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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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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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The Difference Between Being Depressed and Having Depression

The Difference Between Being Depressed and Having Depression

Being depressed and having depression are two separate things. Learn the differences between being depressed and having depression so you get the right help.

The difference between being depressed and having depression is the difference between sadness and a mental illness and may be the most common misconception about mental illnesses. You could have just went through financial troubles, went through a break-up, had a death in the family, or maybe lost some friends; there are plenty of reasons you could relate to things on HealthyPlace–this does not necessarily mean you have a mental illness. Let me explain about being depressed and having depression.

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Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental illness in youth can come across as a phase your child will outgrow, but kids don't grow out of mental illness. How do you see mental illness in youth?

Mental illness in youth can be triggered by many life events and it’s not always easy to spot. After all, when you’re a child, you’re constantly discovering new emotions. But where do we draw the line? When do we decide that it’s a little more than just the common emotions of growing up? The quicker we see mental illness in youth, the better.

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Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar's racing thoughts can bring up repressed memories. It's best to face those memories and bipolar's racing thoughts head on. Here's how I cope.

One of the hardest symptoms of bipolar disorder is racing thoughts. These racing thoughts can lead to flashbacks of things you’ve tried to forget. When I’m manic, I’m left with little-to-no sleep because I just can’t seem to shut my mind off. I’m left reliving every bad thing that has happened to me and I begin to obsess about everything that could happen to me. Bipolar’s racing thoughts are hard to deal with.

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Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Shelby Tweten, mental health advocate and new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation," talks about living with mental illness. Read more here.My name is Shelby Tweten and I’m the new coauthor of Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I have struggled with mental illness as long as I can remember. I am diagnosed with bipolar type II as well as borderline personality disorder, but I was wrongly diagnosed for years. I first went to therapy when I was eight years old. Originally labeled as depressed, when I was 14, I was put on medication that later threw me into a medically-induced manic episode. After being diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17, I decided to audition for American Idol. On the show, I talked about my struggle with bipolar and how music helped me get through it. With all that going on and still being in high school, staying on medication was hard for me. When you’re good, you think you’re fantastic, which leads you to think you can handle life without your medication. This is wrong.

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Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the suicide of a friend is never easy, but there are things you can do to care for yourself as you grieve. Read these tips for the grieving process.

Coping with the suicide of a friend is one of the most excruciating, incomprehensible things a person can experience. It leaves behind a wound that will seemingly never heal. Read on for some information on how to cope with the suicide of a friend.

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Summer, Social Media, and the Importance of Rest

Summer, Social Media, and the Importance of Rest

The summer months can worsen mental illness in teens and young adults, and social media certainly doesn't help matters. Learn more at HealthyPlace.com.

Do you know about the interaction between summer and social and the importance of rest? You’re not alone.

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About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith, author of 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation', shares her diagnosis of borderline as a youth and how she's overcoming her mental illness.I’m Mel Lee-Smith, and I’m excited to join the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012 when I was 18 years old. Like many borderlines, my teenage years were troubled. I grew up in a poor family; I was bullied throughout my school years for my looks; I struggled with self-harm, a poor self-image and the absence of my biological father. To cope – or perhaps distract – I engaged in impulsive, promiscuous, and dangerous habits. Despite all that, I made it my goal to get out and make a better life for myself.

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Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications

Confronting weight gain on psychiatric medications is a major problem for many people consuming these types of medicines (Weight Gain in a Pill). It is almost as if the more your mental health improves, the more weight you gain. However, psychiatric medication weight gain can be coped with.

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