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How Can We Reduce the Stigma of PTSD?

How Can We Reduce the Stigma of PTSD?

Stigma for PTSD exists, but there are ways we can reduce it. Read on for some easy ways to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses like PTSD.

Reducing the stigma of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that we all can, and should, help in doing. If you are reading this post, then it’s probably because you, or someone close to you, suffers from PTSD or some other type of mental illness. Those of us who are familiar with PTSD are, undoubtedly, also familiar with the stigma and discrimination that comes along with it. The good news is, there are things that we all can do to help reduce the stigmatization of PTSD sufferers. 

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Do People Have the Right to Leave Mental Illness Untreated?

Do People Have the Right to Leave Mental Illness Untreated?

Is it your right to treat a mental illness or not? What about if you're a parent or a chronic criminal? Does anyone have the right to untreated mental illness?

Do people have the right to leave mental illness untreated? That is the question of the day. Now, I know some of you are offended by this and are likely saying, “Heck yeah! Of could people have the right not to treat a mental illness!” Well, let’s think about this for a minute. Maybe this doesn’t apply to all groups of people; maybe there are select groups of people who truly don’t have the right to untreated mental illness (Violence in Aurora: Untreated Mental Illness, Again?).

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Why Do I Want to Binge Eat When Good Things Happen?

Why Do I Want to Binge Eat When Good Things Happen?

When dealing with binge eating disorder you might still want to binge even when something good happens to you. It had never occurred to me that this would be the case until it happened a few days ago. To say I’ve been struggling to find steady employment after graduating with my undergraduate degree would be an understatement. I finally got exactly what I’ve wanted for the last eight years and suddenly, I couldn’t handle that either.

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Quiet Your Inner Critic and Find Peace

Quiet Your Inner Critic and Find Peace

If you live with depression, you may be familiar with your inner critic who often speaks louder and much more negatively than your inner mentor. Here are some tips for how to quiet your inner critic, stop negative self-talk, and find peace.

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How to Afford Mental Health Treatment

How to Afford Mental Health Treatment

Do you know how to afford mental health treatment? Recently a friend of mine became overwhelmed by her bills for mental health treatment. Desperate for money, she created a GoFundMe page. I was disturbed by this because no one should have to create a crowdfunding page to get treatment for mental illness. The sad thing is, she’s not the only person I know who has done this. It made me think about how to afford mental health treatment.

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Crack Cocaine Versus Powder Cocaine: What Is the Difference?

Crack Cocaine Versus Powder Cocaine: What Is the Difference?

Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are treated very differently in public and political conversation. So what is the difference between crack cocaine and powder cocaine? They affect your body the same way, but the main difference lies in the method of use (Cocaine Effects, Cocaine Side Effects).

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Raise Your Self-Esteem: Five Ways to Feel Better Fast

In this quick video therapist Emily Roberts teaches you how to raise your self-esteem with five simple tips.

Raise Your Self-Esteem: Five Ways to Feel Better Fast

Could you do with a raise in your self-esteem? Learn how to raise your self-esteem and feel better fast with these five simple tips. Take a look.

After a bad day (or year) it can be hard to raise your self-esteem and confidence but there are five ways to feel better fast. As you may know, there is no single event or experience that will make you a confident person or have high self-esteem. Raising self-esteem is a process. And even if you usually have pretty high self-esteem, life can make it difficult to sustain at times. Setbacks can sneak up on you and really hurt your sense of self. Even so, there are at least five ways to raise your self-esteem and feel better fast.

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Stigma and Living Openly With Mental Illness

Stigma and Living Openly With Mental Illness

There is a lot of stigma when it comes to living openly with mental illness. When I was a child, HIV/AIDS was the bogeyman. The stigma, driven by fear, was strong, which kept people from talking about it and contributed to the spread of the disease. People were afraid you could get the virus from a toilet seat, and the thought of touching, let alone kissing, someone with the disease was unthinkable. It was worse than a death sentence; it meant that you died a leper. Mental illness is where HIV/AIDS was 30 years ago. Living openly with mental illness equals feeling stigma.

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Mental Illness Stigma and Handling a Job

Mental Illness Stigma and Handling a Job

Handling a job with a mental illness can lead to stigma. To say that mental illness can make a job more challenging would be an understatement. Not only are there the challenges of actually completing a day’s (or night’s) work, of deciding how open to be about your mental illness with your boss or supervisor, and trying to figure out how many sick days are acceptable before you’ll get fired, but there are also a number of work-related challenges outside of the workplace. There is mental illness stigma around handling a job.

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Realistic Expectations for Weight Loss Surgery

Realistic Expectations for Weight Loss Surgery

If you undergo weight loss surgery, you need to set realistic expectations. When I first started considering gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in order to help treat my binge eating disorder, I didn’t have realistic expectations for the weight loss surgery. My goals and my thinking had to be adjusted to suit reality. 

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