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How to Build Self-Esteem After a Breakup

How to Build Self-Esteem After a Breakup

The end of a romantic relationship can lead many of us to think negatively about ourselves. But there are ways to build self-esteem after a breakup. Find out how.

Rebuilding your self-esteem after a breakup can be tough, as anyone who has gone through a rough breakup knows. During this difficult time, we can end up convincing ourselves that we are the only ones who have done wrong, focusing on – and exaggerating out of proportion – our negative actions and weaknesses. A breakup can lead us to believe that we are without value if our self-worth was tied to the relationship. In order to avoid this distorted perspective, it’s important to take a reality check and learn how to build self-esteem after a breakup.

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How to Ask for Help for Dissociative Identity Disorder

How to Ask for Help for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Help for dissociative identity disorder is out there, but asking for it can be scary and triggering for someone with DID. Learn what you can do to manage.

It can be very difficult to ask for help for dissociative identity disorder (DID). People with mental health struggles, including people with DID, often need help and support from people on the outside, whether it be doctors, therapists, family, or friends. Sometimes, it is obvious to others that we need help (Dissociative Identity Disorder Signs and Symptoms). But what happens when we need help for dissociative identity disorder and have trouble asking for it?

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis

Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis can collide. Learn how to tell apart typical PTSD symptoms from the rarer symptoms of PTSD associated psychosis.

Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis? What do you think of when you hear the term “psychosis?” Most people know that it is a serious mental illness symptom that involves a radical disconnection from objective reality. Not everyone knows, however, that sometimes having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to psychosis.

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An Anxiety Relief Exercise That Uses Your Body as Resource

An Anxiety Relief Exercise That Uses Your Body as Resource

Anxiety relief exercises focus on getting rid of your tension. This anxiety relief exercise uses your body as a resource of calm, not nervous energy. Try it.

Anxiety relief exercises often draw your attention to the anxiety itself. But this one uses your body as a resource to calm anxiety (Ignore Anxiety–Pay Attention to What Anxiety Is Not). Your body is one of the most important resources you can use to treat anxiety. What does it really mean to use the body as a resource? Learn more and try this anxiety relief exercise.

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Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms May Be Soothed with Vitamins

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms May Be Soothed with Vitamins

Alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms can be brutal for those with a substance use disorder. Vitamins can help. Learn which vitamins to take and how they help.

Alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms can be extremely difficult, but vitamins may help people with substance use disorders by possibly easing withdrawal symptoms. Treatment methods range from quitting cold turkey to hospitalization. Sometimes medications can be prescribed to ease withdrawal symptoms (Opioids Withdrawal: How Bad Is It? Symptoms, Treatment). However, one concern for people trying to get clean is becoming dependent on another substance. It is always important to check with your doctor when considering alternative treatment so they can review your medical history and specific situation. For the scope of this post, I will cover the use of vitamins B and C for alcohol and opiate withdrawal symptoms.

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Toxic Relationships: Friend and Family Estrangement

Toxic Relationships: Friend and Family Estrangement

Toxic Relationships, Friend and Family Estrangement

Toxic relationships don’t typically begin as such; they develop with time, often leading to loss of friends and family estrangement (See how abusers isolate victims). Of course, they don’t begin this way because if you met a potential partner that made you swoon but then informed you that you’d likely lose all of your best friends and family members because of him or her, well, that’s an easy deal-breaker. So why do we ever allow toxic relationships to lead to friend and family estrangement?

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Finding Motivation for Recovery from Mental Illness

Finding Motivation for Recovery from Mental Illness

Motivation for recovery from mental illness can sometimes falter, but you can bring it up again and keep your life moving forward. Here's how I stay motivated.

The motivation for recovery from mental illness depends on the individual, so it is important to find reasons in your life to stay motivated. Recovery can be a long and bumpy road, but those reasons will give your journey purpose. Setting goals can give you something to look forward to and keep your life moving forward. Here are some of the reasons I stay motivated in recovery from mental illness.

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Identify Unhealthy Behavior Patterns for Your Mental Health

Identify Unhealthy Behavior Patterns for Your Mental Health

Unhealthy behavior patterns can prolong mental illness symptoms. Awareness of your mental illness and your patterns helps you recover from your mental problems.Unhealthy behavior patterns sneak up on all of us, especially if you have a mental illness. By using awareness and reflection to uncover your unhealthy behavior patterns, and then using your patterns to recover from mental illness, you’ll amplify your recovery process. If you are not aware of your unhealthy behavior patterns and tendencies, if you are not aware of what triggers you to feel depressed, anxious or mentally ill in any way, then there is no way to recover from it.

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How to Stop Dehumanizing People with Addiction

How to Stop Dehumanizing People with Addiction

Dehumanizing people with addiction is commonplace and creates treatment barriers. Learn what dehumanizing people with addiction means and how to stop it.

Dehumanizing people with addiction is something many people do without thinking about it. For example, when someone says “addict,” there are probably a few images that readily come to mind and descriptors to go along with those images — crackhead, drunkard, nasty, degenerate, the list goes on. This is the stigma of mental illness at play as preconceived notions and dated ideas of what it means to have an addiction take over our perception. When we let that happen, we’re dehumanizing people with addiction. This happens with all kinds of addiction, too.

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ADHD and Video Games: Will Gaming Harm Your Child with ADHD?

ADHD and Video Games: Will Gaming Harm Your Child with ADHD?

ADHD and video games raise important questions. How safe is gaming for a child with ADHD? Can parents use video games to improve behavior? Learn about it here.Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and video games: How much screen time do you allow your child with ADHD? I ask because parents of children with ADHD have a love/hate relationship with video games. They can be a huge motivator for our kids. They provide us with rare quiet times. Yet, we’re often shamed based on how much screen time our kids get. Using screens is often viewed as poor parenting. I’ve even been told video games cause my son’s ADHD (Stigma Against Parents Who Raise a Child with Mental Illness). These days, asking me about my child’s screen time will elicit the same response as asking me about my weight. I will lie about it, then I’ll go home and cry.

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