Court Rundell
Rapid weight change due to mental illness is challenging enough without dealing with people's reactions. I've experienced rapid weight loss and gain on three separate occasions. The most dramatic weight change I survived was a 30-pound loss that left me looking like a skeleton with dark circles under my eyes. The only thing more shocking was people telling me how great I looked.
Krystle Vermes
One of the most fear-inducing symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID) is dissociative amnesia. When the mind is elsewhere and split off from the conscious body, it can be easy to lose track of everything from time to conversations with other people. It took me years before I understood this commonly overlooked symptom of DID, and just as long to gain control over it and my everyday life.
Hollay Ghadery
I'll state the obvious: dating someone in eating disorder (ED) recovery can be difficult. Since my husband and I are coming up on our 11th wedding anniversary, I'd thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about the challenges of forming healthy relationships when one party is struggling with an ED.
Megan Griffith
Medical trauma is an underrepresented form of trauma that happens all too often to people with mental illness. For example, when I was 19, I sought treatment for what I then thought was bipolar disorder, and the reactions I got from doctors left a psychological wound that still affects me today.
Martyna Halas
The change of seasons can sometimes make us feel moody and add seasonal depression on top of self-harm urges, and you might have a problem. Especially in winter months, it’s hard to remain positive when all you see outside your window is doom and gloom. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can happen to some during those times, making us feel depressed and, well, sad. Depression can also fuel self-harm urges, so it’s crucial to practice coping skills and lots of self-love when it’s dark outside.
Laura A. Barton
The links between mental health stigma and trigger warnings are multifaceted, which means navigating trigger warnings can be complicated. Mental health triggers are often easily dismissed as weakness or laughable, but they're very real, and warnings can help people prepare for a situation. However, those who don't want trigger warnings can also feel stigmatized by them.
Martha Lueck
With the COVID-19 pandemic still among us, social distancing rules will affect winter holiday celebrations, but you can use tech to close the gaps with your loved ones. If you usually have huge family parties, perhaps fewer long-distance friends and relatives will attend this year. This might make you feel sad and disconnected. However, the use of technology can help you celebrate the holidays with your loved ones. Continue reading this post to learn about how to take advantage of technology for the holidays.
George Abitante
I noticed while trying to think of a topic for this week's article that I often write about anxiety in terms of the individual experiencing it, but up until now, that has not included asking for help when you're anxious. I'll sometimes bring up things like helping someone else with anxiety, but I rarely discuss how to ask for help when you feel anxious yourself.
Court Rundell
I recently experienced rapid weight loss from anxiety, and it felt like a vicious cycle that would never end. My anxiety worsened with every meal I missed, and every pound I lost. It was completely overwhelming and scary, but I got through it. Read on to learn how I was able to stop the cycle of rapid weight loss and return to a healthy weight.
Jennifer Lear
How can shame damage relationships? After all, shame has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. It is one of the things that makes human relationships and social structures unique and is arguably a necessary component of every civilized society. However, I believe people with mental health issues experience shame at a disproportionately high level, and this can be incredibly detrimental not only to their recovery — but also to their relationships with the people around them.

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Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
Hi Theresa,

Thank you for reaching out with your concerns. I am sorry to hear about your niece's struggles with mental health. Please see our list of resources and hotline numbers ( for more information on where to seek help for your niece in the area you live.

Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
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Often times I find myself down, and though it's not that often, in a way if feels often. I feel that my depression is situational because of many life changes that I am currently going through, and have gone through. What I feel is causing this depression is my current situation which is being unemployed due to getting fired from my job for a criminal charge that I got about a year back which is something I didn't even do. This struggle affects me directly and puts me in a negative situation. The first thing that comes to my mind in preventing situational depression from affecting me more and more is that I like to look within myself, and not be too hard on myself. Yes we must attain responsibility for our actions, and the those effects. We must also take responsibility for how we deal with other situations that we don't directly bring unto ourselves. Doing this allows me to understand that there is a problem, but at the end of the day that I am just a human being, who just like anyone else has feelings and emotions that are tentative to change due to life and its changes. After I understand there is a problem I like to think of why it is bringing problems to my life and dissect it fully until I am able to understand all of the minor and major elements of it. This allows me to focus on the little things which can carry just a significant effect as the big ones. Last but not least, I like to learn from that situation and find a way to prevent myself from going through that situation again while thinking of the past which caused it and dealing with it, understanding what I can do in the present, and thinking that I will do anything I can in my power to not deal with something like that in the future. Along doing all of this I try to give myself time for myself, time in which I 100% do not think of the situation so I don't keep getting depressed. I also recommend to go to one of your favorite places to go and just take a breather, and be by yourself because at the end of the day you have to be by yourself to truly understand yourself and love yourself and in doing so you realize what is truly best for you and how to get to where you want to be. I hope this helps, and it may not be the best advice but it doesn't hurt to try.
Theresa Doty
I need help with my niece she has serious mental issue and haven't taken her meds for sometime now I had the cop to pick her up they took her to life first in Elizabethtown Kentucky and for some damn reason they let her back out within a couple of hours and plus she is homeless with nowhere to live.
Lizanne Corbit
Anything that is healthy and shown to help someone in their recovery is something that should be taken seriously. Self-harm jewelry can be extremely useful and empowering for many who use it. Wonderful suggestion to purchase from independent sellers and those who support mental health.
Lizanne Corbit
These are fantastic suggestions! Number 2 in particular, identify the reason you've been procrastinating is so important and one that often gets overlooked or forgotten. This is usually the key "why" behind what is keeping us stuck and until we address that, real progress will be difficult to make.