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Low Self-Esteem and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Low Self-Esteem and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

I have low self-esteem and schizophrenia. Is my low self-esteem because of schizophrenia? I just don't trust my brain 100% and don't know if I ever will.

I have low self-esteem and schizophrenia (schizoaffective disorder). Unfortunately, I often feel very low self-esteem. I don’t know if it’s because of my schizoaffective disorder, but the schizoaffective disorder sure doesn’t help.

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Why Does Social Media Make You Depressed?

Why Does Social Media Make You Depressed?

Does social media make you feel depressed? You aren't alone! Learn reasons why social media can make you feel depressed and what you can do about it here.

How does social media make you depressed when spending time on social media can be a fun way to pass time? Social media can be an efficient way to stay in contact with friends and see what’s going on in their lives. It can be enjoyable to share what’s going on in our own lives. But when we’re depressed, it can be easier to just stay in and spend time on our social media sites rather than rather than spending time offline, e.g. going jogging outside or meeting up with friends in person. Yet when we’re already feeling depressed, social media can cause us to feel even more depressed. I’ve discovered a few reasons for why social media makes you depressed and what you can do about it.

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Ten Ways Substance Abuse Treatment Benefits Your Life

Ten Ways Substance Abuse Treatment Benefits Your Life

Substance abuse treatment benefits of inpatient programs include support, changing your mindset and more. Learn about substance abuse treatment benefits here.

Going to substance abuse treatment benefits addicts and makes your life so much better. I know that it did for me. It was a life-changing experience that improved nearly every aspect of life that I can think of. Addiction controls how one thinks, feels, and behaves. That makes it nearly impossible to stop using without professional help. It is often recommended that people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol attend an inpatient addiction treatment facility. Making the leap from addiction to recovery isn’t easy, but it brings with it many significant benefits that are hard to overlook. Consider these ten ways that substance abuse treatment benefits your life.

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Is It Anxiety or a Medical Condition?

Is It Anxiety or a Medical Condition?

Do you have anxiety or a medical condition? Or both? Learn many of the medical conditions that share anxiety's symptoms and find out what to do about them.Is it anxiety or a medical condition? It can be hard to tell because anxiety can feel miserable throughout the entire body, and symptoms can be frightening enough to cause people to wonder if they have anxiety or a medical condition. Not knowing what your symptoms mean can increase existing anxiety or cause new anxieties and worries.  Of course that can worsen physical symptoms and in turn increase worries. Worrying whether you have anxiety or a medical condition can become a vicious cycle of worry, physical discomfort or pain, and worsening mental- and physical health. Knowing what medical conditions share symptoms with anxiety can help you sort out the healing approach that is best for you.

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Self-Compassion and Self-Esteem Both Help Our Wellbeing

Self-Compassion and Self-Esteem Both Help Our Wellbeing

Self-compassion and self-esteem are both important to our wellbeing. Some psychologists say that self-compassion is superior to self-esteem, but that's untrue.

Self-compassion and self-esteem both help us develop ourselves and create wellbeing. But some psychologists argue that we should focus on practicing self-compassion because it is superior to building self-esteem.1 Dr. Kristin Neff is a well-known proponent of this view. She believes that trying to raise your self-esteem can lead to major downsides, including narcissism, anger and resentment. But while it may be true that we could all benefit from self-compassion and should avoid these drawbacks, this doesn’t mean we should ignore self-esteem. It can still play a vital role in our wellbeing.

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Common Barriers to Recovery from PTSD Explained

Common Barriers to Recovery from PTSD Explained

Barriers to recovery from PTSD are commonplace. Learn about two common barriers to recovery and discover why compassion for trauma survivors is important.

There are barriers to recovery from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Mental illness recovery often begins as an uphill battle. It doesn’t help that aside from difficult symptoms, those of us living with one or more mental illness also have to combat stigma and wide-spread misinformation–all while navigating a mental healthcare system that often favors the wealthy. Recovery from PTSD is saddled with some very specific barriers. In fact, treatment-resistance is actually a symptom of PTSD. If you or a loved one are struggling to recover from trauma, please hold back from judgement. There are reasons for treatment-resistant PTSD behaviors; you or your loved one are not at fault.

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The Codependent Love Addict and Verbal Abuse

The Codependent Love Addict and Verbal Abuse

Codependent love addicts hold behavior patterns that make them compatible with verbal abusers. Learn more about those patterns and the hope for treatment here.

Verbal abuse and the codependent love addict often go hand in hand. There are several different types of love addicts such as the obsessive love addict, the sex addict, the relationship addict, the codependent love addict and the narcissistic love addict. Some of the different types even complement one another like magnets with opposite charges, an obvious attraction with a force difficult to interrupt.  The codependent love addict pairs both painfully and perfectly with the narcissistic love addict. Verbal abuse is a routine offense for a narcissist in a relationship and accepting abuse is typical for a codependent love addict. Discovering the signs and symptoms of a codependent love addiction may be illuminating as well as an important step toward recovery.

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Never Give Up Hope: Lessons from Football on Mental Health

Never Give Up Hope: Lessons from Football on Mental Health

Never give up on hope. Even the last 10 seconds of a football game can prove the impossible can be made possible--if you never give up on hope. Check this out.

Never give up hope. Sometimes in your life, it comes down to seconds, before you feel like the whole world is going to fall apart–your whole body is filled with disappointment and you don’t know if you can keep on fighting. That was me, along with the million other fans, yesterday during the Minnesota Vikings vs New Orlean Saints playoff game. But with 10 seconds left, a miracle happens that reminds me that if you never give up hope, what you may think is impossible can change everything.

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Does Your Identity with Mental Illness Hurt Your Recovery?

Does Your Identity with Mental Illness Hurt Your Recovery?

Your identity with mental illness hurts your recovery. You are more than your mental illness. Learn how I changed my identity with mental illness and recovered.Your identity with mental illness can hurt your recovery. Many people identify with suffering from a mental illness and it becomes a part of who they are. This identity with their mental illness can hurt their recovery as they become so attached to the mental health label they do not know who they are without it. Being depressed, anxious, and mentally unwell in any capacity is how they know and see themselves. They cannot fully recover because they are carrying this part of themselves so close, they cannot or don’t know how to let it go.

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Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Using mental illnesses as insults is unfair to that person and to those with mental illness. Find out why we must stop using mental illnesses as insults now.

Using mental illnesses as insults is invalidating and harmful. These days, it’s hard to go far without coming across the topic of mental health and mental illness. Considering it’s still such a taboo subject that people shy away from talking about, this seems like something we should be rejoicing over as advocates and activists — and I would, but for the fact that it’s still being spoken of in negative, stigmatizing words. Although people are mentioning mental illness seemingly more and more, all it’s doing it adding to the already existing stigma since mental illness is being used to insult one another.

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