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Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Introduction to Jennifer Smith, Author of ‘Coping with Depression’

Jennifer Smith, new author of 'Coping with Depression,' talks about how it took a near suicide attempt to get her diagnosed with depression.I’m Jennifer Smith, and I’m thrilled to be writing for Coping with Depression at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with major depression in January 2017. This came as a result of a near suicide attempt which required inpatient psychiatric care. I had struggled with depressive episodes throughout my life, but this was a much more severe event. Up until this point, I had been adept at attributing my depression to simple moodiness or just being tired. I had adopted routines and methods of hiding my depression from others, and the result s of that nearly cost me my life. I am currently on medication and in therapy, and I am learning how to cope with my depression in healthy ways rather than ignore it.

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No, My Child Does Not Have PANDAS, He Has a Mental Illness

No, My Child Does Not Have PANDAS, He Has a Mental Illness

PANDAS symptoms resemble signs of some mental illnesses. People sometimes insist my son has PANDAS, but that only stigmatizes a mentally ill child. Here's why.Well-intentioned people often suggest that my child with mental illness isn’t actually mentally ill. They insist he has an underlying medical condition. Lately, it’s pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). To those who interject these suggestions without invitation into a conversation about mental illness, know it can be more harmful than you think.

Note: I am not an “expert”, nor am I writing this in a professional capacity. I am a parent on my own journey, which is where this blog comes from.

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How to Talk About Mental Health With Loved Ones

How to Talk About Mental Health With Loved Ones

Talking about mental health, especially when mental illness is involved, can be difficult. Read for tips on how to talk about mental health and avoid stigma.

Some people aren’t sure where to start when they want to talk about mental health or illness with a loved one. Knowing how to talk about mental illness is important, but broaching the subject can be difficult for all parties involved. Whether you’re on the mental illness or mental wellness side of the equation, stress over the talk can lead to not having the conversation at all or going about it all the wrong way. Is there a good way to talk about mental health?

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How to Talk to a Supervisor About Mental Illness

How to Talk to a Supervisor About Mental Illness

Talking to your boss about mental illness is intimidating. Thinking on these two factors beforehand can ensure you have a productive talk with your boss. Watch.

Many Americans are scared to talk to a supervisor about mental illness or disclose their mental health condition at work to anyone for fear of career damage or termination. Suffering in silence, ironically, means your work may also suffer. Poor performance leads to intensified anxiety and other symptoms as you worry about your job security and assignment quality. So what do you do? How do you talk to a supervisor about mental illness?

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Think Binge Eating Recovery Isn’t For You? Remember This.

Think Binge Eating Recovery Isn’t For You? Remember This.

Do you feel binge eating recovery isn't for you? That you don't deserve it? If so, read this. Binge eating recovery is for you, and you do deserve it.While active in my binge eating disorder, I thought “Recovery isn’t meant for me” because I could not imagine what a life free of my binge eating disorder could look like. Sometimes I think I didn’t even want to. I thought my behaviors were keeping me sane, so why would I want to envision living in any other way? I was certain binge eating disorder recovery wasn’t for me.

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Emergency Plans for Mental Health Crises Will Help Your Child

Emergency Plans for Mental Health Crises Will Help Your Child

Emergency plans for mental health crises help you help your child. Find out how to prepare and emergency plan for psychiatric crises here.

According to our emergency plan for mental health crises, I had to call the police. After melting down for an hour, my daughter with bipolar disorder had locked herself in the bathroom threatening to kill herself. Knowing the signs of suicide, my daughter and I (with the help of her therapist) had created a safety contract—she violated it by locking herself away from me—I had to call according to the emergency plan for mental health crises.

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Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

If acceptance is key to effective anxiety treatments, then we must come to terms with anxiety being part of who we are. How can we do that? Read this.Without acceptance as part of our anxiety treatment, the number of ways to treat anxiety, including meditation, medication, repetitive activities, and cognitive behavioral therapy won’t work well. We are all different and experience anxiety in different ways. This means each anxiety management method has its own pros and cons for each of us, yet no anxiety treatment can be completely effective without one key ingredient: Acceptance. 

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Diagnosed With Schizophrenia in School Away from Home

Diagnosed With Schizophrenia in School Away from Home

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at school away from home. It was a terrifying time in the 1990s that I don't care to relive. Here's why.

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in school during 1998. I’ve spent the time since then rebuilding my life while getting re-diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder along the way. I remember that period as a terrible time for me and it doesn’t get any happier as American culture launches a nostalgia kick for the 1990s. I’ll always love Tori Amos’ records, but it’s not a time I want to revisit. Falling into a psychotic episode changed me forever and, although I love my life now, I don’t want to reminisce about the terrified person I became when I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia at school.

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What Causes Anxiety? 10 Reasons Why You Are So Anxious

What Causes Anxiety? 10 Reasons Why You Are So Anxious

What causes anxiety? Why am I anxious? Those common questions led to researchers identifying ten possible causes of anxiety. Learn what causes anxiety here.

What causes my anxiety? Why am I so anxious? As if anxiety itself weren’t bad enough, not knowing what causes anxiety can make matters even worse. It’s natural to want to know just what is making you feel the worry and fear of generalized anxiety disorder, the dread of people and social situations of social anxiety disorder, the unease of separation anxiety disorder, the frights of phobias, or the death-grip of panic disorder/panic attacks. Knowing what causes any type of anxiety can be an important part of the puzzle and can help you move forward. 

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The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

 

A common response to anxiety is to try to make it go away. But trying to make anxiety go away won't get you far. Read this and change your response to anxiety.

Our mind’s response to anxiety affects our self-esteem, sense of control, and how we see the world around us. When we experience anxiety symptoms, our feelings and thoughts get so wound up in the body’s stress response that we may want to run. We want to shed this thing that won’t leave us alone. In my own struggle with anxiety, I’ve found a seemingly counterintuitive response to anxiety that helps me shift my experience and reduce anxiety.

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