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Loss of Identity in a Verbally Abusive Relationship

Loss of Identity in a Verbally Abusive Relationship

Loss of self-identity is common during a verbally abusive relationship, but is it ever possible to find your true self again? Visit HealthyPlace to discover what I learned about the loss of self-identity in an abusive relationship the hard way -- by losing who I was. You can avoid doing the same.

Most likely, you will suffer a loss of identity in a verbally abusive relationship. The relationship will take you as far away from yourself as it’s possible to go. Not only will you experience a loss of personal identity, you may even struggle to remember who you were before the abuse took hold. You will become a collaborator in the abusive process and the abuser will make you feel as though everything you experience is your fault, calling into question your personality and your motives (What Are Victims Responsible for in an Abusive Relationship?). So why does this happen, and can we ever unhook ourselves from it? Here’s what I learned after my loss of identity in a verbally abusive relationship.

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ADHD and Creativity: Your Creative Gift Also Treats ADHD

ADHD and Creativity: Your Creative Gift Also Treats ADHD

Creativity and ADHD often appear together. Visit HealthyPlace to learn more about ADHD and creativity and answer the questions:. Why are ADHDers drawn to creative outlets and how does creating art benefit the ADHD brain? Check this out.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and creativity are frequently linked. It makes sense that ADHD’s surplus of ideas, emotions, and energy might result in creative expression. Growing up, I had a hard time deciding what kind of art to pursue. I danced, acted, played the violin, wrote stories, and littered the house with drawings. It is no surprise that a number of composers (George Gershwin), artists (Leonardo da Vinci), and actors (Ryan Gosling) either have or are speculated to have had ADHD. Let us explore some good things about ADHD, such as why ADHD and creativity are linked and how making art benefits the ADHD brain.

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and New Relationships

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and New Relationships

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) makes new relationships difficult. Taking it slow is often difficult for people with BPD, so learning to build a healthy relationship is very important. Learn more about BPD and new relationships at HealthyPlace.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and new relationships create a challenge. We all know borderline personalities have an issue with relationships, but is there a way to make it start out more healthy–can we learn to take it slow? Let’s look at the importance of taking it slow with BPD and new relationships, and how borderline can make it difficult to not get caught up in the moment.

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Body Dysmorphia in Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Body Dysmorphia in Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Body dysmorphia in binge eating disorder is a common eating disorder symptom we must learn to combat. Visit HealthyPlace to gain awareness of body dysmorphia in BED so you can recognize it and fight it. Body dysmorphia and binge eating disorder (BED) often go hand in hand. Body dysmorphia is characterized by having an obsessive preoccupation with one’s appearance as well as being unable to see one’s body the way it is in reality (Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Signs, Symptoms and Causes). Many times in binge eating disorder, body dysmorphia causes us to see ourselves as much larger than we really are. Finding awareness of these tendencies is a big step toward wellness from binge eating disorder.

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How Online Arguments with Strangers Affect Your Happiness

How Online Arguments with Strangers Affect Your Happiness

Do you get sucked into online arguments? It’s not good for your mental health. Discover how to avoid online arguments at HealthyPlace and save your energy for things that increase your joy instead of increasing your anxiety. Read this for tips on avoiding online arguments now.

Online arguments can be so tempting at times. I admit it: I hadn’t slept, couldn’t stop crying over the US’s most recent traumatic event, and had a short fuse, so I went online. I made some legitimately informative remarks on a stranger’s comment but added sarcasm. I stirred things up. And I regret it, because not only was my point lost, I’m now left obsessing over that conversation, while I’m sure nobody else is. Online arguments can often be damaging to our enjoyment of life.

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Getting Through the Anniversary of the Death of a Loved One

Getting Through the Anniversary of the Death of a Loved One

The anniversary of a death of a loved one can be very difficult to handle for years after the loss. Learn five ways to deal the the anniversary of a death at HealthyPlace.

Anniversaries of the death of a loved one can be really hard no matter how many years it has been. Having lost my father 10 years ago, I understand the pain of a trauma anniversary firsthand. Although I miss my father very much, I have learned many ways to handle my grief. Read on to learn about five of the methods I use to cope with the anniversary of the death of my father.

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10 Tips on How to Accomplish Big Goals with Bipolar Disorder

10 Tips on How to Accomplish Big Goals with Bipolar Disorder

Accomplishing big goals can be hard for anyone but accomplishing big goals when you have bipolar disorder can seem impossible. Luckily, it's not. Read these 10 tips on how to successfully accomplish goals even with bipolar disorder.Attempting to accomplish big goals when you have bipolar disorder can end very badly. I know this; it has happened to me. But some big tasks must get done. Sometimes we have to move halfway across the country. Sometimes we have a six-month-long project for work. Sometimes we have to raise a child. Big goals don’t go away just because a person has bipolar disorder. So here are some tips I’ve learned on how to accomplish big goals with bipolar disorder.

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Working Towards Your Dreams Even with a Mental Illness

Working Towards Your Dreams Even with a Mental Illness

Mental illness doesn't have to stop you from working toward your goals. I've always had lots of ideas and goals, but little came of it before I was in recovery. Now that I'm on medication my future looks a lot brighter. Learn more at HealthyPlace.

What does it take to keep working toward your dreams even with a mental illness? I’ve always been a big dreamer, but before I received treatment for schizoaffective disorder, nothing ever came of it. My symptoms hindered me from anything I would call success.

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The Relationship with Yourself: I’m Finally Doing Right By Me

The Relationship with Yourself: I’m Finally Doing Right By Me

Your relationship with yourself is the most important one to nurture. Watch this video at HealthyPlace to learn how your relationship with yourself can either nourish you or shut you down.

A healthy relationship with yourself affects your happiness. Only a few short years ago, I was by most definitions incredibly successful. I was making a good living and had achieved my goal of running my own non-profit organization. But I wasn’t happy. Since then, I learned that only the relationship with yourself truly matters.

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There’s No Cure for Dissociative Identity Disorder

There’s No Cure for Dissociative Identity Disorder

There's no cure for dissociative identity disorder (DID) to date. But do we need a cure for DID? Learn why medications and therapy help, but it's not enough to cure DID at HealthyPlace.

There is no cure for dissociative identity disorder (DID). It is a complex disorder that can be treated, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it can be cured. There are several methods of treatment, from medications to therapy. It can take years, but successful treatment for DID is possible. Does that mean there is a cure for DID?

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