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Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Using mental illnesses as insults is unfair to that person and to those with mental illness. Find out why we must stop using mental illnesses as insults now.

Using mental illnesses as insults is invalidating and harmful. These days, it’s hard to go far without coming across the topic of mental health and mental illness. Considering it’s still such a taboo subject that people shy away from, this seems like something we should be rejoicing over as advocates and activists — and I would, but for the fact that it’s still being spoken of in negative, stigmatizing words. Although people are mentioning mental illness seemingly more and more, all it’s doing it adding to the already existing stigma since mental illness is being used to insult people.

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Tips to Manage DMDD in the Classroom and Beyond

Tips to Manage DMDD in the Classroom and Beyond

DMDD in the classroom is tough to manage. Read tips parents can share with teachers and other school caregivers to make managing DMDD in the classroom easier.Managing disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) in the classroom isn’t as simple as knowing how to prevent DMDD behaviors. Yet parents of children with DMDD are often expected to have immediate solutions for teachers and caregivers in our children’s lives. Symptoms of DMDD are tough for even parents to handle, and immediate solutions don’t exist, but there are doable small steps that can help manage DMDD in the classroom.

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Self-Care in Recovery from Addiction Has Three Parts

Self-Care in Recovery from Addiction Has Three Parts

Self-care in recovery from addiction can be broken down into three parts. Learn more about self-care in recovery with ideas you can use to love yourself.

If you ignore self-care in recovery from addiction, you’re putting yourself at risk for relapse. So, are you burning the candle at both ends or do you make everything else a priority, always putting yourself on the back burner? Not making self-care in recovery from addiction a priority is dangerous because self-care is the foundation we build our recovery on. We are learning to love and respect ourselves by practicing mindfulness, living in moderation, implementing healthy boundaries, improving sleep patterns, eating healthily and exercising. Self-care in recovery from addiction must be a priority and can be broken down into three parts.

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Anxiety Decreases and Confidence Increases: How Do You Do It?

Anxiety Decreases and Confidence Increases: How Do You Do It?

Increase confidence and anxiety will lessen. That's usually the way it happens. But confidence and anxiety disorders can exist together. Here's what to do. If you’re struggling with confidence and anxiety, then feeling self-confident and safe in the world around you is hard. Your brain is stuck in a stress-response mode, making you feel overwhelmed and uneasy. Anxiety isn’t a choice; it’s due to your biology, your environment and past experiences in the world that trigger doubt or fear. The more we know about the science of anxiety or anxiety disorders and what contributes to our level of distress, the more confident we become in our ability to overcome it.

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Fight January Depression with Creativity

Fight January Depression with Creativity

January depression may be part of the winter blues, but depression in January doesn't have to keep you down. Get back up using your creativity. Learn more here.

January depression can be difficult (as depression can be during other winter months), but creativity can help you fight depression and hopefully find some ways to enjoy winter with depression. After the holidays, it can be hard for some of us to get back into the mundane day-to-day routine, and depression may only exacerbate that feeling. Finding creative ways to counteract January depression is essential if we’re going to find pleasure in our daily lives, especially during the bleakness of winter.

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Recovery After My First Schizophrenic Episode

Recovery After My First Schizophrenic Episode

Recovery after my first schizophrenic episode was scary. With the help of family and friends, I recovered after my schizophrenic episode, and you can too.

Recovery after my first schizophrenic episode crosses my mind each year in January. I like this time of year. Not only is the craziness of the holidays over, but everyone seems to slow down for a few months. Of course, I still have to be careful at this time of year because of my seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But I think I like January because, in January 1999, I recovered after my first schizophrenic episode.

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Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Anxious negative thoughts can be a thing of the past when you change your focus. Reduce anxiety and change anxious negative thoughts by doing this one thing.

Anxious negative thoughts play a huge role in the worries, fears, and what-ifs of all types of anxiety. In turn, the worries, fears, and what-ifs fuel anxious negative thoughts. The relationship between our thoughts and our anxiety is complex, enmeshed, and downright unhealthy for us. That said, you are neither a victim nor a prisoner of your anxious negative thoughts. Despite how it might seem, you can change how you think and reduce anxiety in the process by making one shift.

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Your Eating Disorder Recovery Story: Share It Responsibly

Your Eating Disorder Recovery Story: Share It Responsibly

Are you ready to share your eating disorder recovery story? Here's how to responsibly share your eating disorder recovery story and bring hope to others.

Talking about your eating disorder recovery story and your struggles with an eating disorder can feel intimidating, exposing, or overwhelming. But when you reach a stable, consistent place in eating disorder recovery, that inner nudge to share your eating disorder recovery story is often disarming, healing and empowering—both for yourself and others.

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When PTSD and Intimacy Collide: What Really Happens?

When PTSD and Intimacy Collide: What Really Happens?

PTSD and intimacy issues can impact both new and long-term relationships. How does PTSD affect intimacy? What do partners need to watch for? Learn here.

Difficulties with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and intimacy are common, regardless of the nature of the trauma leading to PTSD. A quick search of the Internet will return dozens of links to websites regarding PTSD and intimacy and the challenges PTSD presents in maintaining intimate relationships. There is a flood of information regarding trust issues, poor communication, closeness, violence, sexual dysfunction, and more. However, in my case, all the facts and statistics do is cause my eyes to glaze over without really getting to the point. In an intimate relationship, partners usually come to understand each other’s behaviors. What really happens in a relationship when PTSD and intimacy collide?

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How Online Therapy for Anxiety Can Help You

How Online Therapy for Anxiety Can Help You

Online therapy for anxiety disorders can be very effective, despite the myths. Discover why online therapy for anxiety treatment may be especially effective.

Online therapy for anxiety can help relieve the stress of searching for a therapist. When you’re in an anxious state, finding a good therapist can feel daunting. If you find someone, it may take weeks for an appointment. Many are turning towards the convenience of online therapy. And for people with anxiety, there are particular aspects of online therapy that can be helpful.

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