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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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When Being a Pushover Becomes a Problem

When Being a Pushover Becomes a Problem

Being a pushover is a problem you can overcome. Here's a way that can help you stop being a pushover and take control of your life. I'm doing it - you can too.Being a pushover isn’t what I expected to happen when I refused to acknowledge my anxiety. But slowly I began to sink into a puddle, losing my spine. I felt like I was becoming the world’s biggest pushover because my ability to trust and express my opinions disappeared. Once I realized I was letting this happen, I started asking myself questions in an attempt to get better. Where did being a pushover start? How has it affected me? How can I stop being a pushover?

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How to Benefit from Distractions

How to Benefit from Distractions

You can benefit from distractions, but distractions can keep you from doing important things, too. Here's how to ensure distractions benefit you every time.You can benefit from distractions when life gets overwhelming and you just need a break. If you use distractions for a short time, they can help you become more productive. But what happens if you use them too often and without time restraints? Read on to learn about how to benefit from distractions by using them wisely and effectively.

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Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting realistic goals that benefit your mental health is hard if you struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Here are tips on how to make realistic goals.

Having realistic goals benefits your mental health, but many people with depression or other mental illnesses struggle to set goals. Read on to learn about how to make and keep goals that benefit your mental health even if you’re living with a mental illness.

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How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

When it's been a bad week, you need to relax to avoid intense anxiety that lasts longer than the cause of it. Try some of these and make your week end better.

How do you cope when it’s been a bad week? Some people can shrug it all off, but if you are anything like me you can’t. Coping strategies for when it’s been a bad week can help prevent intense anxiety as time goes on.

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Coping with Anxiety in the Shadow of Tragedy

Coping with Anxiety in the Shadow of Tragedy

Anxiety after a tragedy is common. When a terrible event shakes the world around you, try these coping techniques for anxiety after tragedy. You aren't alone.Coping with anxiety after a tragedy can feel impossible. When something terrible happens, we are faced with so much to process. Suddenly, it can feel as if the world is dark and scary. With the help of coping techniques, handling anxiety after a tragedy is easier.

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Mindfully Choosing Music for Playlists Improves My Mood

Mindfully Choosing Music for Playlists Improves My Mood

Mindfully choosing music for playlists improves the music's ability to help you cope with mental illness. Here how to mindfully choose music for playlists.Mindfully choosing music for playlists is my favorite coping mechanism to relieve anxiety and depression, and listening to the music and lyrics later improves my mood. Some lyrics give us a sense of hope that life will get better; others help us find comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Choosing music for playlists mindfully positively impacts my mood. Here’s how making playlists helps me cope.

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