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  • A skinny woman's battle with stereotypes. How American culture makes being thin synonymous with anorexia. "Skinny girls have no right to complain."

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    I Was Bullied for Being Thin

    by Melanie221

  • Overusing nasal decongestant sprays may actually cause more congestion rather than relieving it. This is how I developed an addiction to Afrin and how I was able to stop using it.

    Addicted to Afrin: How to Stop

    Addicted to Afrin: How to Stop

    by Charlotte Doyle4

  • Are you reading this on your cell phone? Then there is a chance you are addicted to your cell phone. But what is the addiction and how do you deal with it? This article covers that and more.

    How to Overcome Cell Phone Addiction

    How to Overcome Cell Phone Addiction

    by David Livermore0

  • Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    by Bill Holland121

  • 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression—that equates to roughly 7% in the United States. Chances are you have loved and even lived with someone who's had experience with depression.

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    Living With Someone Who Has Depression

    by Laura Izett-Irwin8

  • Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide. While medication helps many people, it's not for everyone. These three tips help me manage my symptoms in times of stress.

    Three Tips to Reduce Anxiety Symptoms

    Three Tips to Reduce Anxiety Symptoms

    by Emilie S Peck4

  • An in-depth insight into anorexia nervosa—a life-threatening eating disorder that attacks the body mentally, physically, and spiritually. Written by someone who struggles with the disease.

    An Insight Into Anorexia Nervosa: My Story

    An Insight Into Anorexia Nervosa: My Story

    by Kathleen Odenthal7

  • Have you ever wondered how to fake confidence for a job interview, first date or just in general when you suffer from anxiety? Here's my tips for acting more outwardly secure, even when I don't feel that way inside.

    How to Fake Confidence When You Have Anxiety

    How to Fake Confidence When You Have Anxiety

    by Em Clark2

  • I want to share my experience with Trichotillomania to show myself and my fellow trichsters that we are not alone. Most importantly, I want to start a discussion based on experience that can help all of us trichsters find solutions together!

    Trichotillomania: The Compulsion to Pull Out Hair and Eyelashes

    Trichotillomania: The Compulsion to Pull Out Hair and Eyelashes

    by ProfoundPuns120

  • Panic attacks are much more than just feeling stressed or afraid. They also affect each person differently. This is an account of what panic attacks were like for me, and how I managed to overcome them.

    A Guide to Stopping Panic Attacks in Their Tracks

    A Guide to Stopping Panic Attacks in Their Tracks

    by Jerry Fisher2

  • The Food Network and their stars were there for me through some very hard times. It helped me cope with difficult times and learn how to show love and taught me a very important skill that was key for my survival.

    How the Food Network Helped Me Cope and Show Love

    How the Food Network Helped Me Cope and Show Love

    by Dani Moore0

  • Alcoholism is not just an addiction, it's a disease. A disease of the brain. And just like with any other disease, it develops and progresses over time if left untreated. Drinking excessively is indicative of alcohol-dependency and could be diagnosed as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

    Winning the Battle Over Alcohol

    Winning the Battle Over Alcohol

    by Lonnie B1

  • From the time I was a small child, I experienced bouts of depression, or "the plague," as I always thought of it. When I was a child, those dark days were worse than any boogey-man.

    My Experience of Depression:  The Bell Jar

    My Experience of Depression: The Bell Jar

    by Sue Pratt122

  • As the daughter of an emotionally absent mother, I've struggled with sadness and anxiety most of my life. After taking anti-depressants for 7 years, I was ready to get off the medication and take control of my own well-being. By embracing my inner child, I finally found peace and joy.

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    7 Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Child and Heal From a Painful Past

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • Living with and being supportive of a person with PTSD can be one of the most difficult things you will ever experience. My ex-girlfriend can attest to that.

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    Living With a Person Who Suffers From PTSD

    by Sean Rice51

  • We all experience some degree of worry or anxiety. But for many excessive worrying about things can indicate an anxiety disorder, a condition that can be debilitating for the sufferer. You will find relief from anxiety by using processes offered here.

    How I Deal With Anxiety

    How I Deal With Anxiety

    by Louise Elcross4

  • Afraid of roller coasters? Always left behind holding everyone's stuff as they have the time of their lives? End your fear with these steps, and soon someone else will be holding your stuff.

    How I Overcame My Fear of Roller Coasters

    How I Overcame My Fear of Roller Coasters

    by CSNewYork20

  • What does it mean to be mentally ill? How many people suffer from this ailment? It’s more common than you think.

    Are You Mentally Ill?  Am I?

    Are You Mentally Ill? Am I?

    by Liz Elias14

  • Panic attacks can happen to anyone and at any time. They can be very frightening when they come. Here are some easy natural ways in which to help alleviate the experience.

