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When Verbal Abuse Is Disguised as a Joke

When Verbal Abuse Is Disguised as a Joke

Abusers disguise verbal abuse as jokes, but even if the joke makes the abuser (and others) laugh, it's not funny. You're not too sensitive. It's verbal abuse.

How can you recognize verbal abuse disguised as a joke? Here’s the thing: a loving partner will never call you ugly or stupid, even as a joke. A respectful husband or wife won’t ever deliberately put you down in front of other people for a laugh. That’s because it’s not funny, it’s verbal abuse thinly disguised as a joke.

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Stigma Against Parents Who Raise a Child With Mental Illness

Stigma Against Parents Who Raise a Child With Mental Illness

The stigma against parents raising a child with mental illness can impact decision-making and cost years of unnecessary isolation and shame. But there is help.

There is a stigma against parents who raise a child with mental illness. I felt this stigma against parents myself as I sat in my first National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting, horror slowly crept up my body like a spider crawling across my skin. The organization provides education and support for both people suffering from mental illness and their families. I was attending a meeting for families but as I listened to one story after another, I was sure I didn’t belong (Stigma of Being Branded Bad Parents). But this was the stigma against parents who raise a child with mental illness rearing its ugly head.

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Retrieving Memories Lost to Dissociation Caused by Trauma

Retrieving Memories Lost to Dissociation Caused by Trauma

Memories lost to dissociation can be of moments or cover long time spans, and can be both good and bad. Here's one way to regain memories lost to dissociation.My memories lost to dissociation come from having experienced prolonged traumatic abuses as a child. I developed the protective reflex of dissociation at an early age. Dissociation was my response to frightening, harmful, and unpredictable environments. I learned to tune out and shut down mentally while still being able to respond to my surroundings to function in the moment. I don’t know this because I remember it. I know this because other people hold memories for me. Here is how I began reclaiming my memories lost to trauma-related dissociation.

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The Stigma of Taking Mental Health Sick Days from Work

The Stigma of Taking Mental Health Sick Days from Work

Some think taking mental health sick days from work shows weakness. That stigma doesn't serve our mental health, and here's why. Take a look.

A post made by a woman named Madelyn Parker about the response from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company she works for after she said she was taking mental health sick days has gone viral. The compassion and understanding of web developing company CEO Ben Congleton toward Parker taking time for her mental health has drawn a wealth of virtual applause and admiration. There are, however, naysayers taking issue with the post, and one response, in particular, I’ve seen is riddled with stigma around taking mental health sick days from work.

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Three Reasons People Self-Injure and How to Resist Self-Harm

Three Reasons People Self-Injure and How to Resist Self-Harm

The reasons people self-injure vary, but there are many ways to reign in self-harm to develop better coping skills. Learn reasons for self-harm and how to stop.

Many people with mental illness have their reasons to self-injure but it’s important to resist self-harm urges. While most commonly associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm can occur with any mental illness. There are three reasons people self-injure: to punish themselves, to feel something instead of nothing, and to feel stronger.

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Dealing with Depression Triggers in Blog Posts

Dealing with Depression Triggers in Blog Posts

Blog posts can be depression triggers. This is common for those with bipolar disorder. Learn about how to deal with depression triggers in blog posts.I write about some things that can trigger those with depression so it’s important for readers to know how to deal with depression triggers in blog posts. Understanding how to deal with depression-triggering blog posts can protect you from negative emotional effects and worsening symptoms.

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Trying New Organization Strategies for Adults With ADHD

Trying New Organization Strategies for Adults With ADHD

I'm trying new organization strategies to deal with adult ADHD, and here is where I'm starting. Watch to learn what adult ADHD organization strategies I'll try.

Organization strategies for adults with ADHD help reduce frustration and regain time lost to disorganization. I feel organization strategies that work with adult ADHD will provide the foundation of being able to move out into the world and focus on living. My disorganization has robbed me of years of my life as I am always looking for something or moving things around the house creating another area of clutter. I needed a new organization strategy for dealing with adult ADHD, and this is what I decided to do.

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Caring for an Addict While Still Taking Care of Yourself

Caring for an Addict While Still Taking Care of Yourself

Caring for an addict while taking care of yourself isn't easy, but there are things you can do for yourself and your loved one to help you accomplish both.

If you are caring for an addict – someone who has a drug or alcohol problem – then you know that taking care of the addict while still taking care of yourself isn’t easy. Addiction is not a spectator sport; it drags everyone around the addict into the game. Addiction tears families apart, causing such chaos and turmoil that it may seem like things can never get better. If you are a family member or loved one of an addict, you likely experience a mix of emotions when it comes to the one who is using drugs or alcohol – love, hate, pity, disgust, hopelessness, despair. It may feel like your life is not your own, that it revolves around the addiction, and it probably does right now. But, there are some things that you can do to restore some balance to your life even though you are caring for an addict while still taking care of yourself.

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I’m Bored: Effects of Schizoaffective Disorder with Anxiety

I’m Bored: Effects of Schizoaffective Disorder with Anxiety

Boredom has been a struggle since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder. Here's how it affects me and how I cope.Boredom – it’s been a continuing struggle since I’ve started dealing with the effects of schizophrenia and then with schizoaffective disorder. After all, let’s face it, everyday life is not as exciting as a schizoaffective psychotic episode or even a manic episode. That’s not to say I would rather be experiencing acute schizophrenic symptoms than remaining successfully in treatment. I just mean that when you’re on medication for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder that is sedating, there are so many stressful activities I can’t handle and life can become a little boring due to the effects of schizoaffective disorder.

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Hate Talking on the Phone? Phone Anxiety Facts

Hate Talking on the Phone? Phone Anxiety Facts

It's common to hate talking on the phone and have phone anxiety, a form of social anxiety. What causes phone anxiety and how can we deal with it and move on?

Do you hate the phone (or, more specifically, talking on the phone) or experience phone anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. I loathe talking on the phone, and I’m always surprised by the people I encounter who confess the same thing. Aversion to the phone exists on a spectrum, ranging from a simple dislike to a much more complex reaction involving full-blown anxiety, with all of its physical and emotional symptoms. Continue reading to learn some facts about phone anxiety as well as ways to deal with hating talking on the phone. 

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