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Sensory Overload Anxiety: Coping for Highly Sensitive People

Sensory Overload Anxiety: Coping for Highly Sensitive People

Sensory overload anxiety can ruin a day for highly sensitive people, especially those with anxiety disorders. Learn how to deal with it on HealthyPlace and don't let it ruin another moment.

Sensory overload anxiety can be a real problem for highly sensitive people (HSP). While not all highly sensitive people face intense anxiety, it’s common for highly sensitive people to experience sensory overload anxiety from common, everyday occurrences. But with the right anxiety coping skills, we can better prepare and cope with the challenges of living as a highly sensitive person with anxiety.

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Mental Health Conversations I’ll Have with My Young Daughter

Mental Health Conversations I’ll Have with My Young Daughter

Mental health conversations should start early with your children. Here are the main three mental health conversations I want to have with my young daughter.
Mental health conversations are important at every age and stage of development. As a parent, there’s a lot I want to tell my young daughter about mental health, so hopefully one day she will be a confident woman with a healthy life. She will grow up with me speaking openly about my mental illness as I always have. I hope in return she will feel comfortable talking about mental health as well. I plan on having mental health conversations early and keep the discussion going throughout her childhood. Here are three points I really want to get across.

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How To Reduce Work Anxiety

How To Reduce Work Anxiety

Reduce work anxiety with this tool. Create it, use it, and benefit by reducing work anxiety. Chances are, you're doing better at work than anxiety thinks.

It’s important to reduce work anxiety because it is interfering with the job success and satisfaction of over half of all working Americans.1 Numbers are likely as high in many other countries, too. Performance anxiety, a sense of perfectionism, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety can all hinder our ability to do well at work. Problems at work because of anxiety lead to more anxiety. As anxiety grows bigger, its sheer size blocks us from moving forward and creating a positive work experience for ourselves. It seems like a never-ending cycle, and when work-related anxiety blocks our way forward, it can feel like we’re doomed to be stuck. Fortunately, this isn’t the case at all. You can reduce work anxiety when it gets in your way.

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Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

When we practice self-love, we shorten the struggle with depression. Read this for simple ways to practice self-love on even the most difficult depression days.

Depression makes it difficult to practice self-love, particularly on the darkest of days. When a seemingly simple activity such as getting out of bed is overwhelming, it is hard to think about practicing self-love; however, by doing small things to show ourselves love, nourishing our minds and bodies can be done.

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Life After Depression Treatment: A New Type of Struggle

Life After Depression Treatment: A New Type of Struggle

My life after depression treatment isn't as easy as I'd hoped. I struggle with bad habits developed during depression, but I'm getting better. And so can you.

Life after depression treatment isn’t what I thought it would be. I always thought the depression would fade away after my treatments concluded. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) had brought me out of a non-functional state. After transitioning to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I was feeling even better. My medications were finally working. I was no longer numb. I was capable of emotion again. At last, it seemed like the depression was finally gone. But life after depression treatment wasn’t all roses.

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Are You Verbally Abused When You’re Sick?

Are You Verbally Abused When You’re Sick?

Being verbally abused when we're sick makes everything worse. Why does verbal abuse happen even when we're ill? How can you deal with being verbally abused?

Have you been verbally abused when you were sick? It’s horrible. We have enough to deal with when we’re sick without being verbally abused when we’re at our most vulnerable. Feeling unwell and physically weak makes us sitting targets for gaslighting, emotional abuse and manipulation because we’re less likely to put up a fight. But is this part of the attraction to perpetrators or are we just more susceptible to abuse when our defenses are down? Let’s examine what we know about verbally abusive personality types and why they target us when we’re sick.

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Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

ADHD and autism spectrum disorder often overlap. Read more to learn about ADHD and autism symptoms, why it happens, and what it means for treatment options.

There is an overlap between ADHD and autism, although at first glance the conditions can appear to be opposites. According to stereotypes, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) concentrate too much and avoid overstimulation, while those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) lack focus and seek constant stimulation. However, there is a huge overlap between ASD and ADHD. As I’ve written about the connection between ADHD and trauma and ADHD and PMS, I’d like to discuss the link between ADHD and ASD.

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Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety while driving commonly affects people with anxiety disorders and without. My anxiety while driving hasn't kept me home. Explore driving anxiety here.

Anxiety while driving is commonplace for me. Due to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), my brain magnifies my anxiety while driving. Even driving to a nearby store turns into a worst-case scenario in my mind’s eye. Some of this anxiety seems reasonable. Other fears involve driving activities that don’t distress the average person. When I drive, there is a specific driving anxiety I can’t conquer. I have a fear of getting into a car accident while making left turns in traffic.

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Ways to Avoid Bipolar Instability Caused by the Flu

Ways to Avoid Bipolar Instability Caused by the Flu

Bipolar instability when you get the flu is often reality. But flu season doesn't have to undermine your efforts to control bipolar disorder. Try these tips.

Avoiding bipolar instability because you have the flu is important, but it can be difficult to maintain stability with bipolar disorder while trying to combat the effects of the local virus going around. If you are a parent of a child with bipolar disorder, a simple virus can lead to bipolar instability in your child’s mental health. It becomes a difficult cycle as increased instability with bipolar makes it hard to treat the flu and increased symptoms of the flu make it difficult to control bipolar. However, by planning ahead, parents can lessen the ill-effects of flu season and keep their child’s mental health as intact as possible.

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How Long Does Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder Take?

How Long Does Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder Take?

Recovery from binge eating disorder requires consistent attention and work. Learn why recovery from binge eating disorder is a lifelong commitment here.

I’m in recovery from binge eating disorder and I always find people asking me whether I consider myself “recovered” from my eating disorder. My answer is always no. I will always view myself in the terms of “in recovery” because I believe that the eating disorder healing process is a journey without an endpoint. There are people that do not side with my viewpoint, but this is my belief system: Recovery from binge eating disorder will last my lifetime.

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