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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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Recovering from Mental Illness Can Feel Impossible

Recovering from Mental Illness Can Feel Impossible

Recovering from mental illness may seem impossible, but you can do it. Here are tips for your first steps in recovery that make the impossible feel probable.

Recovering from mental illness can feel impossible. It seems like an uphill battle, leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Finding a place to start when recovering from mental illness is a daunting task. I’m here to tell you that by finding and reading this blog you are well on your way toward an “impossible” recovery from mental illness.

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Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Rachel Miles, new author of "Surviving Mental Health Stigma", talks about her experiences with mental illness and how she plans to fight mental health stigma.My name is Rachel Miles, and I am very excited to be joining HealthyPlace to write on Surviving Mental Health Stigma. I was first diagnosed with depression and an eating disorder when I was 16 years old. This resulted in my first hospitalization as well as my first experiences with therapy, medication, and confronting mental health stigma. At the time, I had no idea what a significant part of my life these things would become.

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Facing Stigma From Within the Mental Health Community

Facing Stigma From Within the Mental Health Community

Stigma from within the mental health community shocked me last week at a mental health fair. Stigma comes from anywhere-even from people who should know better.

Stigma from within the mental health community is the last place I expected to come across stigma for mental illnesses. Last Wednesday, I went to a mental health event that was about mental illness in general, as opposed to focused on one kind or another. I was at the mental health fair, called MindFest, with the Canadian BFRB Support Network (CBSN), Canada’s only non-profit geared towards raising awareness and providing resources for people with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Since BFRBs are a lesser-known group of disorders, I expected questions, but I didn’t expect stigma from within the mental health community — the people in attendance.

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It’s Not Unusual If Your Child Hears Voices

It’s Not Unusual If Your Child Hears Voices

Does your child hear voices? He's not alone. It could be a side effect of medications, but it's also not uncommon for a child to just hear voices.

If your child hears voices, your first reaction may be panic. The first time my son said he heard voices, I almost fainted. I work with adults who hear voices due to their mental illnesses, so my first thought was early-onset schizophrenia. My son does not have schizophrenia. Turns out, a child who hears voices isn’t that unusual.

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The Eating Disorder Treatment Experience

The Eating Disorder Treatment Experience

My eating disorder treatment experience is an extensive, positive one. Here are things to remember when choosing your experience in eating disorder treatment. My eating disorder treatment experience was a crucial part on my road to abstaining from eating disorder behaviors. Over the years, I have been through many types of treatment programs and have had many different experiences with them all. I hope through reading this you are able to gain insight into what the treatment experience for eating disorders is like.

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The Importance of Sponsorship in Addiction Recovery

The Importance of Sponsorship in Addiction Recovery

Sponsorship in addiction recovery can be an important tool for recovering addicts. Learn about the sponsor's role and how sponsorship enhances recovery.

Sponsorship during addiction recovery is one of the tenets of 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Many who have gotten, and remained, clean and sober have done so with the help of a sponsor guiding them through the process of recovery. While it has proven to be an effective tool in 12-step circles, some wonder whether sponsorship in addiction recovery is really an important element.

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Don’t Let Fear and Pain Make Your Decisions for You

Don’t Let Fear and Pain Make Your Decisions for You

Decisions are made for many reasons, but fear and pain should not make decisions for you. Learn about making your own decisions in spite of fear and pain.Fear and pain are realities of life, but we can’t let fear and pain make our decisions for us. As soon as we do, they will be the masters of our fates. But we all need to be the masters of our own destiny. In short, we need to stand up to fear and pain and make our own decisions, even though it can be very hard.

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How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

How to Enjoy Life and Have Fun While Coping with Depression

You can enjoy life and have fun while coping with depression. Try these gradual phases of enjoying life and having fun for yourself. You deserve it. Read this.

Enjoying life and having fun is an important part of our existence. Incorporating it into our daily lives is an essential part of learning how to live with and manage our depression in a healthy way. While we know this is true, the challenging part can be putting enjoyment and fun into practice. I’ve discovered some ways to make this easier, and I’ve found that making time to enjoy life and have fun is beneficial to learning to cope with depression.

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Thank You to My Parents Who Support Me Through Schizophrenia

Thank You to My Parents Who Support Me Through Schizophrenia

My parents support means so much to me. Thank you, Mom and Dad. I couldn't have recovered this much from schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder without you.

A parent’s support is amazing. It’s important for everyone to have a support system – but, for people living with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, a support system is critical.  I’ve written a lot about my husband, Tom, but I haven’t written that much about my parents. My parents’ support has been there for me from day one when doctors first diagnosed me with schizophrenia, and again later when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, up until today.

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