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Holiday Mental Health Plans for Families with Mental Illness

Holiday Mental Health Plans for Families with Mental Illness

Do you have a holiday mental health plan to make the holidays fun for everyone in your family? Try this tip to develop a holiday mental health plan that works.

Maintaining mental health over the holidays can be a real challenge for teens and young adults with mental illness. With 64% of mentally ill people finding holidays stressful, according to a study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it is important to find ways to stay healthy during the holidays. So read on for holiday mental health tips.

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The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

There are rules to living with bipolar disorder, at least, for me. I find rules-based living with bipolar disorder makes every day easier.I have bipolar disorder and I live with rules I make rather than living out any actual desires. This is because I have little-to-no motivation or desires thanks to bipolar depression. Nothing wants me to get out of bed. Nothing wants me to work. Nothing wants me to do anything. But I do those things and a whole lot more because of the rules-based living I do with bipolar disorder.

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Talk Back to Negative Self-Talk and Make It Go Away

Talk Back to Negative Self-Talk and Make It Go Away

If you talk back to negative self-talk logically, you can quickly improve your mental health and self-esteem. Discover how get rid of negative self-talk here.Do you know how to talk back to your negative self-talk? Knowing how to identify negative self-talk first is important because what you tell yourself becomes your reality. When your core beliefs are self-critical, doubtful and make you feel inadequate, your self-esteem suffers tremendously. The good news is if you are willing, you can talk back to negative self-talk and transform it dramatically with just a little effort.

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How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

How Using Mindfulness for Depression Helps You Get Well

Mindfulness for depression helps you get better and stay well. Learn more about how using mindfulness as a depression treatment soothes your depressed brain.

How can using mindfulness for depression help you recover? Well, mindfulness is about living in the now by taking notice of what’s around us and the feelings that are inside of us. It’s about being fully present and removing the extra layer of thought that we normally attach to people, things, and events. Using mindfulness for depression changed my life because my depressed brain was anything but peaceful.

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Three Mindfulness Tools for Do-It-Yourself Anxiety Relief

Three Mindfulness Tools for Do-It-Yourself Anxiety Relief

You can learn to make DIY mindfulness tools to lower your anxiety. Use these three mindfulness objects for DIY anxiety relief now, in the present moment.

Put your anxiety relief into your own hands with do-it-yourself (DIY) mindfulness tools. Make some objects to add to your growing toolbox of strategies to lower your anxiety. An anxiety toolbox refers to techniques you use to reduce anxiety, both in the immediate moment and long term. Some tools are actual objects, such as a jar of bubbles to foster slow, deep breathing. Other comfort objects reduce anxiety as well. Here are three mindfulness tools you can make for DIY anxiety relief.

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Sexism Fuels Eating Disorders in Women But Feminism Can Help

Sexism Fuels Eating Disorders in Women But Feminism Can Help

Sexism and eating disorders are a cause and product of our culture. Refuting sexism takes the focus off women as body-objects. Feminism helps us do to do that.

Sexism contributes to the prevalence of eating disorders in women, but on the flip side, approaching eating disorders from a feminist outlook can be an important tool for recovery. Our social constructs view gender through a binary lens in which men are the objectifiers and women are the objectified, causing female bodies to be sexualized. This idea makes women feel pressured to meet the conventional standards of beauty, often resorting to extreme behaviors if their physical features are outside the “norm.” But dismantling these restrictive and harmful stereotypes could promote more body acceptance in our culture. Because sexism and eating disorders are connected, a feminist perspective can help to reverse this issue.

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Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

A mental illness, like schizoaffective disorder, in your spouse can be challenging. Learn how to help a spouse with schizoaffective disorder here.I have learned that helping a spouse with schizoaffective disorder is not trivial. I have been married for almost eight years now to a woman named Hannah, we have a beautiful four-year-old daughter and I always thought that our life was perfect. However, two years ago, Hanna was diagnosed with anxiety and schizoaffective disorder, and everything changed. It is really hard to live with a person, who is dealing with such problems and I see how they affect our daily lives and our daughter. We no longer have that spark, tenderness and trust. Very often, we simply don’t have topics to discuss as my spouse with schizoaffective disorder can remain silent for days or disappear for hours.

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What Does Depersonalization with PTSD Feel Like?

What Does Depersonalization with PTSD Feel Like?

Depersonalization is a possible symptom of PTSD that makes you feel disconnected from your thoughts, emotions, body and/or others. Discover more about it here.

Depersonalization is one of the potential dissociative symptoms experienced by a person with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals frequently describe depersonalization as repeated instances of feeling a disconnect between one’s thoughts and physical self. Some also describe it as watching the world through a dreamlike state or watching events from outside one’s body. It is one of the most challenging to define sensations I have ever experienced. Following are some examples of depersonalization symptoms in PTSD and how I experienced them.

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Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive restructuring is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help you reduce social anxiety. Try this cognitive restructuring exercise for yourself.

Limiting beliefs and thoughts are often at the root of social anxiety. If we trust these limiting beliefs, we give our thoughts undue power. Cognitive restructuring is one technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat social anxiety.

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How to Help Mental Illness Medications Work for You

How to Help Mental Illness Medications Work for You

Mental illness medication can be very beneficial when you take it correctly. Here are some tips on how to take mental illness medications to get the benefits.

For the past 10 years, mental illness medications have been an integral part of my recovery from schizoaffective disorder. Finding the right psychiatric medications and dosage was difficult at first. My medications now are very effective, but still occasionally need adjustment. I know the life I live now would never be possible without mental illness medications.

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