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How I Healed from a Narcissist Boyfriend’s Abuse

How I Healed from a Narcissist Boyfriend’s Abuse

I experienced a narcissist boyfriend's abuse for years. His narcissistic abuse caused an eating disorder in me and broke down my self-esteem. But I learned that you can heal from a boyfriend's narcissistic abuse.By the time my narcissist boyfriend hit me, we were more than a year into our relationship. Though he had yelled at me plenty, I had no clue until the moment his hand crashed into my face that physical violence was in his repertoire. Nor did I know he was a narcissist and already priming another woman to replace me. I did know, having been tipped off by his daughter, that he had kept secret from me an addiction to meth. I should have left upon this discovery, but I was far too enmeshed to escape. Besides, my narcissist boyfriend promised to change and I thought forgiving him was the high road.

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Writing a Resume as a Job Seeker with a Mental Illness

Writing a Resume as a Job Seeker with a Mental Illness

Writing a resume when you have a mental illness can be tough. How do you deal with gaps in job history? Learn about how to write a resume with a mental illness.As a job seeker with a mental illness, it can seem daunting and slightly worrying when it comes to writing a resume. So many thoughts can fly through your mind such as, “Will they mind that I have a mental illness?”, “Does it affect my chances of getting the position?”, or “Will they think of me as less-abled when it comes to the task at hand?”

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Meditation Saved Me from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Meditation Saved Me from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was devastating to me, but medication saved me from the worst of my OCD.Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) plagued me from the age of six. And, in fact, plagues me until I discovered meditation. While many like to joke about having OCD, my diagnosis was one I tried to hide, feeling ashamed of it as I grew up. Doctors tried to figure out how a child could be such a perfectionist and obsessive clean freak, but I lived with this reality knowing nothing different. As far as I knew, the way my brain worked was normal; productivity should have been everyone’s top concern (as far as I was concerned). Meditation saved me from OCD thoughts.

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Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

Helping a Spouse with Schizoaffective Disorder

A mental illness, like schizoaffective disorder, in your spouse can be challenging. Learn how to help a spouse with schizoaffective disorder here.I have learned that helping a spouse with schizoaffective disorder is not trivial. I have been married for almost eight years now to a woman named Hannah, we have a beautiful four-year-old daughter and I always thought that our life was perfect. However, two years ago, Hanna was diagnosed with anxiety and schizoaffective disorder, and everything changed. It is really hard to live with a person, who is dealing with such problems and I see how they affect our daily lives and our daughter. We no longer have that spark, tenderness and trust. Very often, we simply don’t have topics to discuss as my spouse with schizoaffective disorder can remain silent for days or disappear for hours.

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Three Mistakes I Made in Bulimia Recovery

Three Mistakes I Made in Bulimia Recovery

Everyone makes mistakes during bulimia recovery. Learn from my three bulimia recovery mistakes so you don't make them too.If you are new to bulimia recovery, mistakes will happen. You might already feel overwhelmed, thinking, “Where the heck do I start, and can I even make it there?” Learning from someone else’s mistakes in bulimia recovery is sometimes the best thing you can do to avoid making the same mistakes. In this post, I want to share with you my three learned-in-recovery lessons so you can avoid the mistakes I’ve made in bulimia recovery and cut the “recovery curve.”

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Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Small Injury Leads to Prescription Pain Medication Addiction

Prescription pain medication addiction is more common than you think. Read one man's story of how he became addicted to pain medications prescribed to him.Prescription pain medication addiction can happen more quickly than you can imagine. Here is my story of being addicted to pain medication.

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Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

Schizophrenia and Relationships: What You Need to Know

It can be difficult to be in a relationship with someone with schizophrenia. Read tips on having a successful relationship with one with schizophrenia.Relationships with schizophrenia are complicated. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a lot of things suddenly made sense and a lot of things were instantly out of place. For instance, my relationship with friends and family got complicated. As first, I didn’t know if I should tell them. I was afraid of how they might react. The same was true for meeting new people. When do I tell them? Should I tell them? What if I scare them away? The word “schizophrenia” carries a stigma after all.  Stacked on top of this was the fact that I have always been more of an introvert by nature. Being told I was schizophrenic didn’t help. Instead, it became a justification for me to withdraw and refrain from being social. My relationships have been altered by my schizophrenia.

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How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

How to Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Supporting someone who suffers from bipolar disorder can be a difficult and challenging experience. Having lived with two people who suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, I’m only now starting to figure out how to help people with bipolar disorder. It’s taken years for me to understand how their ailment affects their way of thinking and how best to help them when they have emotionally intense episodes.

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Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

Helping Your Child with OCD When You Don’t Know About It

How to help your child with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is not in any parenting manual. Helping your child with OCD is almost impossible when you don’t know about it yourself.

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The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

The Great HealthyPlace Giveaway

We’re celebrating the inaugural video of our first HealthyPlace YouTube vlogger, Hannah Blum, with a fun giveaway. Hannah has bipolar 2 disorder and she’ll be sharing not only her story but, in the weeks to come, she’ll be talking about many different aspects of living with a mental illness. Her first official video post is this coming Monday morning. You’ll definitely want to check that out.

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