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Setting Boundaries at Work When You Have Depression

Setting Boundaries at Work When You Have Depression

Setting boundaries at work is important for your health, but it's hard to do. If you have depression and need help with setting boundaries at work, visit HealthyPlace and learn how to get what you need to succeed with depression at work.

Setting boundaries at work is important, but, as someone with depression, I have often struggled to set boundaries. It’s an important part of self-care when you’re depressed, but it’s not always easy, especially at work. You need to advocate for yourself, but you also don’t want to risk being fired, and if you also have an anxiety disorder like me, that might be a very real fear. That being said, if you are proactive and communicate clearly and professionally, you can successfully set boundaries at work and be happier and healthier for doing so.

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Balancing Emotional Needs with Relationship Responsibilities

Balancing Emotional Needs with Relationship Responsibilities

Emotional needs and relationship responsibilities can conflict, especially when you have a mental illness. Learn why balance is important at HealthyPlace; discover how to balance emotional needs with your relationship expectations and what to do if you can't.

Balancing one’s emotional needs with the responsibilities of any kind of relationship is one of the hardest aspects of being someone with a mental illness in a positive relationship. Where is the tipping point where one takes too heavy a toll on the other? How do you deal with emotional needs in your relationship?

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Seeking Approval from Others Hurts Your Self-Esteem

Seeking Approval from Others Hurts Your Self-Esteem

Seeking approval from others and relying on their opinions to build your self-esteem is dangerous and unhealthy. Visit HealthyPlace to learn why determining your worth on your own is healthier than seeking approval from others.

The habit of seeking approval from others can destroy your self-esteem. When people around you are concerned that you have low self-esteem or that you always harshly criticise yourself, they will want to point out all of your likable characteristics and virtues. These comments may come from a place of care and support and may be just what you need to snap out of negative self-talk. However, there is also a risk of relying on these self-esteem boosts from others in order to feel good about yourself. If you want to gain and maintain a stronger form of self-esteem, it’s vital to determine your own self-worth and to stop seeking approval from others.

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When Self-Harm Is for Attention

When Self-Harm Is for Attention

Kayla Chang, author of the blog "Speaking Out About Self-Injury," talks about the stereotype of self-harm as attention-seeking behavior, and the partial truth that exists within this stereotype.

You see this stigma of self-harm for attention played out in TV shows, movies, and often even in real life: A person engages in self-harm. This behavior is noticed by another person, either because the self-harmer has confessed or wears visible scars. People debate among themselves about whether this self-harming behavior warrants confronting the person and/or seeking professional help for the person. Then, as if on cue, someone suggests they forget about the whole thing, and says something along the lines of, “She’s just self-harming for the attention.”

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How Feeling Helpless Helps My Trauma Recovery

How Feeling Helpless Helps My Trauma Recovery

My trauma recovery progressed when I accepted my helplessness. Learn how feeling helpless can help us recover from trauma at HealthyPlace, and discover why not being in control of everything is good for you.

Feeling helpless helps my trauma recovery? Yes–you read the title correctly. The subject of this article is helplessness as a form of healing. If that sounds completely counterintuitive to you, you’re not alone. I’m sure that if I had come across an article making this same claim in the past, I would have labeled it as completely ludicrous. But hear me out. If you totally disagree, you can write out your counter-argument in the comments.

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Fictive Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Fictive Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

The types of alters in dissociative identity disorder include fictional introjects or fictives. Visit Healthyplace to learn more about these DID alters and the controversy surrounding them.

There are many different types of alters in dissociative identity disorder (DID), including fictional introjects (Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder Alters). Fictional introjects, also called fictives, are alters that are based off of fictional people or characters. While not as common as other types of alters, fictives are just as important. So how do these fictive alters in DID form, and what is their purpose?

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Help for Mood Disorder Symptoms in Schizoaffective Disorder

Help for Mood Disorder Symptoms in Schizoaffective Disorder

Mood disorder symptoms can overtake you as quickly as psychosis in schizoaffective disorder. Find out what to do with mood disorder symptoms on HealthyPlace. Hint: You may have to reach out for help.

Mood disorder symptoms and schizophrenia make up the two parts of schizoaffective disorder. The mood disorder can be bipolar disorder or depression. I write a lot about my psychotic symptoms on HealthyPlace, but today I want to discuss my mood disorder symptoms.

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Is Crying Therapeutic for Mental Illness Recovery?

Is Crying Therapeutic for Mental Illness Recovery?

Crying is therapeutic for mental illness recovery under certain circumstances. Discover how much crying is therapeutic, or if your over-crying is making you sicker at HealthyPlace. Don't wait -- consider your crying habits today.

Is crying therapeutic for mental illness recovery? Crying can be used as an expressive mechanism to release inner turmoil. It can also be a sign of trauma and holding on to negative emotions. There are a variety of feelings and experiences associated with mental illness, and crying can be therapeutic. But, just like with anything, balance and awareness are two essential features that can help you decide how much crying is therapeutic for you.

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Finding a New Sense of Self After Heartbreak

Finding a New Sense of Self After Heartbreak

I lost my sense of self during my relationship, and I'm worried that I won't find a new sense of who I am now that the relationship is over. Join me on HealthyPlace and see how I'm discovering a new sense of self after heartbreak.

People who struggle with mental illness, especially borderline, can have a hard time keeping their own sense of self within a relationship, making heartbreak that much more painful. I know I am definitely guilty of this. How do I not feel lost when I lost such a big part of my life? As I’m still trying to process losing my relationship, I’m being forced to find a new sense of self that allows me to feel safe alone.

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Managing the Stress of Change for Your Mentally Ill Child

Managing the Stress of Change for Your Mentally Ill Child

The stress of change hits children with mental illness especially hard. How do you help them manage changes? Find answers at HealthyPlace and help your children stress less over changes big and small starting today.The stress of change can be difficult for any child, but for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, the stress of change hits harder. They often can’t predict their own behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, so it makes things worse when they can’t predict their environment either. Life isn’t very predictable, though, so how do we help our children with mental illnesses better manage the stress of change?

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