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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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What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

What I Wish My Loved Ones Knew About My Mental Health

I wish my loved ones knew some things about my mental health, but I haven't been entirely truthful about it. If you love me, here's what I wish you knew.I wish my loved ones knew certain things about my mental health. But explaining mental illness to someone who doesn’t have it can feel impossible, especially when it comes to family members and close friends. We want our loved ones to support us without judgement, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Here’s what I wish my loved ones knew about my mental health.

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Has Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder Held You Back?

Has Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder Held You Back?

Having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and evaluating your life at midlife often means wondering if your illness has held you back. Often it hasn't.Because I’m 38, I’m starting to wonder if my schizoaffective disorder has held me back. Of course, you don’t have to have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to get anxious around midlife. When my mom, who doesn’t have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, turned 40, my little brother cheerfully quipped, “Hey, Mom. Now you’re half dead.” She laughed, but I imagine the words must have stung a little bit. However, for someone with a mental illness, evaluating your life at midlife means wondering how much—and if at all—your schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder has held you back.

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Three Health-Related Bonuses to Eating Disorder Recovery

Three Health-Related Bonuses to Eating Disorder Recovery

Health related bonuses in eating disorder recovery show that body, mind, and soul are resilient. These health related bonuses make recovery more than mental.

Three health-related bonuses to eating disorder recovery are given to us as we walk down recovery road. When we’re healthy we often take that health for granted, but when we’re sick we long for health and lament that we haven’t been appreciative of it. But recovery teaches us that the body, mind, and soul are more resilient than we might have thought. There are at least three health-related bonuses to eating disorder recovery.

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Three Step Anxiety Action Plan to Manage Anxious Times

Three Step Anxiety Action Plan to Manage Anxious Times

An anxiety action plan helps you manage your anxiety before it blows up bigger. My anxiety action plan helps me manage anxiety better. Read this for more.There are actionable steps in my anxiety action plan that you can take to manage your anxiety. All too often, I find myself in a position where I feel an unwarranted sense of worry, fear, or panic. Even when there is no pressing issue, I often find myself looking for ways to manage anxiety. This is the anxiety action plan I use to manage anxious times.

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Find Inspiration in Your Everyday Life

Find Inspiration in Your Everyday Life

We can find inspiration in our everyday lives. Attune yourself to the ordinary experience of daily living, and find inspiration in the here and now. Here's how.

You can find inspiration in your everyday life. We certainly find inspiration in the person who overcomes obstacles to do something profound, a beautiful work of art or piece of music, or the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. These are definitely inspiring things. But you don’t need to go to a museum, visit a world heritage site, or learn about a famous person to be inspired. You can find inspiration in your everyday life.

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School Refusal and Your Child With Mental Illness

School Refusal and Your Child With Mental Illness

School refusal happens in families with kids who live with mental illness. School refusal is a nightmare. Learn more about how to handle school refusal.For a child with mental illness, school refusal can be common. School can be anxiety-provoking for children with mental illnesses (School Anxiety in Children: Signs, Causes, Treatments). School refusal is anxiety-provoking for parents. Working parents have the added layer of inflexible timelines. Being late to work daily may get them fired, and the employer doesn’t necessarily care about our struggles with our children. So what can we do as parents to get our mentally ill children past school refusal?

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