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Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption affected my mental health since I found out I was adopted at 5. Ultimately, adoption affected my mental health positively, but there were dark times.

Adoption affected my mental health through the years, but it also caused some problems. For one, not knowing your biological parents can make self-discovery very confusing, as you have a lot of questions about where you came from and who would have raised you. Here’s my story about how adoption affected my mental health throughout my childhood and how my perspective on myself and my life have changed.

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How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

When you don't have control over something, anxiety can quickly rise. Even so, you can cope when you don't have control. See these tips to control anxiety.A large part of my experience with anxiety has been linked knowing I don’t have control and my fear of instability. While I know that I can’t control everything, these coping techniques for both rational and irrational fears have helped me avoid anxiety. The one thing therapy taught me is that I can cope with anxiety even if I don’t have control.

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Using Creative Outlets to Cope With a Stressful World

Using Creative Outlets to Cope With a Stressful World

Creative outlets help you cope with stress. Finding creative outlets for stress doesn't have to add stress. Here are some ideas for coping in a stressful world.

At work, many of us don’t consider using a creative outlet to cope with stress, but we often stress out about our actions and whether we are adhering to guidelines. Sometimes the stress follows us home and causes us to feel restricted about what we can or should do. But part of leisure time can include being creative—having hobbies that help us find ourselves, know ourselves, express ourselves, and set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. Read this article to learn about how to find and use creative outlets to cope with stress at work.

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What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

What to Do About Depression and Emotional Detachment

Emotional detachment in depression can hurt your recovery and relationships. Understanding emotional detachment and depression can help change this. Learn how.One of the scariest symptoms I’ve experienced has been emotional detachment in depression. I’ve witnessed it in other people since I was young, and at times I start feeling detached from situations where I think I might get hurt. Understanding the symptom of emotional detachment in depression helps me work through it.

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Surviving Negative Thoughts That Make Me Cry Myself to Sleep

Surviving Negative Thoughts That Make Me Cry Myself to Sleep

Surviving negative thoughts that make me cry myself to sleep isn't easy. Watch this video to learn how I survive my negative thoughts and how you can too.All of us need to learn how to survive negative thoughts. Some days, we want to just start over. We want to forget who we are and who we were because we feel stupid, embarrassed, or unaccepted. Sometimes we just hate ourselves. All of these limiting beliefs hold us back from succeeding or even living. Here’s how to survive these negative thoughts.

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Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Family drama can impact mental illnesses like depression, changing relationships for the worse. You need family drama survival skills. Find them right here.I find survival skills for family drama and mental illness are critical. Some families are simple while others can feel messy. My family is the latter. Fighting among family feels like the norm (Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues). Dealing with family drama and mental illness at the same time can feel like too much to handle at once. I’ve had to try out some survival skills to deal with family drama when I feel it affecting my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety.

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Depression Myths I’ve Learned to Ignore

Depression Myths I’ve Learned to Ignore

Depression myths can hurt, especially when they interfere with depression identification and treatment. Learning how to ignore these harmful myths can help.Depression has been a part of my life since I was 12, and sometimes I think I’ve heard every depression myth in the book. Unfortunately, a lot of depression myths are prevalent because they are perpetuated in media and sometimes even affect our loved ones. Learning to tune out myths about depression helped me understand myself more.

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Celebrity Suicides Affect Us More Than We Realize

Celebrity Suicides Affect Us More Than We Realize

Celebrity suicides hit us harder than we think they do. Around 9:00 p.m. on July 20th, I logged onto Facebook and saw status updates about celebrity suicide with the words “Linkin Park”, “suicide”, and “RIP, Chester.” Suddenly, my body froze. The dark lyrics from Linkin Park’s most popular songs flooded my head. Celebrity suicides affect us more than you might think.

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Beauty Confidence Does Not Have to Cost a Pretty Penny

Beauty Confidence Does Not Have to Cost a Pretty Penny

Many women think that the price of beauty confidence costs a lot. They think that by spending more money on makeup and clothes, they will feel better about themselves. While I agree that spending money can help and we should always take good self-care and occasionally treat ourselves, some people (myself, included) spend an unnecessary amount of money on our appearance when we could use that cash for other pleasures and necessities. Beauty confidence is so much more than how you look.

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The Struggles of Dating with Depression

The Struggles of Dating with Depression

Dating is hard, but dating with depression comes with its own struggles. Read this to learn about some of the issues mental illness poses in relationships.

It’s hard to find love, and dating with depression feels impossible sometimes. Dating with depression comes with unique struggles in addition to the usual ones. I’ve struggled with identifying bad relationships, asking the right questions, and so much more (Depression Makes Social Interaction Stressful). Thankfully, recent realizations have provided relief, so I’m hopeful that dating with depression will improve.

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