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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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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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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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When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

Knowing when to get rid of social media relationships is tricky. We all know them – the person in our Twitter or Facebook feed that we don’t see eye-to-eye with. Or the friend from highschool that, for some reason, annoys you with the endless pictures they post of their dog. Having so many social media relationships in so many places can stir lots of emotions, some of them good and others bad (Is Social Networking Increasing Your Relationship Anxiety?). But there are times and situations which signal you must get rid of social media relationships.

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Mental Illness and Guilt Towards Friends

Mental Illness and Guilt Towards Friends

Mental illness and guilt towards friends can impact our friendships and how we feel about ourselves. If feelings of guilt persist, they can lead to feelings of depression and can exacerbate the symptoms of our diseases. But dealing with guilt towards friends with regard to mental illness early can help you maintain healthy relationships and restore your emotional equilibrium.

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Importance of Relationships During Mental Illness Relapse

Importance of Relationships During Mental Illness Relapse

Relationships during mental illness relapse can be critical to recovery. Many people with mental illness isolate and withdraw socially as symptoms of their disease. Though it may feel comforting to disconnect from the world and withdraw into one’s own thoughts, reaching out to loved ones is a great way to reap the benefits of your relationships during a mental illness relapse.

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Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder (Video)

Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder (Video)

Many people aren’t good at relationships, particularly at the beginning.  What might be a time of excitement and optimism for the average person can turn to anxiety and depression for someone with bipolar.  In this blog post, I compare the feelings I experience during the beginning of a relationship – in this case, with Erik, a new love interest – with the mood fluctuations of bipolar disorder.

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Disclosing Mental Illness at Work & Building Support Systems

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work & Building Support Systems

Should you disclose mental illness at work, to your coworkers? This video gives benefits that can come from having a support system in the workplace.

Last week’s post on disclosing mental illness at work was very popular, so I decided to continue the topic this week.  In my video blog, I talk about telling coworkers about your mental illness and the benefits that can come from having support systems in the workplace.

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