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Thoughts on Suicide and Selfishness from One Who Attempted

Thoughts on Suicide and Selfishness from One Who Attempted

Many people believe that suicide attempts and death due to suicides are acts of selfishness. I tried to die, and didn't think I was selfish at the time.

Is suicide an act of selfishness? Many people see that to be true while the one planning suicide thinks otherwise. Those who are suicidal do not believe they are attempting to die out of selfishness. They believe that their death will help the world around them and help free themselves of the difficulties in their life. I know this because I’ve been there.

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Government Aid, Stigma, and Mental Illness Treatment

Government Aid, Stigma, and Mental Illness Treatment

If you haven’t seen Kristen Bell’s take on a minimum wage versus a living wage, you need to. But regardless of where you stand on the issue, there’s a side that isn’t being told–life below the poverty line while on Social Security Disability. Did you know that a person with the maximum disability benefits receives less than a full-time minimum wage earner? Or that 80% of mental health consumers are unemployed?

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Reframing Food Consumption in Eating Disorder Recovery

Reframing Food Consumption in Eating Disorder Recovery

Raised in a mixed French and Irish household, the stove was the center of my childhood. I guess that made me predestined to be a foodie who now enjoys food, wine, cooking and baking. As I made my way through eating disorder recovery, I also found myself taking comfort in learning how to prepare most of the foods I grew up with, but used to deny myself for many years. Often, people who meet me now are a bit perplexed about how I can balance a passion for food, knowing that I struggled with an eating disorder for a number of years. I thought I’d share a little bit of how this “works.”

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Self-Harm Scars Can Trick People Who Don’t Understand

Self-Harm Scars Can Trick People Who Don’t Understand

Self-harm scars can make people assume that the person with the scars is currently self-harming. That may not be the case. How can you react to self-harm scars?

Self-harm scars can terrify people who don’t understand self-injury. Self-harm scars can cause a million thoughts to run through their brains. Judgments and assumptions are some of those thoughts, and for some who aren’t knowledgeable on self-injury, they may see self-harm scars and instantly believe that the person suffers currently. But that is not always the case.

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Unlock the Secret to Love and Happiness

Unlock the Secret to Love and Happiness

Mastering love and happiness is life’s greatest legacy to human race. Unless we uncover the secret to love and happiness, success is nothing but just an objective desire and achievement. ~ Unknown

Meaning of Love and Happiness

What is love? What is happiness? Have you ever said to yourself or others, “I just want find love and be happy?”

My closest family members, best friends and I say, “I love you” to each other from time to time. But, what does love really mean? I occasionally ask my friends, “Are you happy?” and they tend to say, “yes.” Yet, what does happiness really mean?

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The Facts on Depression in Teen Girls and Self-Esteem

Is your daughter depressed? Learn the facts on the frequency of Depression in teen girls and how self-esteem plays a significant role.

The Facts on Depression in Teen Girls and Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem in teenage girls isn’t just a phase, it can be a sign of depression. You can blame hormones, blame the media, blame whatever you want but don’t ignore the signs and causes of teenage depression. So many professionals and parents still don’t have the mental health awareness to see that teen depression is a big deal, especially in girls. The more people brush it off as “just part of being a teenage girl” or say, “she’s just insecure,” the more dangerous it becomes.

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Slow Anxiety and Racing Thoughts With This Meditation

Slow Anxiety and Racing Thoughts With This Meditation

Anxiety causes thoughts to race through our minds. Tuning into the senses helps pull us away from racing anxious thoughts and into the outer world.

Anxiety brings with it a seemingly endless list of struggles and frustrations. A very common frustration and, for me, incredibly bothersome is anxiety’s loud, unrelenting hyperactivity. The feeling of hyperactivity is sometimes related to anxiety’s racing thoughts.

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Depression and Food Cravings: What Are You Feeding?

Depression and Food Cravings: What Are You Feeding?

This past week, I was struck by how much of a role food cravings play in the dance of my moods. When tired, stressed or feeling low, I consistently found myself reaching for sweets to get through. Cookies, cake, or pudding: it didn’t matter, so long as carbohydrates were involved. I didn’t want to keep eating in such an unhealthy way. Yet despite my best intentions, I returned again and again to the very foods I had forsworn just hours earlier. Then I would get frustrated and beat myself up for breaking my promise. After sinking to polishing off a dinner of pretzels and double chocolate chip cookies one night, I tried to sit in awareness of my chaotic, depression feelings. The question came to mind: What are you feeding?

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I’m Mentally Ill and I Am Not Ashamed

I’m Mentally Ill and I Am Not Ashamed

Stigma can frighten the mentally ill and can make us feel shame. We've no reason to be ashamed and should be proud of ourselves for meeting our challenges.

Sometimes I feel strange and different from healthy people. Perhaps we internalize stigma because we feel a deep sense of shame. We’re offbeat, eccentric, weird and ashamed.

Shame makes me want to hide the real me. I don’t want others to see the real me, the one who is embarrassed to be thought of as mentally ill. I don’t want HealthyPlace readers to know it either because I’m afraid they might stigmatize me the other way, perhaps get angry with me because I still sometimes succumb to the disconcerting voice of stigma.

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Your Social Life and Mental Illness Stigma

Your Social Life and Mental Illness Stigma

Looking back on my younger years, my early 20s to be exact, I recall life being so different. My most significant worries were breaking up with, yet again, another boyfriend, choosing which nightclub to frequent with my girlfriends for the weekend, and what bikini I was going to wear to the beach for the approaching summer season. There were barely any worries as I was an avid social butterfly, and made new friends everywhere I went, and most especially I never had a problem being social.

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