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Mental Health Benefits of Pets for Children with ADHD, DMDD

Mental Health Benefits of Pets for Children with ADHD, DMDD

The mental health benefits of pets for children usually outweigh the trouble. Pets can teach empathy and help a child's anxiety, attention, and impulse control.

There are mental health benefits of pets for children with mental illness. Pets can be great friends and teachers to children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), or other mental health concerns. Plenty of research exists backing up the helpfulness of having animals in therapy, school, or at home. My son’s mental health benefits from the animals in his life.

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Schizoaffective Disorder Recovery Helped Me Gain Confidence

Schizoaffective Disorder Recovery Helped Me Gain Confidence

Schizoaffective disorder recovery initially took away something that made me feel special. My confidence suffered. Here's why I'm glad I continued in recovery.

Schizoaffective disorder recovery helped me gain confidence, but first, recovery took away a gift I thought made me special.  Before my diagnosis in my early 20s, when I was really struggling, I thought that I was a medium and could communicate with spirits. I had both auditory and visual hallucinations that I thought were ghosts. Letting go of the belief I was psychic in early schizoaffective disorder recovery hurt my confidence.

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Hearing Voices in My Head on the Train

Hearing Voices in My Head on the Train

Hearing voices in my head is a symptom of my schizoaffective disorder. Hearing voices in your head is scarier in public places. Here's how I deal with them.

Hearing voices in my head is something that happens to me often. I have schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. This means I experience mood swings and crippling anxiety along with hearing voices. I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but they’re scary anyway. I heard schizoaffective voices in my heaed today. They started while I was on a train platform, waiting to go home from the hospital where I meet with my therapist.

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Stress from Positive Change Requires Self-Care for PTSD Too

Stress from Positive Change Requires Self-Care for PTSD Too

Positive changes create stress too. If you're in PTSD recovery, identifying positive stress vs negative stress is important to your mental health. Learn more.Understanding how stress from positive change adds to our stress load improves our self-care and helps us stay on the path to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery. While the word “stress” applies to life-altering situations like traumatic or stressful events as often as it pertains to a long to-do list, it is not typically associated with times when things are good. However, positive change and stress do exist together and it helps people with PTSD to recognize them when they occur.

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Resolution to Manage Dissociation in DID for the New Year

Resolution to Manage Dissociation in DID for the New Year

I want to manage dissociation better this year. Dissociation can get in the way of living. Here's how I plan to manage dissociation this year. How will you?

How can I manage dissociation in the new year better than I did last year? This year, my dissociative identity disorder (DID) made celebrating the new year difficult. New Year’s Day could symbolize another year of dissociation, and another year of instability. But New Year’s can also be a time to recognize progress and to make resolutions that promote healing and change. That’s why I am choosing to make resolutions for my DID–I’m going to manage dissociation much better this year. You can, too.

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Increase Your Uncertainty Tolerance and Decrease Anxiety

Increase Your Uncertainty Tolerance and Decrease Anxiety

Increasing your uncertainty intolerance can reduce anxiety. You can decrease your anxiety and lift the limits it imposes on your life--here's how. Take a look.

If you increase your uncertainty intolerance, your anxiety level will decrease. Facing uncertainty—not knowing what is going to happen in your life on both big and small scales—can cause or increase anxiety. Being really uncomfortable with uncertainty, officially called uncertainty intolerance (and sometimes referred to as fear of the unknown), is common in people living with anxiety. If you find yourself worried, anxious, and stressed when you can’t predict what’s going to happen, here’s a helpful certainty: you can do something about this type of anxiety and increase your uncertainty intolerance, and overall mental health, in the process.

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Feeling Your Emotions Matters in Eating Disorder Recovery

Feeling Your Emotions Matters in Eating Disorder Recovery

Feeling your emotions is an important part of eating disorder recovery. If you avoid feeling your emotions, here are some ways to ease out of emotion avoidance.

Feeling your emotions in eating disorder recovery can be unsettling at first. Eating disorders strive to brush uncomfortable emotions aside—to ignore the tension and medicate the suffering—but deep-rooted anger, insecurity, fear, grief, loneliness, rejection or similar emotions must be named and felt in order to achieve sustainable eating disorder recovery. Instead of masking the pain with harmful behaviors, it’s crucial to acknowledge, identify, express and feel your emotions. This practice of tuning into your own emotionality creates space for self-awareness, compassion, acceptance and, ultimately, healing.

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How to Prevent Anxiety with Self-Care in the New Year

How to Prevent Anxiety with Self-Care in the New Year

Prevent anxiety with self-care that honors who you are. You can feel less anxious using these self-care tips to treat and prevent anxiety in the new year.

If you want to prevent anxiety as we enter the new year, better self-care may be on your list of resolutions. But how quickly do we veer off course when we set lofty expectations for ourselves? I’d like to offer some tips to help you build a self-care practice to prevent anxiety without exacerbating it in the process.

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My Life After an Eating Disorder

My Life After an Eating Disorder

Life after an eating disorder can be full of more happiness than you imagined. I am grateful for the eating disorder treatment I received--it saved my life.

Life after an eating disorder, and treatment for both bulimia and schizoaffective disorder, is much better. I often write about my experience with schizoaffective disorder at HealthyPlace, but it was really my struggle with bulimia that led me to seek help in the first place. I struggled with my eating disorder for many years, and eating disorder recovery was rough until I was also treated for schizoaffective disorder. In my case, the two were definitely related. When my mood and psychotic symptoms were reduced with medication, I finally felt strong enough to really get a handle on my eating disorder. I spent several weeks at an eating disorder treatment center in my early 20s. I truly believe it saved my life, and during my life after an eating disorder, I haven’t looked back once.

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What I’ve Learned in Life Since My Suicide Attempt

What I’ve Learned in Life Since My Suicide Attempt

What I've learned in life over the past year since my suicide attempt helps me face major depressive disorder daily. They'll help you deal with depression, too.

What I’ve learned in life since my suicide attempt almost a year ago, has helped me make a great deal of progress in my depression journey. While major depressive disorder is still a daily battle I face, I now have new weapons in my arsenal which I can use in the war. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about life this year, and how this knowledge has made me stronger.

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