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Change Your Self-Esteem and Improve Your Life

Change Your Self-Esteem and Improve Your Life

Each day is an opportunity to change your self-esteem. If you struggle with negative self-talk, insecurity or believe that it’s too late to build self-esteem you are wrong. You deserve to feel confident and happy with your life. Others may have told you that low self-esteem is impossible to change, but that is not the case at all. In fact, small shifts can lead to tremendous gains in self-esteem and I have several ways you can change your self-esteem starting today.

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About Kathy West, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

About Kathy West, Author of ‘Living with Adult ADHD’

Kathy West, new author of Living with Adult ADHD, shares her struggles with psychiatric diagnoses and how adult ADHD is affecting her life.My name is Kathy West and I am the new author of Living with Adult ADHD. I am so grateful to share my experiences with this illness and things that have helped me cope more successfully. I want to hear about your experience with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and coping strategies you have discovered. Together, I believe we can improve our lives by sharing these things with one another.

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With Bipolar, Failure Is Always an Option, Failure’s Not Bad

With Bipolar, Failure Is Always an Option, Failure’s Not Bad

Let's face it, failure is always an option for everyone, but especially those with mental illness. Learn about facing bipolar disorder and failure.I hate it when people say, “failure is not an option,” because, especially with bipolar, failure is always an option. And by saying “Failure is not an option,” people make it sound like failure is bad. But we all need to accept that failure is an option, and a viable one. We need to accept that with bipolar, failure happens.

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Is Trauma Necessary for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

Is Trauma Necessary for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

Dissociative identity disorder has been called a trauma disorder. But what if you don't remember a trauma? Is a DID diagnosis without a trauma memory valid?

Even though dissociative identity disorder (DID) is considered a dissociative disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5, many people refer to it as a trauma disorder. Much like in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with DID often have a history of trauma and/or abuse. But is trauma always a requirement for DID?

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Mental Illness Disability Benefit Slashed in Proposed Budget

Mental Illness Disability Benefit Slashed in Proposed Budget

Mental illness disability benefits are first to go when it's time to balance a budget. Some say 'it's just a mental illness'-- and that's stigma. Find out why.Like a lot of people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, I make use of the mental illness disability benefit. And I’m really scared of Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which seeks to cut funding for those who are on social security due to a disability. With all his proposed policies, I can find no other conclusion than that Donald Trump wants to punish people for being sick. But it’s not just him. When it comes to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, a lot of people don’t understand why someone wouldn’t be able to work. People don’t understand why those with mental illness would need the disability benefit.

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Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

The brain's negativity bias will cause anxiety left to its own devices. Learn about the negativity bias and some tips for getting around it to lower anxiety.

The human brain has a negativity bias, and it is partially because of this negatively skewed view of our world that we experience anxiety. Studies have shown that the brain notices the negative more quickly and more frequently than it notices the positive.1 Not only that, it reacts much more strongly to negative stimuli than to positive. When our brain automatically, on its own, gravitates toward the negative and focuses its attention there, we feel stressed and anxious. Are we doomed to anxiety because of the negativity bias?

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Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the Suicide of a Friend

Coping with the suicide of a friend is never easy, but there are things you can do to care for yourself as you grieve. Read these tips for the grieving process.

Coping with the suicide of a friend is one of the most excruciating, incomprehensible things a person can experience. It leaves behind a wound that will seemingly never heal. Read on for some information on how to cope with the suicide of a friend.

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Coping with a Breakup Caused by Mental Health Stigma

Coping with a Breakup Caused by Mental Health Stigma

Coping with a breakup is never easy, but when the reason for it is mental health stigma, the pain is especially raw. Get tips to cope with a breakup here.

Coping with a breakup after telling someone you love, whether it be a friend, family member, or romantic partner, that you have a mental illness is never easy. The scariest time is right before I tell anyone about my mental illnesses. It is always thoughts like “What if they think less of me?”, “What if they suddenly don’t want to be around me anymore?”, “They’re going to see me as a burden.” that make me anxious. You could probably name many other anxious thoughts and I could say I thought them, too. Ultimately, these fears of a breakup are based on mental health stigma, and coping with a breakup due to mental health stigma may be the most heartbreaking of all.

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Understand Trauma-Informed Care to Improve PTSD Therapy

Understand Trauma-Informed Care to Improve PTSD Therapy

Understanding trauma-informed care can assist you in making the most out of your PTSD treatment. Here is what you need to know about trauma-informed care.In the field of mental health, the phrase trauma-informed care refers to a set of standards practitioners follow when treating individuals who have experienced trauma. Trauma-informed care reduces the risk of causing inadvertent harm to or retraumatizing people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Understanding the basics of trauma-informed care can help you make the most out of your PTSD therapy.

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The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

Psychiatric medications saved my life. Before taking psychiatric medication, I experienced constant suicidal ideation due to mental illness. Now I don't.

Have you ever thought about the power of psychiatric medications to save lives? In the past few days, I was let go from one of my jobs and one of my pet rats died unexpectedly. This would be a stressful situation for anyone, but a few years ago this would have had me drunk and suicidal. But, thanks to the power of psychiatric medications, I’m sober and safe. I can deal with life’s curveballs–something I couldn’t do off my medications.

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