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Depression Is Cliché, But Still a Legitimate Illness

Depression Is Cliché, But Still a Legitimate Illness

Depression is cliché, with its symptoms and stigmas consisting of unoriginal issues and language. Learn about how depression is valid despite it being cliché.

My experience with depression feels cliché, which means overused, lacking originality, or stereotypical. I’ve been increasingly frustrated by the dull redundancy of my depression and how irritatingly cliché depression generally seems, with the same old symptoms, assumptions, misunderstandings, and stigma struggles. I feel like I need to have new symptoms and fresh issues in order to maintain my depression’s validity. But the frustrating reality is that depression doesn’t just seem cliché, depression is cliché. There’s nothing original about it.

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I Mourn Who I Was Before Mental Illness

I Mourn Who I Was Before Mental Illness

It's hard not to mourn who I was before mental illness took hold. Schizophrenia and its medications changed me. I miss who I was before mental illness.

I have mourned who I was before mental illness. When I was 19 years old and a student at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a psychiatrist delivered my diagnosis of schizophrenia. Four years later, when I was back in my hometown of Chicago and had just started earning my master’s degree, I was re-diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Here’s how my life changed when I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and later schizoaffective disorder and why I mourn who I was before mental illness.

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Your How-To Guide for Troubleshooting Anxiety

Your How-To Guide for Troubleshooting Anxiety

Use this how-to guide for troubleshooting anxiety to pinpoint the problem and decide how to move forward. Don't let anxiety stop you from the life you want.

Troubleshooting anxiety is an important part of the ongoing process of living well and thriving despite anxiety. Anxiety has an annoying habit of popping up at seemingly random times. Just when you think your anxiety is improving, it rears its hideously ugly head and jumps in front of you, blocking your path forward. Making matters worse is the fact that anxiety is often vague and hard to pinpoint. The following how-to guide for troubleshooting anxiety will help you identify specific problems and determine how you want to deal with them.

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Workplace Accommodations for Employees with PTSD Q & A

Workplace Accommodations for Employees with PTSD Q & A

Workplace accommodations for PTSD can alleviate PTSD symptoms in some employees. Here are some basic PTSD workplace accommodations and how to request them.

If you experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you are eligible for workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While not everyone with PTSD will require accommodations, there are many options available for dealing with fatigue, stress, poor concentration, memory loss, and anxietyRead about these workplace accommodations for employees with PTSD.

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Coping with Death Anxiety by Digging Up the Root Fear

Coping with Death Anxiety by Digging Up the Root Fear

Coping with anxiety about death can be a long process. It is easy to feel scared of the looming prospect of death. Getting to the root of death anxiety helps.

I’ve found if I dig up my root fear, I can better cope with death anxiety. I have a strange relationship with death. I soak up true crime podcasts and articles, all the while fearing the numerous ways I could die each day. Sometimes it all feels like a lot to cope with (Five Reasons You Should Keep A Fear Journal). I have found that getting to the root of my death anxiety helps me lessen my anxiety about death.

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Life with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Life with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), relatively new to childhood diagnoses, may explain your child's terrifying outbursts. Could it be DMDD?Most people don’t know what life with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is like. But if your child is perpetually angry and irritable or you walk on eggshells for fear of triggering terrifying outbursts, these behaviors may point to disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, a childhood mood disorder that can lead a child and his or her parents on a scary and frustrating journey.

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Using H.A.L.T. to Avoid Triggers in Addiction Recovery

Using H.A.L.T. to Avoid Triggers in Addiction Recovery

Using HALT to avoid triggers in addiction recovery eases the recovery process. Learn to recognize when you feel hungry, angry, lonely, or tired here.

One of the most important ways I have learned to deal with triggers in addiction recovery is using the H.A.L.T. acronym. If you have been to treatment for addiction, then you likely know what I am talking about. H.A.L.T. stands for hungry, angry, lonely, tired and it refers to the things that you should pay attention to when you are feeling restless, irritable or discontent. What I have learned is that when I am feeling that way, it’s probably that I am hungry, angry, lonely or tired, and that if I address the underlying feeling, then I feel better. Using H.A.L.T. in addiction recovery is a simple way to avoid triggers and get to the heart of what’s really bothering you.

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Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Dating

Binge Eating Disorder Recovery and Dating

During eating disorder recovery, dating can be difficult to navigate. Here I share what I've found necessary for a healthy relationship during recovery.
Since being in eating disorder recovery and feeling well enough to start dating again, I have found that the dating scene can be difficult to navigate. Finding someone who understands what you are going/have gone through may seem like an impossible task. Here are some tips on getting back out there once you feel ready to date again in eating disorder recovery.

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How a Mental Health Community Reduces Stigma’s Impact

How a Mental Health Community Reduces Stigma’s Impact

Being a part of a mental health community can help reduce isolation associated with mental illness. Plus, mental health communities soften the impact of stigma.

Many xon’t know this, but a mental health community can reduce the impact of stigma. One thing that mental illness is really good at is making a person feel isolated and alone, which is a perfect way for stigma and self-stigma to thrive. There are a number of ways to combat that, such as reading more about the illness to learn the facts versus the fiction. But another way to effectively combat whatever sort of stigma comes along is to immerse oneself in a mental health community to reduce the impact of stigma and connect with others who have similar experiences.

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Use Physical Fitness to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Use Physical Fitness to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Physical fitness fights mental health stigma - and self-stigma - on many levels. Read this to find out why you should and how you can fight stigma with fitness.

There are many ways that fitness can help you fight mental health stigma. One of the ways people form stigmatizing beliefs about those with mental health issues is that they think they are lazy for not working or engaging in society. Mental health stigma makes people believe these myths, but myths can be busted by more individuals who have a mental illness getting healthy exercise and improving their fitness levels.

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