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Finding the Right Level of Self-Care with PTSD

Finding the Right Level of Self-Care with PTSD

Managing self-care with PTSD can be a balancing act between making excuses and doing too much. Here is how the author approaches self-care decisions.

Finding the right level of self-care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shouldn’t be that hard considering that self-care is a concept I read or hear about daily. The Internet is replete with self-care checklists and ideas for busy parents, overloaded students, and almost every mental health condition ever diagnosed. However, balancing my level of self-care with PTSD becomes lopsided because self-care frequently presents as an activity or item that is considered to be a treat. Manicures, chocolates, long baths, and time to read are common self-care suggestions. Personally, I find self-care to be more complicated, as it is not always about taking it easy on myself. Here is why I balance my indulgence level of self-care with PTSD against challenges.

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A Year of Shock Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder

A Year of Shock Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Shock therapy for major depressive disorder, also called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sounds scary. But it gave my daughter her life back. Here's our story.My daughter just graduated from a year of shock therapy for major depressive disorder (electroconvulsive therapy [ECT]). It gave her life back. Her severe major depressive disorder had stopped her from functioning in life and kept the threat of suicide lingering over her like a vulture waiting to pounce. Yet, today, a year after beginning shock therapy, she has finished her college program, gotten a job and is socializing and taking care of herself with a kind of sparkle that had once seemed impossible. Shock therapy for my daughter’s major depressive disorder created a miracle for her.

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Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption affected my mental health since I found out I was adopted at 5. Ultimately, adoption affected my mental health positively, but there were dark times.

Adoption affected my mental health through the years, but it also caused some problems. For one, not knowing your biological parents can make self-discovery very confusing, as you have a lot of questions about where you came from and who would have raised you. Here’s my story about how adoption affected my mental health throughout my childhood and how my perspective on myself and my life have changed.

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Bipolar Disorder Functioning: If I Stop, I Won’t Start Again

Bipolar Disorder Functioning: If I Stop, I Won’t Start Again

Functioning in bipolar disorder is so hard. When I start working, it's for such a short time. Learn about making functioning in bipolar disorder work.Functioning and bipolar disorder is a constant struggle. I know this is true not just for me, but for so many with serious mental illness. And part of the oddity of my functioning with bipolar disorder is that if I stop functioning, being productive, I just won’t start again.

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Introduction to Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, Author of ‘Surviving ED’

Introduction to Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, Author of ‘Surviving ED’

Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, the new author of "Surviving ED" shares her story of developing, and recovering from, anorexia. Learn more here.My name is Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer (but for convenience sake, call me Mary-Beth). I’m honored to join HealthyPlace’s Surviving ED blog. I hope we can engage in honest, authentic and meaningful conversations about the triumphs and struggles of eating disorder recovery. But first, here’s some background on my own path to healing from anorexia nervosa.

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My Husband’s Biggest Difficulty with My Mental Illness

My Husband’s Biggest Difficulty with My Mental Illness

My husband's biggest difficulty with my mental illness surprised me. Schizoaffective disorder isn't easy to deal with, but those symptoms don't bother him.

There are many difficulties with my mental illness. If you’ve been reading Creative Schizophrenia regularly, then you most likely know I have a wonderful husband named Tom who is very supportive in my journey with schizoaffective disorder. He is so supportive that he makes me feel it is our journey with my schizoaffective disorder. So when one of my readers asked me what the biggest difficulty with my mental illness was for him to deal with, his answer surprised me.

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Two Years After My Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Diagnosis

Two Years After My Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Diagnosis

After my dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis, life continues as a series of ups and downs. Will life with DID get easier? I think so--here's why.

After my dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis, I had to accept that it doesn’t go away. There’s no medication to cure it and no therapy that works 100% of the time. DID is manageable with treatment, but even then, the DID diagnosis stays with you. It has been two years since my DID diagnosis, and I am still struggling. But does DID get easier as time passes?

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Superwoman Syndrome and Superman Complex Make Anxiety Soar

Superwoman Syndrome and Superman Complex Make Anxiety Soar

The Superwoman Syndrome or Superman Complex cause anxiety. You can reduce anxiety by checking these symptoms to find out if you're trying to be superhuman.

Do you expect yourself to be Superman or Superwoman, a person with powers so great that you can do it all with no side effects like anxiety? If you are, you’re not alone. This pressure to do it all, be everyone to everything, is common enough to have terms attached to them: Superman complex or the Superwoman syndrome. Feeling pressured to live your life in a superhuman way can and does contribute to anxiety. You can use your very human powers to fight the Superwoman syndrome or Superman complex and decrease anxiety. 

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Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Anxiety level skyrocketing? Take control of overwhelming anxiety and stress these three steps. Take a look.Everyone gets overwhelmed. We all have times when life is stressful or we’ve signed up for–or been given–more than we can easily handle. For those of us with anxiety, however, feeling overwhelmed can quickly transform into outright terror. But you can battle the anxiety that comes from feeling overwhelmed with these stress relief tips.

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Emotional Maturity May Frighten Us in Addiction Recovery

Emotional Maturity May Frighten Us in Addiction Recovery

"I have to feel my own feelings?" This was my biggest fear about sobriety.My lack of emotional maturity during my active addiction caused me to stuff down my feelings. Thinking, “I have to feel my feelings?” caused me great fear when I started sobriety. Whenever I started working through a 12-step program, dealing with emotions felt like opening a closet door with a big, scary monster inside of it. The scary monster was all the feelings I’d stuffed in there, during the decade I used. I was emotionally immature and didn’t have tools to handle the ups and downs of life. Getting drunk or high was my response to every feeling. For example, if you made me angry, I would get “drunk at you” for revenge. It really was as silly and self-destructive as it sounds. I was so scared of that monster, my emotions in the closest, that I’d rather self-destruct than face them.

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