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A Crucial Eating Disorder Recovery Mantra: ‘You Are More than a Body’

A Crucial Eating Disorder Recovery Mantra: ‘You Are More than a Body’

Do you attach your personal worth or identity to the shape of your body? Keep reading for advice on how to accept yourself no matter what you look like.

In eating disorder recovery, empowering mantras can be life-savers. One of the most harmful myths an eating disorder will urge you to believe is that physical appearance is all you can offer this world, but the truth is you are more than a body. The shape of your torso, width of your thighs and bone structure of your face are not the deciding factors of who you are. It’s crucial to realize that, as a human being, you possess three core attributes—body, mind and spirit. Together they form a holistic and integrated person, but when the body is hyper-scrutinized, the mind and spirit become ignored, segmented or disconnected from your whole self. However, you can nourish these mental and spiritual qualities by affirming that you are more than a body until it becomes your eating disorder recovery mantra.

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Use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to Reduce Anxiety

Use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety is often accompanied by irrational thinking. Learn how Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy can help reduce anxiety.

I recently attended a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) training. I began thinking more about using it to reduce my own anxiety. REBT, the first form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), was developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. The REBT approach encourages us to dispute irrational thinking in order to develop emotional self-regulation.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Sleep Deprivation

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common complaint among people who experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn how to recognize and manage sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation is a common complaint among people who experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research shows that at least 50% of individuals with PTSD have experienced recurring nightmares, and the majority of people with PTSD report either difficulty falling asleep(sleep onset insomnia), or trouble staying asleep long enough to feel rested (maintenance insomnia). Even though sleep difficulties often accompany PTSD, their importance might be underrepresented. Knowing how to recognize the signs of sleep deprivation and how to manage them is a useful tool in treating the symptoms of PTSD.

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Stressful Life Events and Mental Illness

Stressful Life Events and Mental Illness

Stressful life events such as moving, college, and motherhood can impact our mental health. It's important to learn how to cope in a positive way.

Stress can play an enormous role in mental health issues, and there have been a few life events that have really affected my symptoms. Moving, college, and motherhood have had the biggest impact on me. Some of these events took place before I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia, and some took place after. Here’s what happened and how I coped.

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Feeling Like a Burden Because of Mental Illness

Feeling Like a Burden Because of Mental Illness

Feeling like a burden because of a mental illness is a common effect of stigma. Find out how the feeling of being a burden affects you and your caregivers.

Sometimes there is no way to avoid feeling like a burden because of your mental illness. Whether it is for emotional, physical, or financial reasons, the reality of mental health problems can be difficult to bear for both those who suffer from mental illness and those who consider themselves caretakers of those who struggle.

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Coping with Verbal Abuse This Christmas

Coping with Verbal Abuse This Christmas

You can't take a holiday from coping with verbal abuse. Not even Christmas makes the abuse stop. Read this for tips on coping with verbal abuse this Christmas.

Christmas is celebrated as a time of peace and joy, but for anyone coping with verbal abuse, the holiday season can be quite the opposite. Perhaps you’re forced to spend time with a manipulative or criticizing family member you wouldn’t normally see, or maybe the emotional vampire lives under your roof. Either way, verbal and psychological attacks can become more frequent and intense over the holidays, causing anyone in the firing line to become drained and withdrawn. Here’s why abusers act worse at the holidays, and how to cope with verbal abuse when it begins.

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How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

ADHD and homelessness are connected. Why is this true? What's it about ADHD that creates the risk? Understand the link between homelessness and ADHD--read this.

While some people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are wildly successful, a recent study shows that there could be a connection between ADHD and homelessness. I am fortunate to have friends, family, and other resources to keep a roof over my head if necessary. Still, I have a faint fear about ending up in a state of destitution. A large part of it is the sense of panic that comes with having ADHD, a creeping fear that, one day, your life will collapse around you. Because of that, it does not surprise me that some people with ADHD become homeless.

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I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

Bipolar disorder can erect an invisible barrier preventing me from doing things. Learn more about this invisible bipolar barrier and effects.There are so many things that I want to do during the day but I can’t do them due to the invisible barrier of bipolar disorder. When I try to explain that to people, it’s almost impossible. I just can’t do things. It’s like I’m weighed down with 1000s of pounds. There’s an invisible barrier that bipolar disorder erects between me and what I want to do.

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The Depressing Side of Chronic Pain

The Depressing Side of Chronic Pain

The Depressing Side of Chronic Pain

It’s so hard living with something that people can’t see from the outside–constantly feeling the need to justify how you feel or act towards others. Being someone with both mental and physical health problems have left me on a rollercoaster of never feeling like I’m good enough.

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My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

Life with social anxiety is hard every day, whether I'm grocery shopping or socializing. Learn tips for living life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) here.My life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) isn’t much of a life. When faced with strangers, my social phobia causes me avoid physical proximity, eye contact, and small talk. Though normally well-spoken, the attention of others causes me to stumble over my words. Thoughts of job interviews or parties send me into a panic. I am often frightened when faced with a crowd. Daily life with SAD is unnerving and often unpleasant.

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