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When My Siblings Stress Me Out, I Remember These Five Things

When My Siblings Stress Me Out, I Remember These Five Things

My siblings stress me out, but I have learned five lessons about how to cope when my brothers and sisters get on my nerves. Learn the lessons I've learned here.

When my siblings stress me out, it can trigger my anxiety. And if you have siblings, you might have experienced anxiety from living with them too. Growing up with my five siblings was not easy. At times, dealing with my siblings was (and still is) a nightmare. But I have learned that growing up with siblings can shape who you are in a positive way and teach you a lot about relationships. In this article, I talk about things I remember when my siblings stress me out.

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Coping When a Loved One Passes Away

Coping When a Loved One Passes Away

When a loved one passes away, there's no right way to feel, but there are things you can expect. Learn about what you may be feeling and how to cope. Read this.

When a loved one passes away, the feeling can be extra traumatic if you’re someone who struggles with depression. You feel the negative feelings start creeping back in, and find it hard to go through the motions of everyday life. When a loved one passes away, after a couple days you start to fear getting trapped in the dark hole of depression with no way out.

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Introduction to Brandy Eaklor, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

Introduction to Brandy Eaklor, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

Brandy Eaklor of "Getting Through Tough Times" talks about anxiety, depression and some of the hard things she has gone through. Learn about Brandy Eaklor here.My name is Brandy Eaklor, and I’m excited to be writing for the Getting Through Tough Times blog at HealthyPlace. I am 24 years old and have been struggling with anxiety and depression since I was around 12 years old. I lived in a toxic environment as a teenager, with a stepmother who did not want me to have a relationship with my father. The alternative was to live with my mother, who had abusive men in and out of her life. This pain also lead me to emotional eating and binge eating to cope with my emotions. I felt alone, unaccepted, self-conscious and unworthy.

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Proper Communication Methods Are Vital for Relationships

Proper Communication Methods Are Vital for Relationships

Proper communication methods change depending on what message you want to relay. Learn how verbal and written communication can be used to better relationships.

Using proper communication methods in relationships at work and home are important, but, for people with anxiety, communication can be very difficult. Many people either do not communicate enough or primarily choose to use one method–either verbal or written communication. However, both written words and verbal speech are very important to maintain relationships. If you struggle with proper communication methods, read on to learn about when to talk and when to write and how each can affect relationships.

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New Year Anxiety: Four Calming Thoughts for the New Year

New Year Anxiety: Four Calming Thoughts for the New Year

New year anxiety can cause serious problems when expectations run too high. Let go. Read these calming thoughts about new year anxiety and feel better today.

New year anxiety can be a problem when you’re thinking about the future. Beginning a new year can be very stressful. You’ll hit more milestones. You’ll experience triumphs and setbacks. So it’s understandable that the first month or so might shake some nerves. Here are some ways to cope with new year anxiety.

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Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace benefits my mental health in many ways. I've learned so much from everyone. To find out how you can blog for HealthyPlace, read this.

A little over a year ago, I started writing for HealthyPlace. During my time contributing to the website, I learned a lot about myself and how I can better manage my mental health. I also learned about others, how they cope, how they communicate about mental health, and how we can help each other strive for wellness. Writing for HealthyPlace has given more awareness of when depression starts to hit and when to seek help. Read on to learn more about my first year writing for HealthyPlace.

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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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Changing Antidepressant Medication: Coping with Side-Effects

Changing Antidepressant Medication: Coping with Side-Effects

Changing antidepressant medication can create such terrible side effects that you want to stop taking it. I chose to wait it out and here's how I'm doing it.

Facing the possible side effects of changing antidepressant medication can make trying a different one really scary. You read the list of the medication’s side effects and hear all of the horror stories that other people have told. You try to remind yourself that these are their stories and not your own. So you gather up the courage to actually try it. I recently started a psychiatric medicine and have learned many things about how to cope with the side effects of changing antidepressant medication.

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Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

I've learned strong lessons in mental health while writing for HealthyPlace, but it's time to say goodbye. Discover what I've learned and share your progress.

The mental health lessons I’ve learned while writing for HealthyPlace will serve me well as my life changes. I am not a stranger to major life changes. I’ve undergone quite a few in the last few years, and there are about to be a few more. For this reason, I have to say goodbye to HealthyPlace this week, but not before sharing my mental health lessons and asking you for yours.

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How I Cope When Vivid Dreams Affect My Anxiety

How I Cope When Vivid Dreams Affect My Anxiety

Vivid dreams affect my anxiety the next day and anxiety can also create vivid dreams. Here's what I do to cope when vivid dreams affect my anxiety levels.Have you ever had a really vivid dream that affected your anxiety? Maybe you found yourself overanalyzing the dream the next day. Perhaps it was just a nice dream that you wish would exist in real life, or maybe it was a nightmare that increased anxiety. Whatever the case, vivid dreams can cause us to behave or think differently after we wake up. Read on to learn about how my vivid dreams affect my anxiety and what I am doing to cope.

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