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How to Talk to a Supervisor About Mental Illness

How to Talk to a Supervisor About Mental Illness

Talking to your boss about mental illness is intimidating. Thinking on these two factors beforehand can ensure you have a productive talk with your boss. Watch.

Many Americans are scared to talk to a supervisor about mental illness or disclose their mental health condition at work to anyone for fear of career damage or termination. Suffering in silence, ironically, means your work may also suffer. Poor performance leads to intensified anxiety and other symptoms as you worry about your job security and assignment quality. So what do you do? How do you talk to a supervisor about mental illness?

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Introduction to Mikaela Mariner, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Introduction to Mikaela Mariner, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Mikaela Mariner has had struggles with mental illness and relationships but she learned from it. Read about how mental illness has affected her relationships.My name is Mikaela Mariner and I am the new coauthor of Relationships and Mental Illness. I am here to speak on the reality of mental illness and the importance of relationships. With only a few years of recognizing my anxiety and depression, my biggest takeaway thus far is my ability to identify when my mind is trying to take over. Being married to my best friend has been a huge help for me and my primary inspiration to help others. You could say I’ve always been a writer but it wasn’t until recently that I learned exactly what it is I’m supposed to be using my craft for; realizing how to utilize it was a monumental step in my journey.

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Ways to Support Your Non-Anxious Spouse If You Have Anxiety

Ways to Support Your Non-Anxious Spouse If You Have Anxiety

How well do you support your non-anxious spouse while dealing with your anxiety disorder? If you're falling short, here are three tips to help you. Take a look.

Supporting your non-anxious spouse is important. Living with anxiety is a daily challenge for relationships, including marriage. Maneuvering through simple situations can lead to intense worry that distracts from the joy of a wonderful marriage. But like clockwork, your non-anxious spouse rises to the challenge with unwavering support. But what happens when tragedy strikes and the anxious spouse must become the rock? How can you support your spouse when you have anxiety?

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Introduction to Brittany Clements, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Introduction to Brittany Clements, Author of ‘Relationships and Mental Illness’

Author of "Relationships and Mental Illness" Brittany Clements talks about her generalized anxiety disorder and how mental illness impacts her relationships.I’m Brittany Clements and I’m thrilled to join the Relationships and Mental Illness blog at HealthyPlace. While I wasn’t officially diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (our generalized anxiety disorder test) until my late teens, it’s a condition I’ve undoubtedly struggled with my entire life, exacerbated by an accompanying diagnosis of epilepsy.

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Bipolar Disorder and Honoring Commitments to Yourself

Bipolar Disorder and Honoring Commitments to Yourself

You know when you feel accomplished honoring commitments to yourself? Yesterday was one of those days for me: I wrote for a few hours in my local coffee shop; I did some grocery shopping and cooking; and I called by therapist and my psychiatrist for appointments. I was most pleased by making plans with my treatment team because I’d fallen off for a while and the calls made me feel like I was getting back on track. I’d also stopped going outside to write, so getting out of the house for a period of time was an accomplishment in itself. You may wonder, to what do I owe this burst of self-care energy and why did I honor these commitments to myself. Well, I did it for a man. (What?)

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Choosing Abstinence During Bipolar Recovery

Choosing Abstinence During Bipolar Recovery

Sex serves many positive functions in a relationship, but you may choose abstinence during bipolar recovery anyway. Sex can bring people to a new level of intimacy, it can provide a physical stress release, or it can simply be about expressing a mutual sexual desire (What Is Healthy Sex?). In spite of these functions, sex can be damaging at times, particularly at various stages of bipolar disorder. Choosing abstinence during bipolar recovery can be a way to remove a trigger from your emotional life.

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When Your Roommate Has Bipolar Disorder

When Your Roommate Has Bipolar Disorder

When your roommate has bipolar disorder, there are things to consider. Though the effects of mental illness affect those who suffer most acutely, they also cause significant consequences to those friends and family. Those effects can be felt more acutely by those who live with someone suffering with a mental illness. When your roommate has bipolar disorder — or any other mental illness — they may, unwittingly, be responsible for taking care of you and managing their own reactions to your symptoms (Effects of Bipolar Disorder on Family and Friends).

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Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

A mental health relapse is entirely possible during the holidays. Family, and the history with your family, can trigger a mental health relapse. Read this.

A family-related mental health relapse becomes more possible in the days approaching Halloween and the winter holiday season. You see, for those of us with mental illness, these holidays may be filled with dread rather than joy and anticipation. Likely, some of our issues with coping emanate from family situations, and we may experience triggers that can cause a mental health relapse when around our family. Many emotions can cause mental health relapse, particularly when experienced during a holiday period full of expectations and various personalities (Anatomy Of A Mental Health Relapse).

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Forming Healthy Relationships During Mental Illness Recovery

Forming Healthy Relationships During Mental Illness Recovery

Forming healthy relationships isn’t easy in mental illness recovery when I’m experiencing symptoms of my bipolar disorder because I’m known to behave badly. Well, not necessarily badly per se, but differently than I’d behave if I were completely healthy. At times, my behavior affects myself and at other times it affects forming healthy relationships with the people around me. These relationship mistakes have sometimes caused me to lose friends and alienate acquaintances. But when I work towards forming healthy relationships during mental illness recovery, it leads to greater understanding and better connections (Why Healthy Relationships Matter).

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When Social Media Relationships are Good for Mental Illness Recovery

When Social Media Relationships are Good for Mental Illness Recovery

Much has been written about the damaging effects of social media on relationships, including the breaking up of marriages and dissolution of friendships. Obviously, the behaviors that lead to these situations are likely to be harmful for people recovering from mental illness. However, social media relationships can be good for mental illness recovery in certain situations. It is important to realize when those healthy relationships occur and how to take advantage of them.

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