    7 Tips for Controlling Panic Attacks

    7 Tips for Controlling Panic Attacks

    by Linda Courtney2

  • The thought of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital or ward can be a scary prospect. Fear of the unknown. I offer here what I've learned about the system in my area.

    What It Is Like to Be in a Psychiatric Ward

    What It Is Like to Be in a Psychiatric Ward

    by Lori Colbo9

  • Why does my face turn red at the most inopportune times? Is there any way I can stop, or am I doomed to spend the rest of my life hearing, "Oh, she's blushing?" Written by a fellow frequent-blusher.

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    Why Do I Blush All the Time and How Do I Stop?

    by Richard J ONeill39

  • When you're feeling anxious, you don't need someone to pet you or roll their eyes at you. Sometimes, the quickest way home is just for someone to act like you are normal because somewhere inside you are, and it helps to be reminded of what that feels like.

    7 Ways to Deal With Anxiety From Someone Who Has Been There

    7 Ways to Deal With Anxiety From Someone Who Has Been There

    by Rebecca Long1

  • Have you ever had a panic attack? Do you think you could be having one now? Panic attacks are characterized by dysphoria and can happen anywhere and at any time. There is usually an underlying cause or trigger. It's important that you figure out what is causing your stress in order to treat it.

    What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?

    What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?

    by Layne Holmes5

  • My personal story about becoming disabled with illness that can't be seen on the outside. It all began with the domestic abuse from my past.

    I Know I Don't Look Sick

    I Know I Don't Look Sick

    by Tracy B4

  • As a highly sensitive person, I regularly scour the Internet and bookshops for more material that may shed light on this wonderful gift we highly sensitive people know as the HSP trait.

    Life as a HSP: 10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    Life as a HSP: 10 Types of Highly Sensitive People

    by Richard J ONeill22

  • Emetophobia, the fear of throwing up, is the fifth most common phobia in the world. A mother shares her daughter's journey through this paralyzing fear and how, eventually through exposure therapy, her daughter finds relief and hope to pursue her dreams.

    My Daughter's Struggle With Emetophobia (Fear of Throwing Up)

    My Daughter's Struggle With Emetophobia (Fear of Throwing Up)

    by Carla J Swick8

  • Voluntarily committing yourself can be a very scary experience if you're unfamiliar with it. This article will explain my experience of voluntarily committing myself in the state of Illinois.

    What Happens When You Voluntarily Commit Yourself?

    What Happens When You Voluntarily Commit Yourself?

    by Alexa J Cobb3

  • It is very difficult watching a loved one struggle with an addiction, especially an eating disorder. While they first need to want to help themselves, there are ways you can help a friend with anorexia or bulimia, regardless of where they are in recovery.

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    by Stephanie Marshall18

  • Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.

    How I Finally Quit Smoking Cigarettes

    How I Finally Quit Smoking Cigarettes

    by Michelle Dee35

  • Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    by Susan Reid141

  • Each person experiences trauma differently. When it occurs within a family, it can shake your foundation, affect you on a daily basis, and even impact generations of family members in the future until someone decides to heal it.

    Healing Family (and Generational) Trauma

    Healing Family (and Generational) Trauma

    by Laura Izett-Irwin3

  • What a lot of people don't want to talk about, and what your doctor won't tell you. Xanax addiction is serious, and so are the withdrawal symptoms. Here I share my experience.

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal: My Story

    by Rebecca4

  • I am a shy person and have improved a lot with the simple techniques discussed here. If you are shy and aren't sure what to do, please read on...

    Techniques That Help Me Overcome Shyness

    Techniques That Help Me Overcome Shyness

    by Sakina Nasir20

  • Living with borderline personality disorder is extremely painful and confusing, and it is a topic everyone should approach with tact and understanding. This article sheds light on the topic from a personal perspective, while providing important information on the disorder itself.

    What Is It Like Living With Borderline Personality Disorder?

    What Is It Like Living With Borderline Personality Disorder?

    by Kyler J Falk29

  • When Al-Anon members do their Ninth Step amends, they often have to apologize and change their behavior towards the alcoholics in their life, as well as towards friends and family members. It is not as hard as you may have feared. Find out how to get started.

    Making Amends: What Al-Anon's Ninth Step Means to Me

    Making Amends: What Al-Anon's Ninth Step Means to Me

    by Deborah-Diane7

  • I am currently on Ketamine Infusions. They are great, but there are a few things I wish I knew before I started. I learned these things along the way, and wish to share them with you so you're better prepared.

    19 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Ketamine Infusion

    19 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Ketamine Infusion

    by Charlotte Doyle0

  • You don't have to lose your fight with depression. You can make changes every day to improve both your life and the lives of those around you.

    8 Ways to Manage Your Depression Every Day

    8 Ways to Manage Your Depression Every Day

    by Andrew Bennett Collins2

  • Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.

    My Experience With Electronic Cigarettes

    My Experience With Electronic Cigarettes

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

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