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Keeping Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms In Your Closet

Keeping Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms In Your Closet

You can find binge eating disorder symptoms in your closet, too. Binge eating disorder (BED) can impact your weight, and by extension, the size and shape of your body. When your body changes shape you need new clothes. Whether losing or gaining weight, your closet might end up a mismatch of clothing. So, when you have BED, you might have a troubled relationship with your closet because your binge eating disorder symptoms live there, too.

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Why Planning Ahead with Bipolar Is Tough

Why Planning Ahead with Bipolar Is Tough

People with bipolar have a hard time planning ahead. I know it seems like it would be easy: “Want to go to lunch Tuesday?” “Sounds like fun. Sure!” but it isn’t (How To Be Bipolar And High Functioning). And the reason is because bipolar disorder is highly unpredictable. Yes, I might feel fine right now but I literally have no idea what tomorrow will bring (Using Bipolar As An Excuse). This is why planning ahead with bipolar is really tough.

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Mental Illness Stigma And Halloween: A Teachable Moment

Mental Illness Stigma And Halloween: A Teachable Moment

Mental illness stigma and Halloween go together like hand and glove–we’ve all seen the “haunted asylums” and the “mental patient” costumes. Rather than trying to censor this mental illness stigmatization at Halloween, we should use it as a teachable moment. We should educate people that psychiatric patients are no more violent than the general population and that we’re more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators. While there is mental illness stigma around Halloween, we can use it to educate others.

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Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

A mental health relapse is entirely possible during the holidays. Family, and the history with your family, can trigger a mental health relapse. Read this.

A family-related mental health relapse becomes more possible in the days approaching Halloween and the winter holiday season. You see, for those of us with mental illness, these holidays may be filled with dread rather than joy and anticipation. Likely, some of our issues with coping emanate from family situations, and we may experience triggers that can cause a mental health relapse when around our family. Many emotions can cause mental health relapse, particularly when experienced during a holiday period full of expectations and various personalities (Anatomy Of A Mental Health Relapse).

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Peer Support Can Help Break Mental Health Stigma

Peer Support Can Help Break Mental Health Stigma

Don’t be fooled: peer support can help break mental health stigma. People often think of treatment as going to sit in some office on one of those couches and spilling out their souls, or attending meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and having to announce who they are and what their problem is. Treatment doesn’t have to be either of these things. What I’ve discovered is that peer support groups can break mental health stigma and be just as healing.

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Early Sobriety Will Trigger Anxiety

Early Sobriety Will Trigger Anxiety

Early sobriety can trigger anxiety, even in people without serious anxiety issues. Learn to how to cope better in early sobriety when anxiety gets triggered.

I’ve been reading the Debunking Addiction blog lately, and it’s gotten me thinking about how my early sobriety triggered my anxiety. Early sobriety generally refers to the first year of not drinking after sobering up. My experience has been that early sobriety will trigger anxiety, especially if you already have an anxiety disorder, which I believe many problem drinkers do (Addiction and Mental Illness: The Struggle to Stay Sober and Sane).

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A Vegetarian Diet and Binge Eating Disorder

A Vegetarian Diet and Binge Eating Disorder

I have binge eating disorder and as of May 2015, began a vegetarian diet. After being pescatarian for six months, I decided to make the transition to a vegetarian diet, and I have been very happy with my decision. When I decided to do this, I wondered how it would impact my binge eating disorder. A vegetarian diet seems to be an improvement for me. 

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Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Using visualization exercises to conquer anxiety is a very powerful thing to do. These techniques involve using the imagination to create vivid, realistic images of what you want to achieve—in this case, a life free from life-restricting anxiety. When you make them part of your anxiety treatment routine, you truly can conquer anxiety with visualization exercises. 

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How To Fight Barriers And Get To Your Safe Place

How To Fight Barriers And Get To Your Safe Place

You can create your safe place in your mind, visualized and brought to life by your imagination. The recent post I wrote tells you how to develop an imaginary space for mental illness recovery. But sometimes you may be unable to get to your safe place due to some kind of mental barrier. In this video, I explain how to fight these barriers and get to your safe place.

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Parents With Mental Illness: Trade ‘Normal’ for Happy

Parents With Mental Illness: Trade ‘Normal’ for Happy

Before I had my babies, I imagined that I would be the perfect stay-at-home mom, and despite being a parent with a mental illness (bipolar 1 disorder), I thought I could keep everything normal. I planned to arrange play dates, work out, make all of my family’s food from scratch, keep the house clean and decorated, while still reserving enough energy for some saucy romance with my husband. My kids deserved to  have a normal childhood, no matter how crazy their bipolar mother was. I was determined to not allow my bipolar disorder to interfere with my mothering.

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