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Coping with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness

Coping with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness

Coping with a diagnosis of mental illness can be scary. I felt fear and eventually relief when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Here's how I cope.

Coping with a diagnosis of a mental illness can be scary, but if you’ve made it to this point, it means you’ve reached out for help. That’s a great first step. You’re on your way to receiving treatment and most likely feeling better. It’s important to cope with mental illness, and it’s important to cope with the diagnosis of mental illness–accepting the illness–too.

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Hearing Voices on Vacation Was Tolerable with an Escape Plan

Hearing Voices on Vacation Was Tolerable with an Escape Plan

Hearing voices on vacation is becoming routine for me. So this year, I planned ahead. See what I did when hearing voices on vacation threatened our fun.

I wish I didn’t hear voices on vacation, but I know I do. Every year, my schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms come with me on vacation. They pack themselves up–even my schizoaffective voices. But I didn’t let hearing voices on vacation ruin my fun. Here’s what I did.

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Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing anxiety during a natural disaster can be overwhelming. But here are tips you can use before and after natural disasters that will help you during one.

Anxiety is a constant companion that catastrophizes everything and makes even the smallest worries seem insurmountable. So what happens when a major event or trauma arises? How do we manage anxiety levels that – in the face of actual disaster – quickly could become crippling? 

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Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety Aren’t Your Directors

Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety Aren’t Your Directors

Social anxiety and performance anxiety share a theme. Knowing the similarity can help you conquer social and performance anxiety. Try this anxiety-reducing tip.

Social anxiety and performance anxiety both involve a great deal of fear, worry, and dread. When it comes to anxiety in general, that’s not unique. All types of anxiety disorders involve some type of fear, a whole lot of worry, and an overarching sense of dread. It’s the nature of the anxious thoughts and emotions that define a particular type of anxiety. With social anxiety disorder, the apprehensions largely involve fear of being judged or embarrassed in social situations. In this, social anxiety is a close cousin of another type of anxiety: performance anxiety. Understanding their relationship will help you reduce both social anxiety and performance anxiety.

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Mental Illness and Addiction: My Co-occurring Brain Disorders

Mental Illness and Addiction: My Co-occurring Brain Disorders

You may know that mental Illness and addiction often co-occur, but do you know why? Learn about mental illness and addiction and proper treatment. Read this.

I have a mental illness and an addiction. I honestly didn’t care if I lived or died, during my decade long drug and alcohol addiction. Which is why I tried and failed at sobriety so many times. My addictions co-occurred with a mental illness called bipolar disorder. A depressive stage of bipolar, even sober, can leave me hopeless. I’d lose interest in all the things that mattered to me before. It didn’t matter to me if I got sober. There were no consequences strong enough to make me want to stop because I didn’t care if I ever saw tomorrow. I didn’t make plans for my future because I really didn’t want one. It was a slow suicide.

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Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith says goodbye to the 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation' blog audience.

Due to changes in my work commitments, this will be my final post for Mental Health for the Digital Generation at HealthyPlace. I’ve very much enjoyed my time blogging about mental health for HealthyPlace and am saddened that I won’t be able to continue.

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Trauma Is Unfair: But You Can Heal Anyway

Trauma Is Unfair: But You Can Heal Anyway

Trauma is unfair. It's unfair that some develop PTSD when nobody deserves to be traumatized. Why is accepting the unfairness of trauma so important to recovery?

Everyone experiences trauma differently, but one fact is universally true: trauma is unfair. Living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also unfair. Nobody deserves to be traumatized. So how do we heal from something that should never have become our burden in the first place? How do we deal with unfair trauma?

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Let Go of Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

Let Go of Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

A negative body image in eating disorders is common. Here’s the reason our negative body image is the last thing we let go of in our eating disorder recovery.

Negative body image in eating disorder recovery is often the last thing you let go. It’s said that a negative body image is the first thing to come and the last to leave. Hating our bodies is a theme even though eating disorders aren’t really about what our bodies look like on the outside. Here’s the reason negative body image in our eating disorder recovery is the last thing we let go.

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What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

Emotional detachment in depression can hurt your recovery and relationships. Understanding emotional detachment and depression can help change this. Learn how.One of the scariest symptoms I’ve experienced has been emotional detachment in depression. I’ve witnessed it in other people since I was young, and at times I start feeling detached from situations where I think I might get hurt. Understanding the symptom of emotional detachment in depression helps me work through it.

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Can You Save Your Abuser’s New Girlfriend From Abuse?

Can You Save Your Abuser’s New Girlfriend From Abuse?

Is it your job to warn your abuser's new girlfriend of his abuse? If so, is there a way of protecting her without compromising your own safety? Read this.

One of the questions many abuse victims will ask themselves is, “Is it my job to warn my abuser’s new girlfriend of his behavior?” And I must admit, this has stumped me every time it’s been brought up in the comments section of a Verbal Abuse in Relationships blog post. When my abusive boyfriend broke up with me, I swiftly deleted him from all of my social media accounts. We also lived in different cities, so when he did meet someone else I didn’t know about it until months afterward. But when the inevitable photos of him with other women found their way into my news feed, I couldn’t help wondering if it was my job to warn my abuser’s new girlfriend of what he was capable of.

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