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Tailoring Therapy for Your Needs in Eating Disorder Recovery

Tailoring Therapy for Your Needs in Eating Disorder Recovery

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll remember that my eating disorder recovery started a little over 6 years ago when I found myself in the hospital, facing the physical consequences of binging and purging since I suffered from bulimia for most of my life as a young adult.

What I haven’t  focused on in previous posts, was that at the time I decided to get better, I didn’t have the resources to see a therapist, nor was our public health system available to help as I would have liked. So, not unlike many others facing an illness with a lack of adequate resources or treatment options, I did what I could on my own at first to pick myself up from rock bottom.

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Self-Harm and a Song About Embracing Who You Are

Self-Harm and a Song About Embracing Who You Are

It’s hard, especially for teenage girls, to stop for a moment and not care about what others may think and say about them. Girls can be cruel and those who are the cruelest and have difficulties accepting who they are feel the need to take it out on others. For teenagers struggling with self-harm, a dirty look or quiet snicker can lead to leaving class, going to the bathroom and cutting until class ends.

I know this because that’s exactly how I dealt with those issues during my teens.

It took years to finally get to a place where I could look in the mirror and feel okay about the person starting back at me. I still struggle with my confidence, and most people do, but compared to the struggles of my past – I have proudly come so far. However, sometimes we need something to remind us of our strength and our beauty and music can be the source of strength needed.

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About Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

About Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

On Parenting a Child with a Mental Illness

Hello, my name is Christina Halli. I am excited to join HealthyPlace writing Life with Bob. I can tell you parenting a child with mental illness is tough, one of the hardest things I have done.

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Adult ADHD and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Adult ADHD and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Adult ADHD, School and the ADA

First off, let me say that I am not an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I only know how my own story and how my adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has interacted with the ADA in the workplace and during my time in higher education. I could, of course, make this disclaimer before each of my adult ADHD blog articles, but feel it’s extra important for this one as it involves sensitive, intricate and detailed legal workings. I am no lawyer and never will be. After these three years of physical therapy school are done, I plan on being done as well!

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Want To Be Happy? 9 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Want to be happy? Stop doing these 9 things and start to make more room for positive thinking and experiences.

Want To Be Happy? 9 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Most people want to be happier, but just don’t know how. Many of us make things harder than they need to be. It’s a habit that has likely become the norm for you, too. Maybe you’ve taken on too much at work yet again, found yourself in another unbalanced relationship, or have become stuck in a cycle of negative thinking.  All of these can sabotage your happiness and make you feel insecure. There is a part of you that wants to finally feel happy (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this) and I’m going to share some happiness tips to help you achieve that.

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What Makes Your Soul Smile?

What Makes Your Soul Smile?

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul~Democritus

The Soul, Revealed

On the backdrop of the scenic Lake Louise, I want to share a reflection about the “soul.”

What is the “soul?”

This question is not about religion. It is about discovering the depths of who you are beyond what you can physically see. This is an age old question that still mystifies us today. Greek philosopher, Aristotle defined it as the psyche and Plato believed it was how we controlled our behavior. Contemporary thinkers offer variations of the same which tend to return to the essence of a person. For example:

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Hallucinations Reinforce Delusions of Paranoid Schizophrenia

Hallucinations Reinforce Delusions of Paranoid Schizophrenia

Hallucinations and delusions work together to make my world seem to be a bad place at times. Hearing voices is not fun or soothing for me. It's terrifying.

Hallucinations are a prominent feature in many people who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. Many of us will experience visual, tactile and auditory hallucinations during some period of our illness. The most common of these, and the only I have experienced, are auditory hallucinations. Hearing voices is extremely common for people with paranoid schizophrenia, and can be a terrifying and degrading experience for the sufferer.

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Bringing Up Your Past Self-Harm to a Significant Other

Bringing Up Your Past Self-Harm to a Significant Other

There is never an easy time to discuss your past self-harm. How do you go about bringing past self-injury up to someone you are dating? Read some suggestions.

There is no easy way to discuss past self-harm. No matter how you go about bringing forward difficult struggles from your past, it is almost always going to be an uncomfortable situation. Even for the most confident person, there is always something that gets in the way of that confidence and, for some, it can be discussing a mental health issue, like self-injury, they must deal with.

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PTSD and the Effect of Putting Out Negative Energy

PTSD and the Effect of Putting Out Negative Energy

If Putting Out Negative Energy, Are You Attracting The Right People?

One problem I see often in survivors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) moving through trauma recovery is unhappy self-discovery: They don’t like themselves much.

I remember feeling that way myself. Years after my college graduation, I hadn’t been able to build or sustain a career, income or professional or personal relationships. My ties to my family were terribly strained by both my self-imposed isolation and my raging to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Sleep deprived and anxious, I was convinced I was insane and beyond help. Moving through the private hell of my everyday life, I thought pretty poorly of myself. (Could you blame me?)

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About Greg Weber, Author of Treating Anxiety Blog

About Greg Weber, Author of Treating Anxiety Blog

Treating Anxiety is Not Something We Can Do Alone

First of all, let me say how exciting it is to be blogging at HealthyPlace. I’m honored, and will I do my very best to live up to the privilege of being asked to join this amazing community.

Speaking of community, sharing what it’s like to have generalized anxiety disorder with others who “get it” has been essential in the treatment of my own anxiety. There simply is no substitute for sharing our experiences with others like us in an environment that’s free of shame, judgment, and stigma. The healing power of being understood and accepted is truly incredible, and I intend to make it the foundation of the Treating Anxiety blog.

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