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Coping with Verbal Abuse This Christmas

Coping with Verbal Abuse This Christmas

You can't take a holiday from coping with verbal abuse. Not even Christmas makes the abuse stop. Read this for tips on coping with verbal abuse this Christmas.

Christmas is celebrated as a time of peace and joy, but for anyone coping with verbal abuse, the holiday season can be quite the opposite. Perhaps you’re forced to spend time with a manipulative or criticizing family member you wouldn’t normally see, or maybe the emotional vampire lives under your roof. Either way, verbal and psychological attacks can become more frequent and intense over the holidays, causing anyone in the firing line to become drained and withdrawn. Here’s why abusers act worse at the holidays, and how to cope with verbal abuse when it begins.

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How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

How Are ADHD and Homelessness Connected?

ADHD and homelessness are connected. Why is this true? What's it about ADHD that creates the risk? Understand the link between homelessness and ADHD--read this.

While some people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are wildly successful, a recent study has shown that there could be a connection between ADHD and homelessness. I am fortunate to have friends, family, and other resources to keep a roof over my head, if necessary. Still, I have a faint fear about ending up in a state of destitution. A large part of it is the sense of panic that comes with having ADHD, a creeping fear that, one day, your life will collapse around you. Because of that, it does not surprise me that some people with ADHD become homeless.

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I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

Bipolar disorder can erect an invisible barrier preventing me from doing things. Learn more about this invisible bipolar barrier and effects.There are so many things that I want to do during the day but I can’t do them due to the invisible barrier of bipolar disorder. When I try to explain that to people, it’s almost impossible. I just can’t do things. It’s like I’m weighed down with 1000s of pounds. There’s an invisible barrier that bipolar disorder erects between me and what I want to do.

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The Depressing Side of Living with Chronic Pain

The Depressing Side of Living with Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain makes me feel like I'm not good enough. Chronic pain takes so much from my life--more than my mental illness. Do you know how I feel?

It’s so hard living with chronic pain–something that people can’t see from the outside–and constantly feeling the need to justify how you feel or act towards others. Being someone with both mental and physical health problems have left me on a rollercoaster of never feeling like I’m good enough.

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My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

Life with social anxiety is hard every day, whether I'm grocery shopping or socializing. Learn tips for living life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) here.My life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) isn’t much of a life. When faced with strangers, my social phobia causes me to avoid physical proximity, eye contact, and small talk. Though normally well-spoken, the attention of others causes me to stumble over my words. Thoughts of job interviews or parties send me into a panic. I am often frightened when faced with a crowd. Daily life with SAD is unnerving and often unpleasant.

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Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication compliance rates for psychiatric medications could be better. Now there's a medication that digitally tracks compliance. Should we be worried?

Medication compliance for people taking psychiatric drugs is notoriously hit and miss. Because of that, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a form of aripiprazole (Abilify) that digitally tracks medication compliance in patients with schizophrenia, some forms of bipolar, and some cases of depression according to Psychiatric Times.1 A digital sensor in the pill tracks when the medication is ingested by sending a digital tracking signal to an arm patch. Information can be provided to patients and might be shared with families and providers. While this may be the first such drug approved by the FDA, it will not be the last. So, the question for mentally ill patients and their families is this: Is this a wonderful, new medication compliance tool, or is it a potentially dangerous invasion of privacy?

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The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Helps Anyone with Depression

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Helps Anyone with Depression

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline helps people with depression with or without suicidal thoughts. It's like a free counseling session. Call anytime.You have probably heard of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. What you might not know is that it is intended for anyone going through depression, even those who do not experience suicidal thoughts. The resource connects callers to local crisis centers where counselors are there to listen and provide support. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen can save a life and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can do that.

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Stop the Stigma of Substance Abuse: Six Things Anyone Can Do

Stop the Stigma of Substance Abuse: Six Things Anyone Can Do

The stigma of substance abuse keeps people from seeking treatment. Without treatment, many addicts will die. Learn what you can do to reduce substance stigma.

Anyone can help stop the stigma of substance abuse. A major obstacle to addiction recovery, stigma, is a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a topic or group of people. Stigma results in prejudice, avoidance, rejection, and discrimination against people who have a socially undesirable trait such as drug abuse or addiction. In my own recovery process, I felt the stigma of substance abuse and it kept me from seeking help for many years. 

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Effects of PTSD on Relationships If Both Partners Have PTSD

Effects of PTSD on Relationships If Both Partners Have PTSD

The effects of PTSD on relationships in which one partner suffers are hard to deal with, but when both partners have PTSD, the relationship can be tricky.

The effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on relationships when both partners have PTSD create both problems and benefits. Living in the aftermath of trauma is difficult enough on its own, but navigating a relationship in which both partners have PTSD can be an emotional minefield. Fortunately, learning how to be in a relationship with someone who has PTSD is easier to understand when you live with PTSD too.

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Schizoaffective Disorder Plus Anxiety Make Me Feel Lonely

Schizoaffective Disorder Plus Anxiety Make Me Feel Lonely

Having schizoaffective disorder plus anxiety is making me lonely because I'm afraid of doing things that would help end the loneliness. Do you feel stuck too?.

I have schizoaffective disorder plus general anxiety disorder. General anxiety may sound like a mild condition but, for me, it can be torture. When I’m feeling extremely anxious, I often hear voices. And when facing my anxieties triggers schizoaffective voices, it becomes very hard to cope.

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