

It is important to recognize the person struggling with self-harm and not let their difficulties overpower who they really are. They are not just self-harmers.

When self-harm is brought to the table, how do you think it feels when you call someone a cutter? Do you think the person wants to be seen as just that – a self-harmer? Why not call them a musician or a writer? An athlete or an artist? Why not recognize them as the person they really are, not the struggle?

Why do negative labels often take priority over the positive ones?

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First Week of an Inpatient Rehab Addiction Program

First Week of an Inpatient Rehab Addiction Program

The first week of an inpatient rehab addiction program can be very tough. What happens at the inpatient rehab program? Find out.

In all honesty, the first week of addiction treatment at an inpatient drug rehab center is probably not going to be pleasant. I’m not saying this to scare you, but to prepare you for what is most likely going to be a rough week.

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