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You Don’t Look Like Someone with a Mental Illness

You Don’t Look Like Someone with a Mental Illness

Mental illness looks like normal emotion, so you can't see it by looking. If we ignore the different ways mental illness looks, we risk too much. Learn more.

People’s notions of what someone with a mental illness looks like includes ideas of how they think a person with mental illness should behave. The idea that you can tell someone with a mental illness by looking at them comes from both misunderstanding and stigma. But, as more and more people discuss realities like high-functioning mental illness and so forth, people are beginning to broaden their understanding. However, we need to delve deeper into the idea that someone can look like they have a mental illness. The fact is, mental illness looks different in everyone, and I don’t mean simply from one illness to another, but within the same illness.

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How to Talk with Someone Who Has PTSD

How to Talk with Someone Who Has PTSD

When someone who has PTSD opens up to you, it's not easy to know what to say or do. Here are some ways to react that will help you support someone with PTSD.

When someone who has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tells you about the illness, she also entrusts you with an important piece of her life. For most people, having PTSD is not something that pops up in casual conversation. Even for someone who has PTSD who is ready to talk about their experience fears the possible unsupportive response. I’m convinced that in most situations, people simply don’t know how to react to PTSD disclosures, and are reluctant to ask. Here is what I’d like everyone to about talking with someone who has PTSD.

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Give Balance to Siblings of a Child with Mental Illness

Give Balance to Siblings of a Child with Mental Illness

Siblings of a child with mental illness can get lost in the fray, and that's a top worry for parents. Here's what can happen and tips to help balance it out.Siblings of a child with mental illness don’t have it easy. Managing children is a balancing act. Throw in mental illness, and that balance disappears. Sadly, this doesn’t usually favor the child without the mental illness. I have many fears for my younger daughter who often lives in the shadow of her brother’s behavior disorder. I’m betting many parents like me have the same fears for the siblings of a child with mental illness.

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Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in addiction recovery can be a dangerous emotion that leads to relapse. But there are healthy ways to put regret behind you for good. Here's how.

Overcoming regret in addiction recovery can feel impossible because when a person is in active addiction, he or she tends to repeat the same mistakes over and over. I’ve been there, I know the guilt, shame and embarrassment that accompany regret, and I know how important it is to find a way to overcome it. It’s important because regret can be a huge obstacle to people getting better and a huge risk for relapse. That happened to me, too. I wasn’t able to deal with my regret and that caused me to go back out and drink – time and time again. Since then, I have learned that even though regret is painful, dealing with it is part of the recovery process and healing. It is possible to overcome regret in addiction recovery, even if it isn’t easy.

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Reduce Anxiety and Gain Confidence in Five Steps

Reduce Anxiety and Gain Confidence in Five Steps

Reduce anxiety and gain confidence in minutes? Yes, the next time you feel anxious, gain confidence over anxiety using the AAAAH skill. Here's how.

You can reduce anxiety and gain confidence over your emotions, even during stressful times. I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a child and have found some skills that help reduce anxiety, while also improving self-esteem. The skill I want to share with you has allowed me to feel in control when anxiety intrudes and my confidence declines. It helps me reduce my anxiety while gaining confidence.

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Behaving Badly with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Behaving Badly with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Behaving badly due to schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder can be costly. Here's what I've learned about my schizoaffective disorder by behaving badly. Behaving badly due to schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder can cost us relationships, friendships, jobs, degrees, and more. I don’t use my schizoaffective disorder as a free pass to do or say whatever crummy thing I please. Here’s what I’ve learned about myself and my schizoaffective disorder through behaving badly. This is also how I confronted that behavior and turned it around.

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Why Hearing ‘Just Get Over It’ Doesn’t Help Anxiety

Why Hearing ‘Just Get Over It’ Doesn’t Help Anxiety

Being told to just get over anxiety doesn't help anxiety. Learn why as well as some strategies for dealing with being told to just get over anxiety.

If you live with anxiety, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard a well-meaning family member or friend tell you, “Just get over it,” “Just get over anxiety.” If it were that easy, no one would have anxiety because we’d all get over it and move on (‘Get Over It’ Is Unhelpful Advice for Mental Illness Sufferers). Unfortunately, the idea of just getting over it doesn’t help anxiety, and being told to do so can make it worse. Why doesn’t hearing “Just get over it,” fail to help anxiety? What can you do about it?

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Working While on Disability Should Not Be Penalized

Working While on Disability Should Not Be Penalized

Working while on disability can cost you a lot. You can't live on disability, but you can't work while on disability either. We need disability reform.Working while on disability should not be penalized. I used to work in a restaurant for $8.25 an hour for 20 hours a week. I reported this income to Social Security, and my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits were terminated. Not only that, but the government told me they overpaid me and I had to pay the money back–all at once. This is not right. Working while on disability should not be penalized.

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Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression Killed Chester Bennington

Depression killed Chester Bennington, but his lost battle with depression doesn't make him weak. Depression can affect anyone, even the celebrities we admire.

Last week, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington died by suicide, just a little over a month after depression killed Chris Cornell. In the wake of a celebrity’s suicide, people often say things like, “It just goes to show that money and fame will never make you happy,” and, “I wonder what drove them to it.” The answer is simple: depression killed Chester Bennington.

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Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Melissa Renzi talks about her experience with anxiety and how treating her anxiety helped turn things around. Read more about Melissa Renzi here.I’m Melissa Renzi, and I’m excited to write for the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. While I’m a licensed social worker and yoga teacher, my greatest credential is my personal story as a sensitive soul learning to transform the anxiety I’ve experienced since early childhood. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone as we cope with anxiety. I believe there is great strength and healing in sharing vulnerability and I truly look forward to connecting with you and hearing your story.

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