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Leaving an Addiction Rehab Program

Leaving an Addiction Rehab Program

If you have just completed an addiction treatment program and are returning home, the idea of what the future holds can be pretty frightening. Your alcohol or drug rehab program provided you with a structured and secure environment that sheltered you from the stressors of the outside world and greatly minimized your triggers. You may be wondering if you can continue to stay sober, how friends and family members are going to react, and how hard it may be to adjust to life once again.

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Depression and Acceptance of Mental Illness

Depression and Acceptance of Mental Illness

Most days, I’m pretty accepting of having depression. Some days, I’m not. One of those days happened recently when I heard two young women excitedly discussing their plans for the future. They looked to be about the age I was right before I was diagnosed. Back then I had concerns and worries, but big mental health diagnoses were just not on my horizon. As far as I knew at least.

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Anxious and Sleepless But Not Powerless

Anxious and Sleepless But Not Powerless

Anxiety and sleep problems can have a twisted, rather enmeshed relationship with each other. They each have a similar goal: to make us miserable. They are evil little accomplices on a mission to rule our world. It’s bad enough when just one of them is working its sinister plan within us, but when they join forces and attack us simultaneously, it’s downright miserable.

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Controlling Beliefs and Behaviors Harm Mental Health Recovery

Controlling Beliefs and Behaviors Harm Mental Health Recovery

Controlling beliefs and behaviors are harmful to mental health recovery. To enjoy recovery, let go of the people, beliefs and behaviors that control you.

Have you ever noticed that control is a major life issue for people? And have you noticed that we all, as human beings, want to have control of ourselves, others, and pretty much the entire universe, if we had our way? Of course, you’ve noticed, because you’ve lived around other people enough to know that our quest to control permeates much of our lives.

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The Stigmatization of Mental Health Medication

The Stigmatization of Mental Health Medication

I feel a lot of trepidation writing this article because it is based on such a controversial topic — medication and stigma, or what I fondly refer to as med-igma. The stigma of taking medication is something many of us know all too well. Hiding the fact that we take medications, feeling ashamed and fearful that other people will find out,and the internal med-igma that taunts us as we fill yet another glass of water to swallow our daily dose of  prescribed medications.

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Self-Harm and Body Image in a “Fit-Focused” World

Self-Harm and Body Image in a “Fit-Focused” World

Everywhere you turn, you see or hear about CrossFit, Zumba or Mud Runs. Within minutes of scrolling down your Facebook feed, you may see people on diets or cleanses or posting “before and after” photographs. It’s terrific that people are working on bettering themselves in healthy, up-and-coming ways, but it also takes a toll on those dealing with body image issues.

By having photographs and messages thrown from every angle, some people may see this not as being helpful, but as a reminder that they continue to struggle. For those who do not have the motivation or interest in getting healthy or fit, these constant reminders can become overwhelming. We know that feeling overwhelmed often leads to anxiety or anger and when you’re at that point — you must find a safe outlet for those emotions.

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Blogging with Anxiety

Blogging with Anxiety

One of the requirements of being a HealthyPlace blogger is personal experience. In other words, having an anxiety disorder qualifies me to be one of the authors of the anxiety blog. More specifically I have panic attacks, crippling self-doubt, paranoia, and general anxiety. My blog application was one of the only times this was a plus.

Weekly blogging isn’t an easy thing to do, despite the number of them out there. Topics need to be chosen, research done, comments read and responded to, titles selected, keywords considered, pictures picked, then it needs to be written, formatted, and scheduled all before it goes live for all the world to (hopefully) see.

As a writer, I know other writers, and the general consensus is that publishing anything, even a blog, is stressful. It invokes a sense of anxiety in the most grounded of people. A part of the writer – his work – is out there, waiting to be judged by strangers.

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Ketamine-Like Drug Poised to Treat Bipolar Depression

Ketamine-Like Drug Poised to Treat Bipolar Depression

As many of you have heard by now, the drug ketamine is being investigated as an antidepressant. Yes, the drug known on the street as “Special K” causing it’s users to fall into a “k-hole” is being researched for clinical, antidepressant use. Ketamine has shown promise both in unipolar and bipolar depression.

There are many problems with ketamine, though, not the least of which being that it’s a scheduled substance in the United States and thus very hard to get your hands on. It can be done but it’s awfully pricey. There are also substantial side effects like hallucinations to worry about. (Ketamine is typically used as an anaesthetic in medicine.)

Luckily, there is a chemical cousin of ketamine on the horizon that appears to work in a similar way to ketamine but without all the unfortunate side effects.

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Three Ways to Distract Yourself When You Feel Like Self-Harming

Three Ways to Distract Yourself When You Feel Like Self-Harming

Life with borderline personality disorder means accepting the fact that some days will be better than others. Recently, I had a bad day. My therapist has suggested several different ways to distract myself from self-harming in hopes that I can put it off until the urge passes. Here is what’s worked for me.

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From Inside An Eating Disorder: Why I Didn’t Want To Recover

From Inside An Eating Disorder: Why I Didn’t Want To Recover

Deciding to recover from anorexia was not an easy decision. In my experience, it has been one step forward and three strides sprinting backwards. It was hard to make that decision and stick to it. And it was hard for family and friends to understand why I was so ambivalent about eating disorder recovery – after all, wasn’t living with an eating disorder miserable? Why wouldn’t I want to get better?

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