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3 Ways Rape Culture Impacts Rape Survivors’ Mental Health

3 Ways Rape Culture Impacts Rape Survivors’ Mental Health

Rape culture impacts a rape survivors' mental health in at least three different ways, not least of all PTSD. Read these rape culture ideas and fight back.

There are many ways rape culture impacts survivors’ mental health. Rape culture, in a nutshell, is believing that women exist solely for the sexual gratification of men, that their consent is irrelevant, and that they have to protect themselves from men’s sexual desires (Getting Raped: The Stigma of Being a Rape Victim). Three ways rape culture impacts survivors’ mental health are by teaching a survivor she is “damaged goods,” teaching a survivor it’s her fault she was victimized, and teaching a survivor her worth comes from sexual purity.

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Mental Illness Can’t Be Cured with Love

Mental Illness Can’t Be Cured with Love

Mental illness can't be cured with love. Love helps a person cope, but love doesn't cure mental illness. Thinking so is dangerous to you and your loved ones.

Part of the romanticism of mental illnesses is that someone who is mentally ill can be cured by love or that someone can be a cure for someone else’s mental illness. We see this in media and it seeps into real life to the point that people don’t understand why we can’t stop being depressed or anxious for them (How to Cope With a Loved One’s Mental Illness). What people need to realize is although being loved can make dealing with mental illness easier, love does not cure mental illness.

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Autism vs. Childhood Mental Illness

Autism vs. Childhood Mental Illness

Autism and childhood mental illnesses can look very similar at first glance. This article discusses what behaviors parents may see in both and how they differ.Many childhood mental illnesses involve behaviors similar to those found in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly just referred to as “autism.” As a result, parents may hear the term “autism” mentioned when their child first exhibits worrisome behaviors. This first post on autism will look at the similarities and differences between autism spectrum disorder and childhood mental illness, as seen from a parent’s perspective.

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Integrating Old Binge Foods Back Into Your Diet

Integrating Old Binge Foods Back Into Your Diet

Old binge foods hold a great amount of anxiety, but it's important to introduce fear foods back into our diet. Learn some ways to reintegrate old binge foods.

It can be hard to integrate old binge foods back into your diet. In all honesty, I still have foods that I fear greatly though I have been in recovery from my binging behavior for quite some time. These foods are the ones that I would consistently binge on and would bring me mass amounts of distress. Over time, however, I have learned to reintegrate old binge foods back into my diet and consume them in a normal way.

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Mental Illness Symptoms Can Make Communication Difficult

Mental Illness Symptoms Can Make Communication Difficult

Mental illness symptoms can make communication difficult. Sometimes mental illness makes one not so likable, but we should empathize with unlikable people, too.Let’s face it, mental illness symptoms can make communication difficult. When it comes to mental illness, a lot of people seem to have it in their heads that those who have, and suffer from, mental illness are strictly tragic figures. When people share their stories of overcoming the sad brokenness their mental illness has brought them, we champion them and hold them in high regard. And we should, but not all people with mental illnesses fit that narrative. We need to communicate what mental illness really is.

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Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

Don’t Look Insecure: 6 Ways to Change Behavior and Be Confident

We don't want to look insecure, but there are behaviors we go to that make us look less confident. Here's how to not look insecure and start to feel confident.Your behavior can make you look insecure to others, but you don’t need to look insecure. Without knowing it, you may act in a way that shows others you struggle with confidence. However, we’ve all done it and instead of beating yourself up, learn how to change these behaviors so that you can appear confident and not look insecure.

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The Stigma of Hearing Voices in Schizophrenia Is Unnecessary

The Stigma of Hearing Voices in Schizophrenia Is Unnecessary

The stigma attached to hearing voices is unnecessary. It's possible to cope with hearing voices, and this is how I self-soothe when it happens to me. Read this.Hearing voices might be the most stigmatized symptom of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. When people hear about it, they imagine “what the voices tell you to do,” and even go as far as assuming that the voices command those of us hearing them to kill people. Just for the record: my voices don’t tell me to do anything, and even if they did I wouldn’t comply because I know they’re not real. Getting the message that the stigma of hearing voices is unnecessary across to people is probably one of the most important things I can do.

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Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

There is a relationship between anxiety and sunlight. Learn how anxiety and sunlight relate and how you can harness sunlight's power to reduce anxiety.Researchers are beginning to shed light on the relationship between anxiety and sunlight, and it’s becoming evident that the sun is linked to anxiety and possibly even panic disorder. The connection between sunlight and depression has long been established (Relationship Between Depression and Anxiety). The inclusion of anxiety and sunlight in this mix is a development that just might illuminate more strategies to reduce anxiety. 

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Create a Morning Ritual to Calm Anxiety

Create a Morning Ritual to Calm Anxiety

Morning rituals can calm anxiety if you know what to include in them. Read this for tips to create a morning ritual that calms your morning anxiety.It’s possible to calm the anxiety you experience during the day simply by creating a morning ritual. Whether anxiety obnoxiously wakes you before your alarm sounds or greets you loudly the moment you’re awake, beginning the day with anxious thoughts, troubled emotions, and agitated bodily sensations is exhausting and discouraging. Yet if you create a morning ritual to calm anxiety, it doesn’t have to ruin your day before it even begins. 

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Seek Depression Counseling to Help You Cope

Seek Depression Counseling to Help You Cope

Counseling for depression helps you cope. Coping with depression is a constant effort, and sometimes depression counseling is exactly what you need. Learn why.Depression counseling is a useful tool for anyone living with depression. Mental health counselors typically give advice on how to cope with depression and other mental illnesses, which is helpful when you feel you’ve run out of ideas. I read articles and implement new depression coping mechanisms endlessly, but sometimes I cannot give myself the help I need. I’ve been in and out of counseling for ten years with a wide variety of counselors, and while I didn’t always like the counselor, the act of seeking professional counseling kept me on my toes as I managed my depression.

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