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Does Your Identity with Mental Illness Hurt Your Recovery?

Does Your Identity with Mental Illness Hurt Your Recovery?

Your identity with mental illness hurts your recovery. You are more than your mental illness. Learn how I changed my identity with mental illness and recovered.Your identity with mental illness can hurt your recovery. Many people identify with suffering from a mental illness and it becomes a part of who they are. This identity with their mental illness can hurt their recovery as they become so attached to the mental health label they do not know who they are without it. Being depressed, anxious, and mentally unwell in any capacity is how they know and see themselves. They cannot fully recover because they are carrying this part of themselves so close, they cannot or don’t know how to let it go.

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Mental Illness Struggles in My Teens, 20s, and 30s

Mental Illness Struggles in My Teens, 20s, and 30s

Mental illness struggles can last a lifetime. Although treatment has lessened the severity of my mental illness symptoms, my mental illness struggles continue.

Mental illness struggles are often life-long, so I think it’s interesting to look back at different stages in my life and what role they played in my mental health. I have had mental illness symptoms since childhood, but they became a lot more visible when I was a teenager. My mental illness struggles are chronic, but I am in recovery now.

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What Makes Recovery from Mental Illness Possible?

What Makes Recovery from Mental Illness Possible?

Recovery from mental illness is possible any day of the year. Recovery is a recurring decision to make every day--not just a New Year's resolution that fizzles.Recovery from mental illness is possible, but it can be surprisingly more difficult than expected. Many may believe that the new year is an ideal time to recover from mental illness as it can be a time of reflection, goal setting, excitement and new beginnings, but it can also be a time of pressure to change, share what is going to be new and believe things you may not necessarily agree with. We hear, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” hundreds of times during the months of December and January and we may think it is going to motivate us to overcome our mental illness. But a time of year doesn’t determine if recovery from a mental illness is possible, a decision does.

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Schizoaffective Disorder Recovery Helped Me Gain Confidence

Schizoaffective Disorder Recovery Helped Me Gain Confidence

Schizoaffective disorder recovery initially took away something that made me feel special. My confidence suffered. Here's why I'm glad I continued in recovery.

Schizoaffective disorder recovery helped me gain confidence, but first, recovery took away a gift I thought made me special.  Before my diagnosis in my early 20s, when I was really struggling, I thought that I was a medium and could communicate with spirits. I had both auditory and visual hallucinations that I thought were ghosts. Letting go of the belief I was psychic in early schizoaffective disorder recovery hurt my confidence.

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My Life After an Eating Disorder

My Life After an Eating Disorder

Life after an eating disorder can be full of more happiness than you imagined. I am grateful for the eating disorder treatment I received--it saved my life.

Life after an eating disorder, and treatment for both bulimia and schizoaffective disorder, is much better. I often write about my experience with schizoaffective disorder at HealthyPlace, but it was really my struggle with bulimia that led me to seek help in the first place. I struggled with my eating disorder for many years, and eating disorder recovery was rough until I was also treated for schizoaffective disorder. In my case, the two were definitely related. When my mood and psychotic symptoms were reduced with medication, I finally felt strong enough to really get a handle on my eating disorder. I spent several weeks at an eating disorder treatment center in my early 20s. I truly believe it saved my life, and during my life after an eating disorder, I haven’t looked back once.

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Recovering from Mental Illness During the Holidays

Recovering from Mental Illness During the Holidays

Recovering from mental illness during the holidays can take some extra effort, but with awareness and planning, you can continue in your recovery. Read this.Recovering from a mental illness during the holidays can be more difficult than recovering at any other time of year. The holiday season can bring additional financial, personal, and emotional stress as well as a sense of overwhelming anxiety. Seeing family members, having to purchase gifts, and juggling the added responsibilities during the holidays are all not conducive to recovering from mental illness. But recovering from mental illness over the holidays is possible with a plan and awareness of what the holidays may bring up for you.

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The Effects of Stressful Life Events on My Mental Illness

The Effects of Stressful Life Events on My Mental Illness

Stressful life events such as moving, college, and motherhood can impact our mental health. It's important to learn how to cope with stressful events in life.

Stressful life events play an enormous role in mental health issues; the connection between stress and mental illness is strong. There have been a few stressful events in my life that have really affected my mental illness symptoms. Moving, college, and motherhood have had the biggest impact on me. Some of these events took place before I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia, and some took place after. Here’s what happened and how I coped with these stressful life events.

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Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Learning how your relationship with food affects your mental illness is key for mental health recovery. Your relationship with food impacts your mental health.Many times our relationship with food affects our mental illness recovery and our mental illness recovery affects our relationship with food. Whether it’s overeating or not eating enough, usually our eating patterns are abnormal. This affects our mood, energy, thoughts, and feelings about ourselves. Lack of normalcy with food can make it extremely difficult to recover from mental illness. Being healthy and confident in our food choices, or having a good relationship with food, is key to recovery.

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College Students with Mental Illness — Survival Tips

College Students with Mental Illness — Survival Tips

College students with mental illness experience greater challenges than their peers. Here are some tips for students with mental illness from a college grad.

Being a college student with mental illness can be challenging, but for many, it is well worth it. A few months ago, I wrote an article on the importance of persistence as a college student. Persistence in college helps greatly, but it takes more than that to succeed. There are many resources available to college students with mental illness and it’s also important to build a network of support, including mental health professionals, peers, mentors, family and friends.

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A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A daily journal benefits mental illness recovery in many ways. Processing your thoughts and emotions via mental health journaling can help you recover sooner.

A daily journal becomes a powerful tool when it comes to mental illness recovery because it allows you to get out of your head and onto paper. Oftentimes when someone is recovering from mental illness, they spend a lot of time alone or feeling lonely (even if they are around other people), and he or she is usually in his or her head with his or her thoughts. When you are able to write down your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, and what you are going through, something magical happens. You find so much clarity and peace in that practice, one of the many mental health benefits of journaling. Keeping a daily journal will aid your mental illness recovery.

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