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Talking to Children About Mental Illness Stigma Is Important

Talking to Children About Mental Illness Stigma Is Important

When you help children understand mental illness stigma, then you've done a good thing for their recovery. Find out why we need to talk about stigma with kids.

In the first part of this three-part blog, I wrote about what stigma can look like for children and how it affects them, as well as your first step as a parent or guardian to a child in this situation, which is to make sure you are not inadvertently stigmatizing your child. In this part, let’s take a look at ways you can help your child or children understand the mental illness, stigma, and self-stigma.

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Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder Takes Time

Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder Takes Time

Treating binge eating disorder takes longer than most of us would like. Here, I share my experience of binge eating treatment and the long road to recovery.

I always knew that treatment for binge eating disorder wouldn’t happen overnight. What I didn’t know, however, was how much time binge eating disorder treatment would take. Finding freedom from binge eating disorder is usually not a linear path and takes time along with patience to get through.

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Introduction to Emma-Marie Smith, Author of ‘Verbal Abuse in Relationships’

Introduction to Emma-Marie Smith, Author of ‘Verbal Abuse in Relationships’

Emma-Marie Smith has experienced verbal abuse in a previous relationship. Learn about Emma-Marie Smith's experience with verbal abuse and healing.I’m Emma-Marie Smith, and I’m proud to be joining the Verbal Abuse in Relationships blog here at HealthyPlace. A few years ago, I met a man who was charming, intelligent, and good looking. My family liked him, my friends liked him, and he did all the things a good boyfriend does. He bought me flowers, left love notes under my pillow, and was always proud to introduce me to his friends and colleagues — but that wasn’t the whole story. The verbal abuse began weeks into our relationship and lasted for almost two years.

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Bipolar Medication Side Effect: Loss of Sexual Pleasure or Arousal

Bipolar Medication Side Effect: Loss of Sexual Pleasure or Arousal

Loss of sexual pleasure or loss of sexual arousal can be a bipolar medication side effect. Learn why this side effect matters and what to do about it.Recently, I’ve lost my ability to become sexually aroused/experience sexual pleasure because of my bipolar medication. You’d think of all the possible side effects, this wouldn’t be that bad. After all, I could be constantly dizzy and nauseous, gaining weight or having blood sugar/pressure problems. So, loss of sexual arousal/pleasure because of bipolar medication must be a walk in the park then. Well, I’m not finding it that way.

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Learn Habits to Reduce ADHD Symptom-Related Problems

Learn Habits to Reduce ADHD Symptom-Related Problems

Changing habits to reduce ADHD symptom-related problems isn't easy, but it's worth it. Here's how I work with Adult ADHD to make it more manageable.

I have a disability called adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD causes many symptom-related problems that I must learn to manage. For instance, if you are blind, you prepare an environment and create habits that make the disability more manageable. I am approaching the disability of ADHD by transforming my environment and creating habits that reduce the problems caused by my ADHD symptoms.

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Weight Gain Caused By Medication for Schizophrenia

Weight Gain Caused By Medication for Schizophrenia

Weight gain caused by medication is a cruel side effect. After fruitlessly fighting weight gain caused by my schizoaffective medication, I now choose not to.Weight gain caused by medication is a reality. I have schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I take an atypical antipsychotic medication for schizoaffective disorder that causes extreme weight gain. Although many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who take medications similar to mine make heroic efforts to fight the weight gain, I’ve come to accept it—although it’s been harder to accept that I need the medication in the first place.

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How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

It's possible to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis, even though crises increase anxiety. Read to learn how to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis.

When dealing with a crisis, it can be difficult to stay calm and anxiety-free. After all, “crisis” implies catastrophe, disaster, and sometimes even near-Armageddon. In reality, a crisis can be of any size or nature and is something that causes distress to those involved. Facing any type of crisis can create new anxiety where none existed before, and it can aggravate existing anxiety and anxiety disorders. While it’s natural to experience heightened anxiety during a crisis, it’s not a rule. You can stay calm and anxiety free in a crisis. Here’s how to do it. 

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My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

My Final Post on ‘Coping with Depression’

Tiffanie Verbeke, author of the Coping with Depression blog, shares her final thoughts on feeling like a mental health fraud and achieving mental health.I published my first post for the Coping with Depression blog here at HealthyPlace a full year ago. Today, I publish my last. Since that first, scary click of the Publish button, I’ve read fresh takes on my coping ideas, and I’ve challenged myself to think of depression in new ways. My experience writing for the Coping with Depression blog has rocked my tiny, blue world. I’ve realized a couple of valuable things during my year with HealthyPlace.

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The Future of Mental Health Education

The Future of Mental Health Education

We need to make mental health education mandatory in public schools. Healthy adults start in the classroom, and there's no reason why the US can't do it.

The future of mental health education is, unsurprisingly, a popular topic here at HealthyPlace. That’s because it’s largely absent from the national curriculum, even though nearly 20% of children show signs of mental illness each year. 1 Approximately 60% of those children don’t receive mental health treatment. The future of mental health education is important.

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The Phrase Eating Disordered People Love to Hear

The Phrase Eating Disordered People Love to Hear

There’s a phrase that eating disordered people love to hear. This phrase can validate the person’s disorder, so we must be careful not to say it. Read this.There’s a phrase that eating disordered people love to hear. We must be careful because this phrase can validate the person’s disorder. When you’re struggling with an eating disorder, food and body image weigh on you all day long. Your mind whispers and screams commands about food or exercise and berates you when you can’t follow them perfectly. You have a slew of unrealistic expectations for yourself to live up to. Then you must factor in other people. Sometimes the people who love us can unintentionally validate our eating disorder with this one phrase that eating disordered people love to hear.

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