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Imagine feeling your chest tighten and you cannot breathe. You know you're having a heart attack and you rush to the hospital only to be told there is nothing physically wrong with you. For many people suffering from panic attacks , these symptoms can be a commonplace occurrence. These anxiety attacks can be completely debilitating, preventing people from living normal lives or even going to work. Panic attacks accompany a wide range of other mental illnesses such as depression and agoraphobia .
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The National Institutes of Health has estimated that between 3-5 percent of all children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) . The diagnosis of ADHD has never been without controversy.
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I want to thank all of you who tuned in to our show last night on families and addiction. A lot of time is spent discussing the addict and the addiction itself, but not enough time is spent on family and friends of the addict.
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According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We all know addictions can destroy the life of the addict, but what about the family? How can the family cope and support the addict without being co-dependant and feeding the addiction? Our topic for the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show airing live, this Tuesday, March 31st is "Families and Addiction."
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The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans suffered from a mental disorder in 2006. That is over one quarter of the adult population who needed help. Have you ever wondered if you might need help or suffer from depression or another mental illness ? Do you know where to find help? Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 24th is titled: "Reaching Out: How To Know If You Need Help and Where To Find It."
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I wanted to thank all of you for watching our show last night on "Soldiers and the Hidden Battle, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." The show had some really great information for anyone affected by PTSD .
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Well over one million American troops have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. While many troops have given the ultimate sacrifice, many more soldiers may be closet casualties of the war; suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, aggression, and alienation from loved ones. They may not even be able to hold down a job. (See description of PTSD )
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Imagine being a cutter, self-injurer, for many years. Wanting to stop, even stopping off-and-on, but always returning to it. Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 10, is titled: "I am a self-injurer and I cannot stop." Our guest is Dana. You can read a bit more about her struggle with self-injury and see an intro video here.
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Thanks to all of you who tuned into our first live broadcast Tuesday evening! The HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show topic was "The Devastating Effects of Untreated Bipolar Disorder."
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Most anyone who is living with bipolar disorder, or who has a family member with bipolar disorder, understands the personal impact this illness can have. In Dr. Harry Croft's post entitled "Bipolar Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment," he addresses some of the more serious problems:

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Elizabeth Caudy
Dear Matthew, Thank you for your comment. When I used to have delusions and hallucinations, I didn't enjoy them at all. I guess if you enjoy yours you won't want to do this, but maybe you could ask your doctor about how to treat your delusions and hallucinations. Just a thought. Elizabeth
MATTHEW SIPRESS
I HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIA AND MY DELUSIONS AND HALLUCINATIONS ARE PRETTY PLEASANT AND ENTERTAINING........I BELIEVE I AM RECEIVING RADIO MESSAGES FROM PLANET DROTAR AND THE MESSAGES TELL ME HOW SO VERY AIRLESSLY LUNAR I AM AND SO DO THE VOICES, WHICH ARE PLEASANT FEMALE VOICES........I ENJOY LISTENING TO THE VOICES AND RECEIVING THE RADIO MESSAGES FROM PLANET DROTAR.........I AM ON ABILIFY, WHICH KEEPS ME CALM AND MELLOW, TRANQUIL AND FULL OF SERENITY.....I TRY TO GIVE MYSELF POSITIVE SELF-TALK AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.........
Ceaea
I'm sorry I have no advice to offer you. I just want you to know your not alone. 99% of the behaviors you mentioned I am also dealing with with my fiancé. He begged me to seek counseling for my depression, anxiety, and anger. I did and was referred to a psychiatrist. Turns out I have Bipolar type 1. I'm on medication for it. The things I have been responsible for have gotten better however he refuses to be seen by a psychiatrist to be diagnosed and receive treatment. He sees nothing wrong with his words and actions so he won't budge. Even though he has the potential to be a great man and father he will not get the help he needs.
Kim Berkley
Hi Paula,

Thanks for your comment. There is definitely some overlap between the two, to be sure. (I also pick excessively sometimes, to the point of needing band-aids.) For me, I think the main difference is that I was always conscious of my actions when self-harming (even if I felt like I "had" to do it), whereas I often start picking unconsciously and don't even know I'm doing it until I suddenly feel it or something draws my attention to it (my boyfriend will reach over and grab my hand to stop me if he sees me doing it).

But everyone experiences these things differently, and for you, maybe they are the same thing. (As far as I know, there's no "official" classification one way or the other. And you have every right to choose the labels with which to describe your own experiences.) I think the important thing to remember is that, regardless of what we label it, skin-picking does hurt us, and is something to work on healing—one day at a time.

I hope we both can find a good way to stop, or at least reduce, our picking, someday soon. :)


Sincerely,
Kim

Kat
I think it’s a loss of control to the point where it forces us to only focus on what we can control in the moment which is our breathing and just remaining still. It’s from having criminal terror inflicted on us from a young age, it does something to the mind, making us lose most ability and keep us in one spot because we are in shock basically. It’s really bad to force yourself out of it trust me it leads to breakdown and burnout