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Breaking Mental Health Routines Makes Moving Homes Difficult

Breaking Mental Health Routines Makes Moving Homes Difficult

Breaking mental health routines to move to a new home scared me. I panicked. But I came to grips with my fear, and I am not scared to start over. Read my story.

Breaking mental health routines can be hard. Nobody likes moving homes; it’s never easy packing up everything you own to start over somewhere new. But it’s even more difficult knowing you’re going to have to break your mental health routines, the routines that keep you sane, and start all over again.

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Protecting Minors’ Mental Health Privacy: Where’s the Line?

Protecting Minors’ Mental Health Privacy: Where’s the Line?

Balancing a minor's mental health privacy with a parent's right to discuss her child's mental illness is a moral dilemma. Where should parents draw the line?

Several weeks ago, another blogger triggered a heated discussion on a minor’s rights to mental health privacy when they suffer from mental illness. Readers chastised the author for disclosing too much information about her child. And that made me ask: where is the line when it comes to minor’s mental health privacy.

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Dealing with Bipolar Disorder’s Sensitivity to Sleep Changes

Dealing with Bipolar Disorder’s Sensitivity to Sleep Changes

Sleep changes in bipolar disorder can really ruin your day. Learn how to deal with bipolar disorder's sensitivity to sleep changes.I’ve written before how critical sleep is to those with bipolar disorder but just how sensitive is bipolar disorder to sleep changes and what can you do about bipolar’s sensitivity to sleep changes? It’s important to know what happens with your bipolar disorder when your sleep patterns change, even a little. That sensitivity can make all the difference to your day and what coping skills you choose to employ. But how big a change in your sleep does it take to affect your bipolar disorder? How do you deal with sleep changes with your bipolar disorder if you detect them?

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Suggestions for Sleep Problems in Childhood ADHD

Suggestions for Sleep Problems in Childhood ADHD

Children with ADHD often have sleep problems too. Routines and nutrition help, but there are other ways to minimize ADHD related sleep problems. Watch this.

Sleep problems are common with childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Parenthood and sleep don’t mix, and if you have a young child with ADHD, you’re probably getting even less sleep than other parents. Sleep problems with childhood ADHD are common and the sleep problems come in many forms (ADHD and Sleep Disorders). The methods we use to get our children to sleep come in many forms as well.

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Anxiety Coping Skills for Women

Anxiety Coping Skills for Women

The best coping skills for women in deprived neighborhoods allow the women to avoid developing anxiety disorders. You can use them for your mental health too.Certain coping skills for women can make a significant difference in anxiety presentation. That’s the takeaway from a new study of 10,000 women that looked at anxiety levels, stressful life circumstances, and self-reports on stress and coping.1 But what do those coping skills for women look like? Are they things we can learn?

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Managing the Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Managing the Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder

It's imperative to manage the suicide risk in DID (dissociative identity disorder). Learn what the signs are, what coping skills to use, and how to reach out.

Many people with mental illness, including people with dissociative identity disorder (DID), manage the risk of suicide. In fact, people with DID carry the highest risk for suicide, as 70% of those diagnosed have a history of at least one suicide attempt. With such an increased risk, what can you do to manage the risk of suicide in DID?

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The NAMI Walk For Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

The NAMI Walk For Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

The NAMI Walk helps me advocate for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. It's a healing experience. Read about the 2017 NAMI Walk in Chicago.

Ever since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder, mental health advocacy has become a very important cause for me. One of the ways I advocate for people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is by participating in the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk in Chicago, a beautiful lakefront trek in the company of thousands of people.

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Essential Steps to Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Essential Steps to Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

There are essential steps I took to recover from binge eating disorder. Without these recovery steps, I'd still be in a dark spot. See what I did to be healthy.

I often missed the essential steps to binge eating disorder recovery because, when I binged, I felt overwhelmed with shame, guilt, and sadness. It did not occur to me there may be more below the surface. I attributed overeating to lack of self-control and used it as a way to berate myself for days on end. But when I started journaling, I began to see in black and white how I spoke to myself, my mood instability, and how much pain I was in without even acknowledging it. Because of journaling, I uncovered three essential steps to binge eating disorder recovery.

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What Is Defusion and How Does It Reduce Anxiety?

What Is Defusion and How Does It Reduce Anxiety?

Defusion is a tool to help you reduce anxiety by separating yourself from anxiety. Read more about what defusion is and how you use it to reduce anxiety.

Defusion means becoming unstuck from something, in this case, anxiety. Anxiety often looms large. It consumes our thoughts and emotions and it impacts our actions, too. Anxiety sticks to us, and we to it when all of our time and energy, thoughts and feelings, actions or lack of action are fused with anxiety. To reduce anxiety, we need to separate ourselves from anxiety. In acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this is called defusion. Defusion can really help with anxiety.

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A Power Greater than Me Broke the Insanity of My Addiction

A Power Greater than Me Broke the Insanity of My Addiction

A power greater than me broke the insanity of my addiction, and I've found freedom. Sobriety wouldn't have happened without trusting a power greater than me.

A power greater than you can help with our addiction. A good example of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. That describes my addiction to a T. Of course, I knew that my actions caused myself and others great harm and yet I repeatedly chose those actions, thinking this time the result would be different. My life had become unmanageable and my very best efforts to abstain failed miserably. But once I acknowledged a power greater than me, God broke my addiction cycle and set me free.

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