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Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

You may be able to manage self-harm urges with the Calm Harm application, or app. Recently, a counselor shared this app with me. Calm Harm, a British app, is designed to help people of all ages deal with self-harm urges. It mainly does this by inviting the user to “ride the wave”–self-harm, the app says, is like a wave–strongest when you want to do it, and then weaker with time. The app then provides suggestions, a timer, and feedback on how you handle self-injury. It’s an interesting app for anyone, but I cannot recommend it strongly enough for someone who struggles with self-injury. Here is how you can manage self-harm urges using the app.

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Therapy Works If You Put In the Effort

Therapy Works If You Put In the Effort

Therapy works if you put in the effort. Recently I learned that my brother, an active alcoholic, agreed to go to counseling. I hope and pray that it helps. But he has issues with therapists and the last time he went to counseling he held it all in, so nothing changed. That’s not helpful at all and is a waste of time. It’s like the joke about how many therapists it takes to change a light bulb: “Only one, but the bulb has to really want to change.” Therapy works if you put in the effort–but if you don’t, the best therapist in the world won’t be able to help.

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Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Recently I got mental health advice from a tarot reading. I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical about tarot (Alternative Mental Health Information). But recently I got a reading that was empowering. The reading had three pieces of mental health advice I will share since they’re good for everyone to know.

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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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Pokemon Go Can Help Mental Illness Recovery

Pokemon Go Can Help Mental Illness Recovery

Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery. Unless you’ve been living under a Kabuto the past few weeks, you’re aware that Pokemon Go has gone viral (How a Video Game Gave Me My Life Back). But did you know Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery? Here are three ways Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery.

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Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-injury can be addictive but you can recover from self-harm using the 12 steps, among other ways. Because self-harm helps us feel better, even if it is a negative coping skill, it can become a habit. We can become powerless over self-injury. But, like any addiction, a 12-step program can be useful in fighting self-harm behavior and aid self-harm recovery.

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Can Diet Affect Mental Health?

Can Diet Affect Mental Health?

Can diet affect mental health? I went vegetarian for Lent this year. One thing I noticed is how much better I felt–I wasn’t exhausted in the morning, I had more energy than normal, my head felt clear, and my mood was pretty much even all the time. It left me wondering “Can diet affect mental health?” And, if so, what dietary changes do we need to consider?

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How Gut Health Affects Mental Health

How Gut Health Affects Mental Health

Do you know how gut health affects mental health? My psychiatrist once told me that gastroenterologists call the gut “the second brain” because it has such a powerful impact on one’s mental health. For example, constipation (a side effect of many psychiatric medications) can cause the body to kick into fight-flight-freeze mode, which causes racing thoughts, fear, and panic (Mental Health And Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts). So it is important to know how gut health affects mental health.

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How Community Service Affects Psychiatric Symptoms

How Community Service Affects Psychiatric Symptoms

Do you know how community service affects psychiatric symptoms? It’s a paradox–serving others is ultimately one of the best things you can do for yourself (Volunteering To Build Self-Esteem). Community service affects psychiatric symptoms with a healing power that should not be overlooked. Community service affects psychiatric symptoms by helping a person realize that his/her problems are not as catastrophic as he/she might believe, that he/she can make a difference in the world, and that love is one of the most powerful forces on earth.

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Reasonable Expectations, Healthy Goals and Mental Illness

Reasonable Expectations, Healthy Goals and Mental Illness

Want to be successful in your mental illness recovery? See how setting healthy goals and creating reasonable expectations makes a big difference. Read on.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m in the process of raising money for a mission trip to Kenya. There are several obstacles, but I’m guardedly optimistic (How Not to Expect Too Much From Yourself). This opportunity–and the challenge that comes with it–made me think about healthy goals and reasonable expectations when recovering from mental illness. I’ve come to three conclusions.

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