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How to Face Down Your Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

How to Face Down Your Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

Do triggers in eating disorder recovery make it hard to keep a recovery mindset? Facing down eating disorder triggers is a non-negotiable part of recovery. Visit HealthyPlace and learn to fight back against the triggers making eating disorder recovery difficult.

Learning to face down your triggers in eating disorder recovery is non-negotiable. A trigger is any form of content, behavior, topic or event which exacerbates a trauma or mental illness, and today’s culture is saturated with them. In a society that endorses the harmful message of ideal bodies, clean diets and extreme fitness, the pressure to cave into those triggering beliefs is enormous—and if you’re susceptible to an eating disorder, that urge can feel overwhelming. Triggers in eating disorder recovery are ingrained in the broken systems of this world, so triggers can’t be avoided entirely. So while it’s unrealistic to pretend they don’t exist, there are coping methods you can utilize to navigate triggering situations with a healthy mindset that won’t risk your progress in recovery.

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A Day in the Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder

A Day in the Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Life with dissociative disorder includes confusion, anxiety, and switching almost every day. If you wonder what life with dissociative identity disorder is like, or if your experience with DID is normal, then visit HealthyPlace for DID insight now.Life with dissociative identity disorder (DID) is most likely different than you’ve imagined. Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories or seen the movies portraying us as killers, psychopaths, crazies, or dangers to society. Perhaps if you have been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, you might have compared your experiences with DID to that of others, wondering if your symptoms are “right” or if you’re “normal.” People are curious about the disorder because of the common misconceptions about DID. What is real and what is concocted? What is a day in the life of someone with dissociative identity disorder truly like?

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False Assumptions About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

False Assumptions About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There are many false assumptions about PTSD and the people who live with PTSD. Are you making false assumptions about PTSD and the people living with it? Get your PTSD facts straight at HealthyPlace. Read this.

There are some false assumptions about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that people continue to make, and they make me want to hand out informational brochures on PTSD myths. Especially bothersome are the misconceptions rooted in PTSD stigma. Let’s take a look at some of the more common examples of false assumptions about PTSD.

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10 Ways Mental Health Recovery Develops Great Entrepreneurs

10 Ways Mental Health Recovery Develops Great Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who experience mental health recovery are well-equipped with many of the traits successful business owners need. Discover how mental health recovery makes you a better entrepreneur at HealthyPlace.

The traits of successful entrepreneurs are closely linked to what I learned in mental health recovery. You see, my life came to a complete standstill in my early 20s when I was first diagnosed with bulimia and schizoaffective disorder. In the throes of my mental illnesses, my life had come crashing down around me. I wasn’t working. I wasn’t going to school. I wasn’t doing anything. The process of mental health recovery gave me a second chance, and psychiatric medication gave me the ability to function again. And in this second chance, I find many of the traits I developed in mental health recovery also develop entrepreneurs.

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Hidden Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

Hidden Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

The costs of raising a child with special needs or mental illness go deeper than medication and doctor bills. Hidden costs cause great financial hardship to families. Learn more about the costs of raising children with special needs / mental illness at HealthyPlace.

The costs of raising a child with special needs or childhood mental illness are a financial burden. In addition to the most obvious financial costs of raising a child with special needs, there are also the hidden costs of parenting our children. These financial costs can weigh upon the entire family and push parents of special needs children to the brink.

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What Is Rumination in Depression and How Do You Deal with It?

What Is Rumination in Depression and How Do You Deal with It?

Rumination in depression is common, and people with depression commonly ruminate on very negative things. It can be difficult to deal with rumination in depression recovery. Visit HealthyPlace and learn what depressed ruminations are and how to deal with ruminations in depression.

Rumination in depression (both unipolar and bipolar depression) is common, and it is typically a negative thing. Doctors will ask about ruminations as will therapists; but what is rumination and how do you handle rumination in depression?

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Benefits of Social Media for Mental Health Support

Benefits of Social Media for Mental Health Support

Mental health and social media aren't always at odds. People who lack a mental health support system at home can use social media to find support and encouragement as they battle mental illness. Learn about this benefit of social media to mental health at HealthyPlace.

When we think of social media and mental health, it tends to be a negative association. There are countless studies and stories about people developing depression or anxiety because of their time spent on social media. However, there’s another side to the story of mental health and social media.

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Is Coercive Control the Same as Verbal Abuse?

Is Coercive Control the Same as Verbal Abuse?

Coercive control is hard to distinguish from other forms of relationship abuse. Is it necessary to define coercive control separately from verbal and emotional abuse? Learn what coercive control is and how it relates to domestic violence here, at HealthyPlace.

There is a growing awareness around coercive control, as well as umbrella terms like verbal and emotional abuse. This is partly thanks to the UK law that was passed in 2015 (carrying a prison sentence of up to five years for perpetrators), and also due to celebrities speaking out as part of the #metoo and #timesup movements. Although no such progress has been made in the US in terms of legislation, this is still a step in the right direction; it’s the start of our cultures taking lesser-known forms of domestic violence more seriously and recognizing the devastating effects of verbal abuse (as well as other types of abuse). So what exactly is coercive control, and how does it differ from other forms of abuse in a relationship?

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Dealing with Fatigue at Work When You Have Depression

Dealing with Fatigue at Work When You Have Depression

Fatigue at work due to depression is a common problem, but that doesn't make it any less troublesome. You can successfully manage fatigue at work using these long-term and quick fix tips to deal with it on HealthyPlace. Take a look.

Fatigue at work often interferes with your job when you have depression. When you are constantly exhausted, it’s hard to focus on your job, and depending on what you do, this can be dangerous. If fatigue because of depression at work is a problem for you, it’s important to take steps to manage it. In this post, I will go over habits to establish to help you manage exhaustion, as well as some quick tips for dealing with fatigue at work.

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ADHD and Writing: Challenges and Strategies

ADHD and Writing: Challenges and Strategies

ADHD makes writing difficult. Learn more about why ADHD makes writing so hard, dysgraphia, poor working memory, and steps those with ADHD can take to make writing easier at HealthyPlace.

Writing with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) poses a challenge to both children and adults living with the disorder. Many with ADHD struggle with dysgraphia, a learning disorder that makes writing difficult on several levels. Problems range from the physical act of writing to organizing essays. After discussing ADHD and creativity in my last post, I wanted to go into more depth about why writing with ADHD can be so hard and what we can do about it.

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