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Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

A mental illness, like schizoaffective disorder, in your spouse can be challenging. Learn how to help a spouse with schizoaffective disorder here.I have learned that helping a spouse with schizoaffective disorder is not trivial. I have been married for almost eight years now to a woman named Hannah, we have a beautiful four-year-old daughter and I always thought that our life was perfect. However, two years ago, Hanna was diagnosed with anxiety and schizoaffective disorder, and everything changed. It is really hard to live with a person, who is dealing with such problems and I see how they affect our daily lives and our daughter. We no longer have that spark, tenderness and trust. Very often, we simply don’t have topics to discuss as my spouse with schizoaffective disorder can remain silent for days or disappear for hours.

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Three Mistakes I Made in Bulimia Recovery

Three Mistakes I Made in Bulimia Recovery

Everyone makes mistakes during bulimia recovery. Learn from my three bulimia recovery mistakes so you don't make them too.If you are new to bulimia recovery, mistakes will happen. You might already feel overwhelmed, thinking, “Where the heck do I start, and can I even make it there?” Learning from someone else’s mistakes in bulimia recovery is sometimes the best thing you can do to avoid making the same mistakes. In this post, I want to share with you my three learned-in-recovery lessons so you can avoid the mistakes I’ve made in bulimia recovery and cut the “recovery curve.”

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Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Prescription pain medication addiction is more common than you think. Read one man's story of how he became addicted to pain medications prescribed to him.Prescription pain medication addiction can happen more quickly than you can imagine. Here is my story of being addicted to pain medication.

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Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

It can be difficult to be in a relationship with someone with schizophrenia. Read tips on having a successful relationship with one with schizophrenia.Relationships with schizophrenia are complicated. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a lot of things suddenly made sense and a lot of things were instantly out of place. For instance, my relationship with friends and family got complicated. As first, I didn’t know if I should tell them. I was afraid of how they might react. The same was true for meeting new people. When do I tell them? Should I tell them? What if I scare them away? The word “schizophrenia” carries a stigma after all.  Stacked on top of this was the fact that I have always been more of an introvert by nature. Being told I was schizophrenic didn’t help. Instead, it became a justification for me to withdraw and refrain from being social. My relationships have been altered by my schizophrenia.

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How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Supporting someone who suffers from bipolar disorder can be a difficult and challenging experience. Having lived with two people who suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, I’m only now starting to figure out how to help people with bipolar disorder. It’s taken years for me to understand how their ailment affects their way of thinking and how best to help them when they have emotionally intense episodes.

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Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

How to help your child with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is not in any parenting manual. Helping your child with OCD is almost impossible when you don’t know about it yourself.

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The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

We’re celebrating the inaugural video of our first HealthyPlace YouTube vlogger, Hannah Blum, with a fun giveaway. Hannah has bipolar 2 disorder and she’ll be sharing not only her story but, in the weeks to come, she’ll be talking about many different aspects of living with a mental illness. Her first official video post is this coming Monday morning. You’ll definitely want to check that out.

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Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders — 5 Critical Parts

Family-Based Therapy for Eating Disorders — 5 Critical Parts

Family-based therapy for eating disorders is one of the most productive forms of treatment for adolescents, particularly those with anorexia nervosa, as well as various forms of bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and extremely picky eating.

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How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments

Autism (now known as autism spectrum disorder) treatments in the United States are changing and new autism treatments are available. Autism is one of the most prevalent mental conditions affecting both children and adults in the United States today. The amount of diagnoses has skyrocketed in recent years from an estimated 1 in 166 during 2006, to an estimated 1 in 68 today. As we learn more about how autism works and affects individuals, autism treatment has changed markedly in the United States. Here is a look at some of the different and most changed autism treatment methods.

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Tips for Handling Grief in a Healthy Way

Tips for Handling Grief in a Healthy Way

Handling grief healthily can be challenging. One of the hardest things people have to deal with during a lifetime is the loss of a loved one. When a traumatic event like this happens those left behind may have a difficult time processing their grief. As a result, they keep their feelings bottled up or in extreme cases turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to ease the pain. Although all may seem lost and hopeless, there are positive ways to embrace grief. Read these tips for handling grief in a healthy way to learn how.

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