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Mental Illnesses That Commonly Occur with Combat PTSD

Mental Illnesses That Commonly Occur with Combat PTSD

Unfortunately, when it comes to combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), additional mental illnesses occurring with combat PTSD is almost the rule, rather than the exception. When one diagnosis exists with another, this is known as comorbidity. Studies have found that of veterans with combat PTSD, about half have an additional, current mental illness diagnosis. Comorbidity makes treating combat PTSD more complicated and, of course, tends to increase suffering for the patient. Here is some more information about mental illnesses that commonly occur with combat PTSD.

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Coping With Adversity and Depression

Coping With Adversity and Depression

Dealing with depression is difficult enough when everything in your life is going swimmingly but what about coping with depression and adversity? How do we cope with adversity and depression at the same time?

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Exercise and your Mental Health

Exercise and your Mental Health

I used to wonder, are exercise and mental health related? Can it improve your overall mental health and be as helpful as antidepressants? In my recent experience, I’ve found the answer is yes. I have been through anxiety, depression and depersonalization (feeling a sense of watching yourself and feeling disconnected to others and oneself) and exercise helped to lift my mood during the dark days. The problem is, like many others might find, it’s a constant struggle to stay motivated and develop a love for exercise for your mental health.

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White Privilege and Mental Illness

White Privilege and Mental Illness

White privilege in mental illness is no surprise to many minorities. Natasha McKenna, a Black woman in Fairfax, Virginia, is an example of this.

White privilege in mental illness is no surprise to many minorities. The case of Natasha McKenna in Fairfax, Virginia–you know, the #BlackLivesMatter death no one is writing about–is an example. McKenna, a petite African-American woman diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 12–died while in police custody. She had been taken out of the psychiatric ward by police, but from there the story gets murky. What is known is that she was beaten by police, then tasered four times while handcuffed behind her back, shackled and in a spit hood. She died from her treatment–which probably would have been vastly different if she weren’t a poor black woman. We are long overdue for a conversation on white privilege and mental illness.

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Being a People Pleaser Because of Bipolar

Being a People Pleaser Because of Bipolar

I admit it; I’m a bit of a people pleaser because of bipolar disorder. How is this possible? Well, I suppose I have a bit of a fear of abandonment – as most people with bipolar disorder do. This isn’t an irrational, “please don’t leave me” kind of a thing, it’s the experience of having had people leave my life because of bipolar and not wanting that to happen again. So I try people pleasing because of bipolar.

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What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

When there’s infidelity and mental illness in a romantic relationship, it causes pain for both parties which is often irreparable. When infidelity and a mental illness collide, the fallout can cause the most harm to the person dealing with the disease. Whether one does the cheating or is cheated upon, managing the emotional damage of infidelity in a romantic relationship can be enough to cause or worsen a mental illness episode.

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Being Body Positive When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Being Body Positive When You Have Binge Eating Disorder

Staying body positive when you have binge eating disorder can be difficult. I have binge eating disorder and it has hugely impacted what my body looks like and how I feel about it. I have starved myself to 160 pounds, I have binged myself to 315 pounds, and I currently sit at a comfortable 210 pounds after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery and a lot of education about health and self-acceptance. I’m doing my best to be body positive in spite of binge eating disorder.

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The Challenges Behind Loving an Alcoholic Personality

The Challenges Behind Loving an Alcoholic Personality

Loving an alcoholic is challenging, regardless of whether or not the alcoholic is in recovery. There are certain personality traits common to alcoholics which add strain to relationships with friends, family, romantic partners, or professional connections when left untethered. What are some of these personality traits that come out when loving an alcoholic and how do they affect these relationships?

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Hey Kids and Adults, Play with Sand to Reduce Anxiety

Hey Kids and Adults, Play with Sand to Reduce Anxiety

Both kids and adults can play with sand to reduce anxiety. Read on to learn why sand play works and how kids and adults can play with sand to reduce anxiety.

Kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from playing in the sand; adults and kids alike can reduce anxiety when they play with sand. Play therapy, which involves many different techniques including sand play, is a legitimate therapeutic approach to treating a multitude of mental health issues.

When people think of play therapy, they often think it’s something for children and issues unique to childhood struggles. While play therapy is used largely with children, it is used with adults, too. And beyond official play therapy, kids and adults benefit greatly when they, on their own and outside of a therapy session, simply play with sand to reduce anxiety.

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Avoid Future-Tripping When You Have Anxiety

Avoid Future-Tripping When You Have Anxiety

Worrying about the future is greatly magnified when you have anxiety. Here's how to avoid the unnecessary anxiety caused by future-tripping.

One important skill to acquire when you you have anxiety is learning how to avoid future-tripping. Future-tripping, also called anticipatory anxiety, is part of the human condition of peering into the imagined future and anticipating the outcome. Everyone does this to some degree or other. It’s one of the blessings (or perhaps curses) of having a human brain with a frontal cortex. A person without an anxiety disorder may see a pleasant outcome, while an anxious person will likely imagine the worst outcome possible. The truth is, we don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s why future-tripping when you have anxiety is a good thing to avoid.

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