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Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace benefits my mental health in many ways. I've learned so much from everyone. To find out how you can blog for HealthyPlace, read this.

A little over a year ago, I started writing for HealthyPlace. During my time contributing to the website, I learned a lot about myself and how I can better manage my mental health. I also learned about others, how they cope, how they communicate about mental health, and how we can help each other strive for wellness. Writing for HealthyPlace has given more awareness of when depression starts to hit and when to seek help. Read on to learn more about my first year writing for HealthyPlace.

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Light Therapy Increased My Schizoaffective Anxiety Over Time

Light Therapy Increased My Schizoaffective Anxiety Over Time

I thought light therapy increased my schizoaffective anxiety, but I asked my doctor to be sure light therapy was the cause. Here's how I'm handling her answer.

Light therapy increased my schizoaffective anxiety but helps with my seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I am also taking vitamin D, and that plus using the light for 20 minutes every morning seemed to really help with the light deficiency of winter. But after a few weeks of light therapy, I noticed my schizoaffective anxiety was increasing. Here’s what I did about it.

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Make a Cope-Ahead Plan for Dissociation This Holiday Season

Make a Cope-Ahead Plan for Dissociation This Holiday Season

A cope ahead plan for dissociation during the holidays can help you manage sensory overload and triggers. Learn how to make a cope ahead plan for dissociation.

A cope-ahead plan for dissociation will come in handy this holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, or nothing at all, this time of the year can be difficult when you have a dissociative disorder. Financial stress, sensory overload, and time-related triggers are just some of the things that can lead to an increase in dissociation. So how can you cope with all of these symptoms and make it through the holiday season? How do you make a cope-ahead plan for dissociation?

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Have Depression? 4 Ideas to Start off 2018

Have Depression? 4 Ideas to Start off 2018

You can have depression and still face the new year with confidence. Lessen your depression symptoms by starting off 2018 with these four ideas. Take a look.

I have depression, but I’m inspired because it’s nearly 2018. There’s an excitement that comes with new beginnings. And while my depression won’t just disappear because it’s a new year, there are things I can actively do to help lessen my depressive symptoms. I’ve thoughts about how I want to enter into 2018 that I would like to share with you. I don’t have to give up the excitement of the new year because I have depression, and neither do you.

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Does Uncertainty Cause Your Anxiety and Worry?

Does Uncertainty Cause Your Anxiety and Worry?

Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety relate directly to one another. Not knowing what to expect can truly interfere in your life. Learn why and how it does.Do you hate the anxiety that uncertainty causes? Does not knowing cause you intolerable stress? If not knowing what might happen, officially called uncertainty intolerance, makes you worry so much that it’s interfering with your life, know that you’re not alone. Many people who have anxiety, whether or not it’s an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), also have difficulty living with any sort of uncertainty.

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Mindful Social Media Habits Protect Your Self-Esteem

Mindful Social Media Habits Protect Your Self-Esteem

Mindful social media habits can protect your self-esteem. Here are four ways to be mindful on social media and maintain or build healthy self-esteem. Read this.

Mindful social media habits are important skills to learn to protect our self-esteem. Social media allows us to get a glimpse into the lives of so many people. Unfortunately, constant updates about people’s vacations, weddings, job offers, graduations and newborns don’t always fill us with joy. In fact, being inundated with everyone else’s highlight reel can damage our mental health. Many studies have shown a link between social media use and low self-esteem. For example, a study published this year found that one hour spent on Facebook is associated with a decrease in an individual’s self-esteem score, which authors say is influenced by the social comparisons that people engage in.1 But there are ways to integrate mindful social media use so that you can protect your self-esteem.

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How to Cope with Toxic People in Your Life

How to Cope with Toxic People in Your Life

The toxic people in your life present a special challenge if you live with PTSD, but you can learn to cope with them and stay mentally healthy. Learn how here.

We can’t get away from having toxic people in our life sometimes. In a perfect world, we would never encounter someone unhealthy for us. The people with whom we hold company would all be healthy influences. Unfortunately, as those of us with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) likely already know, we do not live in a perfect world. Although we can choose our friends, and we can migrate toward or away from certain co-workers, acquaintances, and even family members, we cannot always prevent having some toxic people in our life.

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5 Tips to Stay Sober Over the Holidays

5 Tips to Stay Sober Over the Holidays

Stay sober over the holidays with these five tips and swoop into 2018 with your sobriety still intact. You can stay sober over the holidays. Read this.It can be difficult to stay sober over the holidays because they’re so stressful. But family dynamics, crazy in-laws, and unfulfilled expectations don’t have to threaten your sobriety. Be proactive and have a plan for surviving the holidays in addiction recovery. You can make it through this season with your sobriety intact. Here are five tips to help you stay sober over the holidays and into 2018.

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Signs Your Best Friend Is Verbally Abusive

Signs Your Best Friend Is Verbally Abusive

Do you suspect that your best friend is verbally abusive? What are the signs that you're in a verbally abusive friendship? Find out all you need to know here.

Are you concerned that your best friend is verbally abusive? Many of us have had friendships with a certain person that leaves us feeling drained, continually frustrated, or wondering why our friend did that hurtful thing again – if these are thoughts that you’ve been having, it may be time to consider the signs that your best friend is verbally abusive. Verbal abuse is often thought to be most common in romantic or familial relationships, but those are not the only relationships rampant with verbal abuse; platonic friendships are just as open to the potential for verbal abuse — here are the signs that your best friend is verbally abusive.

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Recovering from Mental Illness During the Holidays

Recovering from Mental Illness During the Holidays

Recovering from mental illness during the holidays can take some extra effort, but with awareness and planning, you can continue in your recovery. Read this.Recovering from a mental illness during the holidays can be more difficult than recovering at any other time of year. The holiday season can bring additional financial, personal, and emotional stress as well as a sense of overwhelming anxiety. Seeing family members, having to purchase gifts, and juggling the added responsibilities during the holidays are all not conducive to recovering from mental illness. But recovering from mental illness over the holidays is possible with a plan and awareness of what the holidays may bring up for you.

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