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Couples Therapy: Should I Be Scared?

Couples Therapy: Should I Be Scared?

Couples therapy is scary because it can make or break a relationship. But learning to open up in couples therapy can heal many mistakes, so it may work for us.

Therapy is always a scary thing, but when you’re going into couples therapy with the person you love, it can take on a whole new level of intimidating. I have decided to take the step of asking to go to couples therapy with my boyfriend–is going to couples counseling the right decision?

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The Financial Struggle of Seeking Mental Health Help

The Financial Struggle of Seeking Mental Health Help

Getting mental health help during financial struggles is difficult. This is about my family's financial struggle and how you can find mental health help.

During periods of financial struggle, getting mental health help is a big issue. There seems to be no way to pay for mental health services, even though you need help. When you look into finding a psychiatrist, you realize it’s hard to find one in your price range. What other mental health care options do you have if you’re financially unstable? Is there any mental health help for those who struggle financially?

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The Difference Between Being Depressed and Having Depression

The Difference Between Being Depressed and Having Depression

Being depressed and having depression are two separate things. Learn the differences between being depressed and having depression so you get the right help.

The difference between being depressed and having depression is the difference between sadness and a mental illness and may be the most common misconception about mental illnesses. You could have just went through financial troubles, went through a break-up, had a death in the family, or maybe lost some friends; there are plenty of reasons you could relate to things on HealthyPlace–this does not necessarily mean you have a mental illness. Let me explain about being depressed and having depression.

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Breaking Mental Health Routines Makes Moving Homes Difficult

Breaking Mental Health Routines Makes Moving Homes Difficult

Breaking mental health routines to move to a new home scared me. I panicked. But I came to grips with my fear, and I am not scared to start over. Read my story.

Breaking mental health routines can be hard. Nobody likes moving homes; it’s never easy packing up everything you own to start over somewhere new. But it’s even more difficult knowing you’re going to have to break your mental health routines, the routines that keep you sane, and start all over again.

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Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental Illness in Youth: How It Can Start, Clues It Is There

Mental illness in youth can come across as a phase your child will outgrow, but kids don't grow out of mental illness. How do you see mental illness in youth?

Mental illness in youth can be triggered by many life events and it’s not always easy to spot. After all, when you’re a child, you’re constantly discovering new emotions. But where do we draw the line? When do we decide that it’s a little more than just the common emotions of growing up? The quicker we see mental illness in youth, the better.

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Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar’s Racing Thoughts Can Bring Up Bad Memories

Bipolar's racing thoughts can bring up repressed memories. It's best to face those memories and bipolar's racing thoughts head on. Here's how I cope.

One of the hardest symptoms of bipolar disorder is racing thoughts. These racing thoughts can lead to flashbacks of things you’ve tried to forget. When I’m manic, I’m left with little-to-no sleep because I just can’t seem to shut my mind off. I’m left reliving every bad thing that has happened to me and I begin to obsess about everything that could happen to me. Bipolar’s racing thoughts are hard to deal with.

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Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Goodbye to ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith says goodbye to the 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation' blog audience.

Due to changes in my work commitments, this will be my final post for Mental Health for the Digital Generation at HealthyPlace. I’ve very much enjoyed my time blogging about mental health for HealthyPlace and am saddened that I won’t be able to continue.

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Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

Dealing with Mental Illness in the Workplace Isn’t Easy

If you have to deal with your mental illness in the workplace, you know the difficulty in being open about it. Here's how I communicate my triggers at work.You can’t turn off your mental illness in the workplace. I am a server. Although this pays the bills, it triggers a lot of an emotional and physical stress. Unfortunately, almost all of us will have to find some sort of income to survive in today’s society, but what happens when you’re faced with the constant pressure and stress of having a mental illness in the workplace?

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Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Practical Self-Care Tips for Mental Illness

Try some of these practical self-care tips on your worst mental health days. They're easy and soothing for times where you can't motivate yourself to take care.

Practical self-care tips are important not just for your mental health, but for your physical health as well, but they’re harder to do on a tough mental health day. Many popular self-care routines involve taking care of, and often pampering, the body such as taking a bath, applying a face mask, drinking a cup of tea, or working out. However, these activities aren’t always feasible for someone having a bad mental health day. Try these practical self-care tips on bad mental health days to rest and recharge.

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Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Shelby Tweten, mental health advocate and new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation," talks about living with mental illness. Read more here.My name is Shelby Tweten and I’m the new coauthor of Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I have struggled with mental illness as long as I can remember. I am diagnosed with bipolar type II as well as borderline personality disorder, but I was wrongly diagnosed for years. I first went to therapy when I was eight years old. Originally labeled as depressed, when I was 14, I was put on medication that later threw me into a medically-induced manic episode. After being diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17, I decided to audition for American Idol. On the show, I talked about my struggle with bipolar and how music helped me get through it. With all that going on and still being in high school, staying on medication was hard for me. When you’re good, you think you’re fantastic, which leads you to think you can handle life without your medication. This is wrong.

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