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What Are the Signs Your Verbal Abuser Is a Narcissist?

What Are the Signs Your Verbal Abuser Is a Narcissist?

Are all verbal abusers narcissists? Knowing if your verbal abuser is a narcissist may aid your recovery from abuse. Here's how it helps and what to look for.

If your verbal abuser is a narcissist, what are the signs? As we know, it’s important to spot the signs of verbal abuse early on in a relationship. However, recognizing the issue is only part of the process; gaining insight into your verbally abusive relationship can be the start of the emotional healing process, but how do you begin to understand it? There are many complex reasons why verbal abuse happens, but personality disorders are among the most common. Realizing you’re in a verbally abusive relationship with a narcissist can be a real light-bulb moment, so what are the signs?

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Recovery from Mental Illness When You’re Young

Recovery from Mental Illness When You’re Young

Becoming aware of mental illness when you're young is the first step to recovery. Now that you're aware, what's next? Read this for support in finding help.

Suffering a mental illness when you’re young is extremely difficult and debilitating. When you’re young there is an immense amount of pressure to fit in as well as to act and to look a certain way. Judgment and stigma from peers can run high and be openly expressed. Many times, those who suffer from mental illness when they’re young believe that something is wrong with them and don’t know how to “snap out of it.” As difficult as it can be to live with a mental illness when you’re young, it is also hopeful to know that the suffering doesn’t have to last forever.

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What Does It Mean for Depression to Get Better?

What Does It Mean for Depression to Get Better?

How do you know that your depression is getting better? The signs that my depression was getting better are clear now. Do you recognize them in your recovery?

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that depression gets better, but recovering from mental illness is also a work in progress. I’m constantly getting better and then moving backward. It may be a cliche, but there is truth to the idea that mental illness recovery is a journey rather than a race. But in that journey, depression can get better.

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Use Self-Care Before Mental Health Stigma Breaks You Down

Use Self-Care Before Mental Health Stigma Breaks You Down

Mental health stigma can break you down to the point of triggering your mental illness. That makes self-care as important as mental health advocacy. Here's why.

We can be broken down by mental health stigma. Mental health stigma surrounds us everywhere, whether we’re aware of it or not — in movies, television shows, news, literature, and the list goes on. Despite each source generally rehashing the same stigma-fuelled notions and images (or perhaps because of it), the fact that there’s so much stigma can be really draining and we ought to take a moment to practice self-care before mental health stigma breaks us down.

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Childhood ADHD and Lying: Be Careful What You Punish

Childhood ADHD and Lying: Be Careful What You Punish

The child with ADHD may use lying as a way to deal with shame over being unable to meet expectations. Discipline gets tricky. Here's something to think about.

Of all behaviors associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lying is one of the more frustrating. My son’s therapist recently reminded me of something important, though. Lying serves a purpose, and punishing our children with mental illness for the lie itself may mean we’re missing the underlying issue all-together.

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Getting Over the Stigma of Addiction in Recovery

Getting Over the Stigma of Addiction in Recovery

Addiction, even for those in recovery, often comes with some amount of stigma attached to it. The effects of stigma can be serious, but they can be overcome.

At times, I feel a certain stigma of addiction when I tell people that I have been to rehab for addiction to alcohol. It’s something that really bothered me in early sobriety because, even then, I saw going to rehab as a positive thing that was done to improve a person’s life. I know that when I went to rehab for alcohol abuse treatment, it was because I truly wanted to change my life and fix the mess that I was in. So, when I was met with stigma about going to rehab, it made me angry and frustrated. Since that time, I have continued to be very open about my alcoholism and my recovery, and I have learned some ways to get over the stigma of addiction.

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Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

Show Yourself Respect: How to Communicate with Confidence

It can be hard to respect yourself if you are insecure or afraid. These assertiveness tools will help you build self-respect and confidence.

If you don’t show yourself respect, neither will other people. How are you supposed to feel confident, assertive and develop self-esteem if you don’t show yourself some respect? Others may take advantage of you, people can be intimidating or situations you encounter may be so overwhelming it makes it hard to respect yourself. I’ve got three simple tools that can help you feel more confident communicating with others so you can show yourself respect.

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Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Specific fears and phobias can make general anxiety symptoms worse. Here are some ways you can deal with increased anxiety from specific fears or phobias. Nearly all of us with anxiety disorders have a specific fear or phobia that sends our anxiety into overdrive. For some people, it may be a fear of public speaking. For others, the specific fear or phobia may be the subway or dentist appointments. Whatever it is, the fear sends our hearts racing and this specific fear or phobia makes managing our everyday levels of anxiety that much harder.

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Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping friends when you have depression is difficult because symptoms get in the way. Keeping friends is easier when you only keep the good ones.

Keeping friends when you have depression can be difficult. Often those of us with depression exert a great deal of energy in simply accomplishing daily tasks, practicing self-care, and caring for our families. It can feel like maintaining friendships is the last thing we have time for; however, keeping friends when you have depression is an important part of learning to cope.

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When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

Schizophrenic or schizoaffective voices are a common breakthrough symptom for me. I hear voices more than I'd like, and they're bothering me now. Here's why.

Many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder experience the troubling symptom of hearing voices. I hear voices. I hear them often. It’s a breakthrough symptom even for those of us on medication. But there is one time when I experience schizophrenic/schizoaffective voices the most.

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