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Parent’s Guide to Identifying Eating Disorders in Your Teen

Parent’s Guide to Identifying Eating Disorders in Your Teen

Parents, see this guide to identifying eating disorders in your teen. These signs are key to Identifying the eating disorder early and saving your child.

Parents, this guide shows you how to identify eating disorders in your teen. You know that the teens are a tumultuous time and, sadly, this is also when a majority of eating disorders develop. Parents have their own lives and when an eating disorder starts it’s insidious (The Many Causes of Eating Disorders). It’s a huge secret that the teen will try to hide. By the time you realize something is wrong the eating disorder is usually established. Here are the top three signs for parents to look for as a guide to identifying eating disorders in their teen.

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Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

Recognizing and Coping with Depression Spells

When depression spells hit they can cause sleepless nights, scary thoughts and more. Read this for depression spell coping skills to help you can get past them.Even if you were not diagnosed with depression or if you feel that you have it under control, you can always experience depression spells. They can hit at any time, sometimes with no warning. They can hit at the most random times—during a class, at a family reunion, after an interview, during the middle of a workday, etc.  Read on to find out about recognizing and dealing with depression spells before they get worse.

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Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

While habits are often necessary, they can be restrictive. Consider breaking a habit (even if it's not bad) in order to get out of your comfort zone.

If you do a web search of “breaking habits,” you will get over 30 million results about how to break bad habits (smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.). But recently, I came across the quote below by 20th-century theologian Henry Van Dyke, and it resonated deeply with me. It made me realize that habits, while often necessary, can be restrictive. Even if they’re not bad habits, you may want to consider breaking a habit that is not bad in order to grow a bit.

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How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

How to Emotionally Prepare for a Funeral When Depressed

Do you need to emotionally prepare for a funeral? It's a good idea to prepare, especially if you live with depression already. Here are ideas to help.Emotionally preparing for a funeral when you have depression seems next to impossible. The days I spent preparing for my grandfather’s funeral had me sick and my stomach filled with dread (Coping with Loss: Bereavement and Grief). My grandfather was my buddy, teaching me tons of things from how to drive to how to bake bread and his death hit me with a wave of memories and unprocessed emotions. Preparing to attend his funeral was daunting, especially with my depression at high intensity. I’ll share a couple things I learned to better help you prepare for a funeral when depressed.

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The Experience of Childhood Mental Illness in My Son’s Words

The Experience of Childhood Mental Illness in My Son’s Words

Childhood mental illness isn't rare. My 9-year old son lives with a childhood mental illness, ADHD. See how he describes living with ADHD in this interview. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and one of the least discussed mental health topics is childhood mental illness. Twelve million children in our country have a mental illness, yet fewer than one in five get treatment (Childhood Psychiatric Disorders). So not only parents suffer from our cultural silence. Our children with mental illness suffer, too.

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Hospitals Release Mentally Ill Patients to the Streets

Hospitals Release Mentally Ill Patients to the Streets

Many hospitals release mentally ill patients to the streets whether the mental illness is controlled or not. What could we do instead? Here are some ideas.It’s important to consider whether hospitals should be allowed to release patients to the streets. I was recently in the hospital with an 18-year-old man with bipolar disorder. He was so disruptive in his manic state that the hospital discharged him even though he had no place to go. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a hospital discharge a patient to the streets (Mental Illness and Homelessness). It made me wonder if hospitals should be allowed to release patients to the streets.

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Keeping a Journal Can Help You Fight Mental Health Stigma

Keeping a Journal Can Help You Fight Mental Health Stigma

mental health stigma can be diminished in your life by keeping a journal of your thoughts and emotions

Keeping a journal is a powerful way to make yourself feel better and fight mental health stigma. Most Psychiatrists and counselors will agree that there are many reasons why you should keep a journal. One of them is that keeping a journal allows you a safe place where mental health stigma doesn’t exist and can’t harm you (23 Journal Prompts to Improve Self-Esteem).

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Be Honest with Yourself During Eating Disorder Recovery

Be Honest with Yourself During Eating Disorder Recovery

You must be honest with yourself during eating disorder recovery. Why is self-honesty so important throughout your eating disorder recovery? Here's my take.

Being honest with yourself and where you’re at in your eating disorder recovery process can be challenging. At times I find I am trying to convince myself that I am doing better than I actually am. What we need to do is be honest with ourselves each day, checking in, seeing where we are at and what we need. Doing this will create self-awareness that will aid in keeping slips at bay.

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Travel Making Bipolar Disorder Worse – 10 Tips to Avoid It

Travel Making Bipolar Disorder Worse – 10 Tips to Avoid It

Travel with bipolar disorder can be challenging as travel can make bipolar worse. Read these 10 tips on how to travel successfully with bipolar disorder.Travel can make my bipolar disorder worse. Knowing this can make me fear travel. It’s not that I don’t like travel; theoretically, I like travel. I’ve done quite a lot of it, actually – I’ve been to 12 countries. Nevertheless, the older I get, the nastier my bipolar becomes and the more my bipolar disorder is worsened by travel. There are good reasons for this but there are also ways to mitigate it.

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About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

About Mel Lee-Smith, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Mel Lee-Smith, author of 'Mental Health for the Digital Generation', shares her diagnosis of borderline as a youth and how she's overcoming her mental illness.I’m Mel Lee-Smith, and I’m excited to join the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012 when I was 18 years old. Like many borderlines, my teenage years were troubled. I grew up in a poor family; I was bullied throughout my school years for my looks; I struggled with self-harm, a poor self-image and the absence of my biological father. To cope – or perhaps distract – I engaged in impulsive, promiscuous, and dangerous habits. Despite all that, I made it my goal to get out and make a better life for myself.

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