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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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Coping with Psychotic Symptoms: Hallucinations

Coping with Psychotic Symptoms: Hallucinations

Coping with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations have been the scariest part of my struggle with schizoaffective disorder. Learn ways to cope at HealthyPlace today. You can get through these tough psychotic symptoms successfully. Take a look.

Coping with psychotic symptoms is very difficult. It can be terrifying and hard to cope when you lose touch with reality. My auditory and visual hallucinations have been the scariest part of my struggle with schizoaffective disorder. My hallucinations come in the form of ghosts and spirits and have caused me a great deal of anxiety over the years. Here’s how I’ve learned to cope with psychotic symptoms.

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The Effects of Stressful Life Events on My Mental Illness

The Effects of Stressful Life Events on My Mental Illness

Stressful life events such as moving, college, and motherhood can impact our mental health. It's important to learn how to cope with stressful events in life.

Stressful life events play an enormous role in mental health issues; the connection between stress and mental illness is strong. There have been a few stressful events in my life that have really affected my mental illness symptoms. Moving, college, and motherhood have had the biggest impact on me. Some of these events took place before I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia, and some took place after. Here’s what happened and how I coped with these stressful life events.

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A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A daily journal benefits mental illness recovery in many ways. Processing your thoughts and emotions via mental health journaling can help you recover sooner.

A daily journal becomes a powerful tool when it comes to mental illness recovery because it allows you to get out of your head and onto paper. Oftentimes when someone is recovering from mental illness, they spend a lot of time alone or feeling lonely (even if they are around other people), and he or she is usually in his or her head with his or her thoughts. When you are able to write down your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, and what you are going through, something magical happens. You find so much clarity and peace in that practice, one of the many mental health benefits of journaling. Keeping a daily journal will aid your mental illness recovery.

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What It’s Like to Hear Voices

What It’s Like to Hear Voices

What's it like to hear voices? Recovering From Mental Illness blogger Becky Oberg discusses what it's like to hear voices and gives advice on how to fight back.Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hear voices? Hearing voices is a classic symptom of schizophrenia. The bad news is, they’re sheer torture. The good news is, medication can help–I haven’t heard voices in several years. But for those of you who wonder, here’s what it’s like to hear voices.

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Video Game Addiction: How to Recognize and Recover From It

Video Game Addiction: How to Recognize and Recover From It

Video game addiction is a real addiction for me and many others. Here's advice on how to recognize and recover from video game addiction. Take a look.

While not an official mental health diagnosis, video game addiction is very real (Addicted to Video Games). This is embarrassing to admit, but I did nothing yesterday but play a Facebook game. I began to question whether I had a video game addiction and how to recover from it. Here are some signs that help to recognize a video game addiction and tips on how to recover from it.

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How to Deal with a Therapist’s Absence

How to Deal with a Therapist’s Absence

My therapist will be taking a leave of absence for most of January due to major surgery. We spent the last session planning what to do since we won’t be meeting for about a month. I have other people on my treatment team I can check in with, but not everyone is so fortunate. This made me realize it might be a good idea to write about how to deal with a therapist’s absence.

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Seasonal Depression Remedies to Try This Year

Seasonal Depression Remedies to Try This Year

Seasonal depression exists but so do seasonal depression remedies. Seasonal depression exists in my part of the world, where winter brings with it subzero temperatures and short hours of sunlight. This can make even the most chipper of us feel down. Whether it’s winter blahs or full-blown seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it’s not fun to experience, and sufferers want to get better quickly. I’ve recently had a bout and here’s my three things to try for seasonal depression.

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Holiday Making You Depressed? Here Are Three Things to Try

Holiday Making You Depressed? Here Are Three Things to Try

If your holiday is making you depressed, you should know this is actually pretty common. While it is a mental health myth that the suicide rate goes up during Christmas, that does not negate the fact that many people find the holidays to be a drag. It’s okay to feel that way–holidays are a stressful time, and our culture demands a “perfect” holiday so anything that falls short may seem like a personal failure (What Is Holiday Depression?). But the good news is you don’t have to have a “perfect” holiday, and there are things to try if your holiday is making you depressed.

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How to Cope with Self-Harm Thoughts

How to Cope with Self-Harm Thoughts

Do you know how to cope with self-harm thoughts? Self-injury is a highly stigmatized behavior that is common among people with borderline personality disorder. Self-injury is never a healthy coping skill, and people thinking of self-harm should fight against it by using healthy coping skills. But what healthy coping skills should one use? Here are ways to cope with self-harm thoughts.

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