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Help Your Child Cope With Mental Health Stigma

Help Your Child Cope With Mental Health Stigma

You can help your child cope with mental health stigma. Read how mental health stigma affects your child and how you might make mistakes in dealing with stigma.

When I was a child dealing with mental health stigma, I didn’t really know what it was that set me apart. As a young adult, I have a better perspective on the mental health stigma your child faces. Although I’m not a parent or guardian of a child facing mental health stigma, I have a clear memory of how stigma affected me as a child. Plus, I’ve seen what my parents have gone through as I lived with mental illness at a young age. I also read posts and hear from parents and guardians who have children that suffer or live with mental health problems, and it’s heartbreaking to witness as they grapple with trying to help their child and feeling powerless to do so. So when I can, I try to help. I hope some of the tips that follow are ones you find helpful as you navigate your child’s mental illness and the potential mental health stigma your child can face.

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My PTSD Brain Won’t Be Quiet–Constant Thinking Protected Me

My PTSD Brain Won’t Be Quiet–Constant Thinking Protected Me

PTSD brains protect us in many ways. One way my PTSD brain does that is through constant thinking. Learn why my PTSD brain's way of helping isn't the best way.

My posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brain keeps me busy to avoid pain. Your PTSD brain could help you avoid pain in a very different way. The diversity found in the coping mechanisms people develop in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to surprise me. In my case, constant thinking was one way my PTSD brain protected me.

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What It’s Like to Hear Voices

What It’s Like to Hear Voices

What's it like to hear voices? Recovering From Mental Illness blogger Becky Oberg discusses what it's like to hear voices and gives advice on how to fight back.Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hear voices? Hearing voices is a classic symptom of schizophrenia. The bad news is, they’re sheer torture. The good news is, medication can help–I haven’t heard voices in several years. But for those of you who wonder, here’s what it’s like to hear voices.

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Coping with Your Child’s DMDD Outbursts and the Aftermath

Coping with Your Child’s DMDD Outbursts and the Aftermath

A child's DMDD outbursts exhausts the whole family. Is there a way to manage these intense DMDD outbursts to reduce the stress on the family? Try these ideas.

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) anger outbursts erupt multiple times a week because a child with DMDD is persistently angry and irritable. DMDD outbursts are tantrums that are way out of proportion to the situation. As parents, they are tough to watch, but preventing them seems impossible. Keeping everyone in the family safe is a priority, and when it’s all over, DMDD outbursts leave your family emotionally exhausted.

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Getting Older When You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be

Getting Older When You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be

Getting older, no matter how old you are, gets tougher when you're not where you thought you'd be in life. Feel better about getting older. Watch this video.

This year, as I stared at the candles on my birthday cake, I could not take my eyes off of the second digit that said I was getting older—seven. Wow, I thought. Twenty-seven. What Should I Have Done Already?. It amazes me how fast one birthday turns into the next. Twenty is so far away, and 30 is right around the corner.I’m getting old and I’m not where I thought I’d be.

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Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

These addiction recovery apps enhance your addiction recovery. Find support, encouragement, information, and more in these helpful addiction recovery apps.

Addiction recovery apps are some of the newest mental health apps that could help you in recovery. Today, there are more and more mobile applications for those in addiction recovery that are designed to address a number of needs. I’ve tried many of them over the years, found some of them to be really helpful, and I’ve continued to use a handful of them. I thought that I would share some of the addiction recovery apps that I think you should try.

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Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

The bath vs. shower debate affects me too. I have schizoaffective disorder and sometimes, dirty hair. Find out why. Read this and vote: bath or shower?A lot of people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental illnesses complain that they don’t like to shower when they’re sick. I don’t either—I prefer baths. In my humble opinion, a good hot bath is so much better than a shower, whether or not you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Here’s why.

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When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

Anxiety can be a broken record, repeating the same anxious thoughts in your head. Learn how to deal with the broken record of anxiety by changing your tune.

Anxious thoughts act like a broken record. An anxious thought will start to play in the mind, and once it does, that obsessive thought plays over and over and over again. Listening to our anxious thoughts nonstop can make them grow ever bigger and stronger, and we come to believe them. Our worries feel real when anxiety is a broken record. When this happens, it’s time to change our tune. 

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Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Some lifestyle changes will help you manage depression more than others. Moderation in all things is important, but start with these three. Check this out.Since making lifestyle changes for my depression, I find that moderation helped create a turning point for me in my ability to cope with my depression. Lifestyle changes that encourage moderation help me manage the ups and downs that depression throws at me. To moderate something is to make it less intense or extreme, which means that I try to balance my lifestyle in a way that averages out the good and bad bits of my experience. While everyone’s life requires different sorts of balance, there are a few things that lifestyles encouraging moderation for depression really should embrace.

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Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression and Creativity: Depression and Being Creative at Work

Depression makes creativity difficult to use, so if your work counts on your creativity you could be in for trouble. If you worry about that, you aren't alone.One of the hardest parts of my work as a writer is not necessarily self-discipline or being inspired, but rather finding ways to use my creativity while depression zaps my motivation. Over time, depression feels as if it is sucking the creativity out of me, and being creative with depression coping becomes a work of art on its own.

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