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Bipolar Depression and Trying to Exercise

Bipolar Depression and Trying to Exercise

Bipolar depression can make it feel impossible to exercise. But I'm trying to exercise in spite of my bipolar depression. Here's why.I’m stuck in a bipolar depression and yet, I’m trying to exercise. I’ve never been successful at this – ever.  Now and then I have been on exercise programs, but I’ve hated every one and none of them have stuck. Not to mention the fact that getting my depressed butt out of the house to do anything is almost impossible. I have no energy and everything hurts all the time. Bipolar depression makes exercising almost impossible – but I’m hoping the truth is that it’s just “almost” impossible.

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Schizophrenia Treatment Benefit: Took Myself Less Seriously

Schizophrenia Treatment Benefit: Took Myself Less Seriously

Schizophrenia treatment has a silver lining. I took myself too seriously before schizophrenia treatment. I missed out on many things. I don't lose out anymore.

When you’re receiving the benefit of schizophrenia treatment due to having a psychotic episode (because of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder), and find yourself on psychiatric medication, it is hard to think that any good may have come out of it. No matter if you racked up two college degrees in spite of it. No matter if you found a loving partner in spite of it. It seems that all the good came in spite of it. But recently I thought of one benefit that came because of getting diagnosed and receiving schizophrenia treatment.

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Focus on Learning After a Bingeing Relapse, Not Guilt

Focus on Learning After a Bingeing Relapse, Not Guilt

Bingeing relapses made me feel like a failure, as if I would never recover. But I'm not a failure, and neither are you. Learn how to reframe a bingeing relapse.

For 20 years, every bingeing relapse caused me so much guilt, I returned to binge eating. Until recently, I considered every bingeing relapse a disaster and myself as a failure that would never get better. Binge eating is one of the most difficult aspects of my life to discuss because I feel guilty that there are hungry people and I overeat. I also feel ashamed that I allow myself to lose control like this, so when I have a bingeing relapse, all of these emotions intensify. It was not until I stopped thinking in terms of success and failure that I began making progress, and I’d like to share ways I have retrained my brain to navigate my recovery and learn from a bingeing relapse.

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Manage Anxiety with Food: What We Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Manage Anxiety with Food: What We Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Foods can help manage anxiety or increase anxiety. Here are some foods that manage anxiety symptoms and your mental health in general. What to eat? Read this.

It makes sense for anxious people to manage anxiety with food–after all, we’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” When it comes to mental health, knowing foods that help or hurt you is especially important. Partaking in some foods or drinks, such as alcohol, can make us anxious and depressed in the long term. Consuming others, like the ones below, can calm our minds and help manage anxiety with food.

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Negative Comments and Unsolicited Advice About Anxiety

Negative Comments and Unsolicited Advice About Anxiety

Have you ever received negative comments or unsolicited advice about your anxiety? I sure have. Everyone seems to have an opinion about my anxiety disorders.

I receive a lot of negative comments and unsolicited advice as an anxiety sufferer. The average person who has experienced anxiety may think that he has some helpful comments and suggestions for you. Some anxiety management ideas may, in fact, be helpful. Other observations are simply unsupportive or condescending. For the most part, I’ve found that unsolicited comments and advice are not constructive or beneficial to me as an anxiety sufferer.

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How to Deal with Both Anxiety and Irritability

How to Deal with Both Anxiety and Irritability

Anxiety and Irritability often occur together thanks to automatic negative thought patterns. These techniques can help you reduce anxiety and irritability.

Anxiety and irritability are often connected. Ever have days when, in addition to feeling wired and anxious, you feel irritated and annoyed at almost everything—and everyone? Anxiety has a way of turning this into a growing problem. Rather than feeling irritable and moving on, anxiety makes people worry about the consequences of things they do or say when irritable and creates feelings of guilt. Guilt increases anxiety, and annoyance at the whole situation builds. This feels like an inescapable horror, but you can escape this cycle of anxiety and irritability.

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Overcoming Your Fear of Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Your Fear of Addiction Recovery

The fear of addiction recovery is a fear you can work through. Reveal the untruths that keep you stuck in fear and you will recover from addiction. Read this.

Do you fear addiction recovery? During my active addiction, I feared everything. Fear was the driving emotion in my life. I was afraid of an unknown future and was most afraid of becoming sober. I’d become comfortable in my mess and just the thought of anything different frightened me. The fear of addiction recovery hid itself in my untruths.

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Does Having PTSD Make You Violent?

Does Having PTSD Make You Violent?

PTSD is often mischaracterized as a violent disorder. But does having PTSD make you violent? Learn more about PTSD and and violent behavior before you judge.

Does having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) make you violent? I haven’t seen the Las Vegas shooter accused of having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but past perpetrators of mass shootings have been speculated to have PTSD. Is it true? Does having PTSD make people more violent or prone to committing acts of extreme violence?

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Reasons Your Therapist Will Break Confidentiality

Reasons Your Therapist Will Break Confidentiality

There are reasons that your therapist will break confidentiality. A licensed therapist is bound by law to share a few things, so let's explore them. Read this.

There are reasons your therapist will break confidentiality. For some of us, this may come as a surprise because we’ve learned to trust our therapist. We see our therapist as Pandora’s box, where we think that they will never share anything that we tell them. However, a licensed therapist is bound by law to share a few things. Here’s what triggers your therapist to break confidentiality.

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Coping with Anxiety in the Shadow of Tragedy

Coping with Anxiety in the Shadow of Tragedy

Anxiety after a tragedy is common. When a terrible event shakes the world around you, try these coping techniques for anxiety after tragedy. You aren't alone.Coping with anxiety after a tragedy can feel impossible. When something terrible happens, we are faced with so much to process. Suddenly, it can feel as if the world is dark and scary. With the help of coping techniques, handling anxiety after a tragedy is easier.

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