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3 Things that Trigger My Self-Harm Urges

3 Things that Trigger My Self-Harm Urges

At least three situations trigger my self-harm urges, and I suspect you understand why they do. Are some triggers of your self-harm urges the same? Let's talk.

I have been in self-harm recovery for about 10 years now, often dealing with what triggers my self-harm urges. During that time, it has always been difficult for me to identify what exactly is triggering my self-harm urges. It wasn’t until I went to my last therapist that I got the tools to figure out my underlying patterns of self-injuring. In this post, I want to go over the three main reasons behind why I started self-harming. Maybe your triggers for self-harm urges are similar.

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College Student Disability Services Helped My Mental Health

College Student Disability Services Helped My Mental Health

Student Disability Services exist to help students with their mental illness disabilities too. But stigma made it hard to see my mental illness as a disability.

I avoided Student Disability Services in college because of mental health stigma. Although I was diagnosed with various mental health conditions as a teen, it wasn’t until college that I truly realized the debilitating effect mental illness could have on my life. I was highly resistant to the idea when an on-campus counselor first advised me to make an appointment with my university’s Student Disability Services department. Sure, I needed help, but I didn’t need that kind of help.

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What to Do When Family Holidays Trigger Anxiety

What to Do When Family Holidays Trigger Anxiety

With family holidays approaching, anxiety triggers might already be popping up for you. Learn how to manage family holiday anxiety triggers with one question.

Do family holidays trigger your anxiety? Family relationships can trigger anxieties, so chances are that the holidays are particularly challenging. While holidays can be a time to connect with loved ones, there are many situations that may lead to anxiety symptoms. The question becomes, “How can we deal with anxiety triggers when family holidays are around the corner?”

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Would Renaming ADHD Better Describe the Disorder?

Would Renaming ADHD Better Describe the Disorder?

Renaming ADHD could lead to less stigma and greater understanding of what ADHD is. What would we rename ADHD? Learn historical names and suggest a new one here.

Renaming attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on my mind because, in honor of ADHD Awareness Month, I binged on lectures by ADHD-expert Dr. Russell Barkley. He points out that “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” is a poor term for the condition, and he is not alone in thinking that renaming ADHD is a good idea. Fellow ADHD-specialist Dr. Edward Hallowell claims that “ADHD is a terrible term,” and many with this condition agree, myself included. I started to wonder about the history of the term, if there were alternative names for the disorder, and if renaming ADHD could reduce ADHD stigma.

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Tips for When ADHD Makes Reading Difficult

Tips for When ADHD Makes Reading Difficult

People with ADHD often struggle to read. Learn a few tips and watch a video about ADHD reading challenges and some ways to work around them.

I love getting new books, but attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes reading difficult. Discovering what is between book covers is a wonderful experience. However, finishing those books is a different issue. As is often the case for people with ADHD, I have difficulties with follow-through on things, and that includes reading; other people with ADHD find reading difficult for other reasons.

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Avoid Disaster When Partying with Schizoaffective Disorder

Avoid Disaster When Partying with Schizoaffective Disorder

Partying with schizoaffective disorder means we must avoid things other people don't have to worry about. Here's how I avoid disaster when partying.

How can we avoid disaster while partying when living with schizoaffective disorder? We all know that the desire to party is a fundamental aspect of life. Birthdays happen every year, and often parties are held for events such as Independence Day, Christmas, or even Thanksgiving, not to mention people’s desire to engage in events such as raves and festivals. However, we all know that partying is usually associated with risky behaviors, such as drinking and taking drugs. This is often the last thing a schizoaffective person should be doing. So how can we avoid problems when partying with schizoaffective disorder?

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The Financial Struggle of Seeking Mental Health Help

The Financial Struggle of Seeking Mental Health Help

Getting mental health help during financial struggles is difficult. This is about my family's financial struggle and how you can find mental health help.

During periods of financial struggle, getting mental health help is a big issue. There seems to be no way to pay for mental health services, even though you need help. When you look into finding a psychiatrist, you realize it’s hard to find one in your price range. What other mental health care options do you have if you’re financially unstable? Is there any mental health help for those who struggle financially?

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How to Benefit from Distractions

How to Benefit from Distractions

You can benefit from distractions, but distractions can keep you from doing important things, too. Here's how to ensure distractions benefit you every time.You can benefit from distractions when life gets overwhelming and you just need a break. If you use distractions for a short time, they can help you become more productive. But what happens if you use them too often and without time restraints? Read on to learn about how to benefit from distractions by using them wisely and effectively.

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Does a Suicide Attempt Change Your Outlook on Life?

Does a Suicide Attempt Change Your Outlook on Life?

After a suicide attempt, things change, but does your look on life change after a suicide attempt? Sometimes the answer is "yes," and sometimes it's "no."Like many with bipolar disorder (up to 50%1), I have attempted suicide, but the question is, did that suicide attempt change my outlook on life? This is an interesting question because so many of us have been in this situation. For some, the answer is definitely, “yes,” but for others, I think their suicide attempt didn’t change their outlook on life and, unfortunately, attempt suicide again, or, finally, die of suicide. For me, the answer is both “yes,” and “no.”

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Effects of Friends’ Suicides On Schizoaffective Disorder

Effects of Friends’ Suicides On Schizoaffective Disorder

Suicide triggered a new direction in my schizoaffective disorder--suicide as an option. Here's how I survive thoughts of suicide with schizoaffective disorder.

Content warning: Frank discussion of suicide affecting schizoaffective disorder.

After I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder, two of my friends, Josh and then Aaron (not their real names), died by suicide. Their deaths were tragic, unnecessary, preventable, and painful. And their deaths triggered a new direction in my schizoaffective disorder—dying by suicide became an option.

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