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The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

Psychiatric medications saved my life. Before taking psychiatric medication, I experienced constant suicidal ideation due to mental illness. Now I don't.

Have you ever thought about the power of psychiatric medications to save lives? In the past few days, I was let go from one of my jobs and one of my pet rats died unexpectedly. This would be a stressful situation for anyone, but a few years ago this would have had me drunk and suicidal. But, thanks to the power of psychiatric medications, I’m sober and safe. I can deal with life’s curveballs–something I couldn’t do off my medications.

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Three Myths About Involuntary Treatment for Mental Illness

Three Myths About Involuntary Treatment for Mental Illness

There are many myths about involuntary treatment for mental illness (The Realities of Involuntary Treatment). Involuntary treatment is extremely controversial, and that’s an understatement along the lines of saying, “The Arctic is kind of chilly.” Part of the reason it’s so controversial is because we rarely do it for other illnesses. We prefer to let people “die with their rights.” While I’m hesitant to recommend involuntary treatment become standard operating procedure, I can discuss three myths about involuntary treatment.

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How to Recover from Perfectionism or Perfectionistic Standards

How to Recover from Perfectionism or Perfectionistic Standards

Do you know how to recover from perfectionism or perfectionistic standards? Perfectionistic standards are one of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD), according to schema therapy, which I found tremendously helpful in recovering from BPD. Basically, perfectionistic standards are standards set so high that no human can meet them. When we fail to meet these standards, we begin to think we’re failures and bad people, and that triggers our symptoms such as self-injury. But the good news is we can recover. Here are some suggestions on how to recover from perfectionism or unreasonably high standards.

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How to Recover from an Abusive Relationship

How to Recover from an Abusive Relationship

Do you know how to recover from an abusive relationship? No one wakes up one day and says, “I think I’ll fall in love with someone who abuses me.” Most relationships don’t become abusive, and most abusive relationships don’t become abusive until the relationship is well-established. And lack of violence does not mean lack of abuse (Effects of Emotional Abuse on Adults). Breaking it off is the most dangerous part, but what comes after that? Do victims know how to recover from an abusive relationship?

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How the Government Can Help People With Mental Health Issues

How the Government Can Help People With Mental Health Issues

The government can help people with mental health issues. I am on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and run a small freelance writing business (How To Get Disability Benefits For Mental Illness). Until recently, I could not get insurance because of my schizophrenia being a pre-existing condition, which forced me to stay on disability so I could get Medicare and Medicaid so I wouldn’t be wiped out again if I were hospitalized. This meant I had to watch my income. So I have plenty of ideas about how the government can help people with mental health issues.

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Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder Is Possible

Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder Is Possible

Recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD) is possible. I’m living proof. Recently, I ran across some old Facebook posts about moving into my own apartment and getting my own cell phone. That may not seem like much, but to me it’s a huge victory. I am in recovery from borderline personality disorder–and I was once written off as a hopeless case. If I can recover from borderline personality disorder, so can you–you just need to find the right therapy, put in the effort, and recognize the small victories.

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Three Myths about Child Sexual Abuse

Three Myths about Child Sexual Abuse

There are many myths about child sexual abuse but I’m going to focus on three (What Is Child Sexual Abuse?). Three myths about child sexual abuse are that all abused children tell someone, all victims of childhood sexual abuse have physical trauma, and all victims of childhood sexual abuse will grow up to become sex offenders. Let’s take a closer look at these child sexual abuse myths.

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Self-Injury: What Few People Know About Self-Harm

Self-Injury: What Few People Know About Self-Harm

There are three things few people know about self-harm, also known as self-injury. Self-injury is rarely discussed in our society. Mental illness is rarely discussed, and self-injury is even more stigmatized. Virtually every website that discusses self-injury has the word “secret” in it, as do movies about it and books about it. Here are three things few people know about self-injury.

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Should the U.S. Ban Conversion Therapy?

Should the U.S. Ban Conversion Therapy?

Should the U.S. ban conversion therapy? Recently, I received an email asking me to sign a petition demanding the Federal Trade Commission ban conversion therapy, also known as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” and “sexual orientation therapy.” This therapy, which has been discredited by nearly every medical, psychiatric, and psychological organization, claims to be able to turn a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) person into a heterosexual (Cure the Gay: Gay Conversion Therapy – Real or Hoax?). When you read what this therapy involves–the Southern Poverty Law Center claims it uses “violent role play, reenactment of past abuses, and exercises involving nudity and intimate touching” –it’s hard to see why it’s allowed. But should the U.S. ban conversion therapy?

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Anti-LGBTQ Laws Negatively Impact Mental Health

Anti-LGBTQ Laws Negatively Impact Mental Health

It’s clear that anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) laws negatively impact mental health. Recently several states have passed laws harmful to the LGBTQ community. These laws reinforce the stigma attached to being LGBTQ and hurt people. Rooted in fear, these laws contribute to the higher rates of mental illness and suicide in the LGBTQ community. In this video, I explore these laws.

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