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Fighting Back Against the Mental Illness Stigma

Fighting Back Against the Mental Illness Stigma

Mental illness can be difficult to talk about. Creating awareness for mental health can help reduce the stigma.

Have you ever felt guilty for having a mental illness? I definitely have. When I reveal to someone that I have depression, my heart starts to beat fast and my hands get clammy. What are they going to think? Are they going to scoff at what they consider a weakness? Are they going to cut ties with me altogether? This is one of the scariest situations someone with mental illness has to face.

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Avoid Aggressive Rapid Cycling with Coping Skills

Avoid Aggressive Rapid Cycling with Coping Skills

Rapid cycling with aggression isn't fun. Feeling like you can't escape your anger can trigger worse episodes. Learn coping skills to avoid aggression here.

Rapid cycling is already hard enough, but when it comes down to a never-ending feeling of aggression, you have to find coping mechanisms to get that anger out. Mental illness episodes don’t always have to be difficult, it’s just about finding the right coping skills to manage aggression from rapid cycling.

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Life After Depression Treatment: A New Type of Struggle

Life After Depression Treatment: A New Type of Struggle

My life after depression treatment isn't as easy as I'd hoped. I struggle with bad habits developed during depression, but I'm getting better. And so can you.

Life after depression treatment isn’t what I thought it would be. I always thought the depression would fade away after my treatments concluded. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) had brought me out of a non-functional state. After transitioning to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I was feeling even better. My medications were finally working. I was no longer numb. I was capable of emotion again. At last, it seemed like the depression was finally gone. But life after depression treatment wasn’t all roses.

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Borderline and Relationships: The Fear of Abandonment

Borderline and Relationships: The Fear of Abandonment

Borderline and relationships are a tough pair to manage. Do you feel like no one can relate to your struggle with the fear of abandonment? Check this out.

Unfortunately, borderline and relationships just don’t seem to go hand in hand. Everywhere you look there’s talk of how it just won’t work and your constant fear of abandonment will only leave you controlling and dependent. Sometimes all you can feel is alone. Relationships with borderline are tough.

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Introduction to Jenny Capper, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Jenny Capper, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Jenny Capper, new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation" talks about her struggles with depression and anxiety. Read about Jenny Capper.My name is Jenny Capper, and I am now co-authoring Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I am so honored to be writing for HealthyPlace. I have been struggling with major depression and anxiety for 12 years. It is my hope that sharing my experience with mental illness will help you or your loved one feel understood and not alone.

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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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My Mental Health Goals for This Year

My Mental Health Goals for This Year

My mental health goals for this year include dealing with motivation and abandonment. I think therapy can help me meet my mental health goals. What about you?

I’m setting mental health goals because nothing is better than getting a fresh start and feeling confident about the new year. I love watching everyone push to find new resolutions that they’re excited about. My mental health goals this year are to gain more self-control, work on overcoming paranoia in my relationship and get into therapy.

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The Depressing Side of Living with Chronic Pain

The Depressing Side of Living with Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain makes me feel like I'm not good enough. Chronic pain takes so much from my life--more than my mental illness. Do you know how I feel?

It’s so hard living with chronic pain–something that people can’t see from the outside–and 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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Couples Counseling Made Me Realize I Have Problems Of My Own

Couples Counseling Made Me Realize I Have Problems Of My Own

Couples Therapy Made Me Realize I Have Problems Of My Own

In my last post, I talked about my upcoming trip to couples counseling with my boyfriend. I voiced my fears that couples therapy could be detrimental to the relationship because maybe there were more problems than I thought. I realized that rather than us having problems together, we both suffered a lot of trauma separately that created imagined problems in our head. Although I was right about the imagined problems, couples counseling opened my eyes to my own problems and gave me incentive to continue with individual therapy.

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Couples Therapy: Should I Be Scared?

Couples Therapy: Should I Be Scared?

Couples therapy is scary because it can make or break a relationship. But learning to open up in couples therapy can heal many mistakes, so it may work for us.

Therapy is always a scary thing, but when you’re going into couples therapy with the person you love, it can take on a whole new level of intimidating. I have decided to take the step of asking to go to couples therapy with my boyfriend–is going to couples counseling the right decision?

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