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Retraining Your Brain as Part of Depression Management

Retraining Your Brain as Part of Depression Management

As people with depression, our brains automatically go to negative thoughts. Find out how we can learn to think positive thoughts instead.

Learning How to Use Positive Thoughts to Counteract the Negative Thoughts Caused By Depression

One of the frequent symptoms of depression I’ve dealt with is negative thoughts. Sometimes it would (and sometimes it still does, though not as frequently) take one seemingly small comment or event to propel me back down into the despair of an endless cycle of negative self-talk from which it could take weeks or sometimes even months to fully recover. I got so tired of other people, situations, and depression having that kind of power over me. I decided to ask my therapist for some coping skills and tools that would allow me to be better equipped to fight this battle.

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How You Can Use Writing to Tackle Low Self-Esteem

How You Can Use Writing to Tackle Low Self-Esteem

Going through life with low self-esteem can be a really difficult experience. But using certain writing techniques can help tackle this issue.

We often get trapped by low self-esteem because we fail to see how the judgments we make about ourselves are inaccurate. It is helpful, therefore, to use certain techniques that allow you to untangle yourself from your thoughts – to take a step back – and see that you can’t possibly justify the self-critical thoughts you’re having. Making notes about your thoughts is one way to gain this healthy perspective. In this way, you can use writing to tackle low self-esteem.

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Personal Rituals Can Protect You from Holiday Stress

Personal Rituals Can Protect You from Holiday Stress

You can create personal rituals that protect you from traumatic memories often triggered by holiday stress. Discover why personal rituals can be powerful.

Seasonal holidays involve many inherent rituals, but have you considered creating your own personal rituals to protect you from holiday stress and anxiety? I had the opportunity to discuss rituals–both helpful and harmful ones–with psychologist Stanton Peele while researching an article I wrote about addiction for Vice.1 He describes the ways in which some rituals actually protect people from developing addictions–such as Jewish customs of drinking wine only during certain occasions. He finds that Jews who associate wine in that religious context often find it odd to think of alcohol as a “party drug.” This conversation made me think of the routine rituals we encounter during the holidays. Can trauma survivors intentionally create personal rituals as a means of coping with some of the extra stress associated with holidays?

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Sharing Your Mental Health Story If You’re Afraid of Stigma

Sharing Your Mental Health Story If You’re Afraid of Stigma

Many want to share a mental health story, but are scared to talk openly about mental illness. Read this for 5 ways to start talking even if you're scared.

You may want to share your mental health story, but feel afraid even though many people have opened up about mental illness. We know that talking about mental health encourages others to do so as well. That sense of community and having a precedent of someone else talking about mental illness may have paved the way for you. However, seeing the negative reactions stories about mental illness have a habit of getting can be a deterrent. Mental health stigma can cause a lot of fear and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to get past that fear of stigma when you want to share your mental health story.

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Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

I've learned strong lessons in mental health while writing for HealthyPlace, but it's time to say goodbye. Discover what I've learned and share your progress.

The mental health lessons I’ve learned while writing for HealthyPlace will serve me well as my life changes. I am not a stranger to major life changes. I’ve undergone quite a few in the last few years, and there are about to be a few more. For this reason, I have to say goodbye to HealthyPlace this week, but not before sharing my mental health lessons and asking you for yours.

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A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A daily journal benefits mental illness recovery in many ways. Processing your thoughts and emotions via mental health journaling can help you recover sooner.

A daily journal becomes a powerful tool when it comes to mental illness recovery because it allows you to get out of your head and onto paper. Oftentimes when someone is recovering from mental illness, they spend a lot of time alone or feeling lonely (even if they are around other people), and he or she is usually in his or her head with his or her thoughts. When you are able to write down your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, and what you are going through, something magical happens. You find so much clarity and peace in that practice, one of the many mental health benefits of journaling. Keeping a daily journal will aid your mental illness recovery.

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5 Things Parents of Children with Mental Illness Don’t Do

5 Things Parents of Children with Mental Illness Don’t Do

Parents of children with mental illness don't do 'normal' things. It's surprising, and often devastating, to decide what we just can't do to and for our kids.As a parent of a child with mental illness, there are many things I wish I could do. My child’s attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) behaviors, or my own anxiety, often get in the way. Parenting a child with mental illness is intense. I often feel like a snowball of anxiety rolling down a snowy mountain of anxiety towards an icy river of even more anxiety, and if I type “anxiety” one more time, you’ll start to feel as anxious as I do. Because I am a parent of a child with mental illness, there are some things I just don’t do.

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Being a Mom with Mental Illness: My Questions and Concerns

Being a Mom with Mental Illness: My Questions and Concerns

Being a mom with mental illness adds additional concerns to my role as a parent. Soon my daughter will have questions or we'll face stigma. What will I do then?

In 2016, my life changed forever when I became a mom for the first time, but my mental illness has made my new role as a parent sometimes challenging. I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder 10 years before giving birth to our daughter, and I have been doing really well with medication for the last several years. Being a mom with a mental illness comes with additional parenting concerns specific to mental illness.

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Holiday Mental Health Plans for Families with Mental Illness

Holiday Mental Health Plans for Families with Mental Illness

Do you have a holiday mental health plan to make the holidays fun for everyone in your family? Try this tip to develop a holiday mental health plan that works.

Maintaining mental health over the holidays can be a real challenge for teens and young adults with mental illness. With 64% of mentally ill people finding holidays stressful, according to a study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it is important to find ways to stay healthy during the holidays. So read on for holiday mental health tips.

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The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

There are rules to living with bipolar disorder, at least, for me. I find rules-based living with bipolar disorder makes every day easier.I have bipolar disorder and I live with rules I make rather than living out any actual desires. This is because I have little-to-no motivation or desires thanks to bipolar depression. Nothing wants me to get out of bed. Nothing wants me to work. Nothing wants me to do anything. But I do those things and a whole lot more because of the rules-based living I do with bipolar disorder.

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