Regardless of if your parent has always been an alcoholic or if it is a relatively new part of life, learning to cope becomes an important part of life.
Coming out of a depressive period can be overwhelming, but taking it one step at a time, and being patient with yourself can help immensely. Here are some methods I use to manage my symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
There is a stigma around talking about mental health. Yes, it is acceptable to advocate for mental health and encourage self-care now. However, the ugly side of many mental illnesses is frequently overlooked. It still feels frowned upon to admit to having some of the lesser-known symptoms.
When it comes to mental health, my feed has been flooded with people telling others to “just be kind” and in theory, that is a lovely message. However, you can be kind until you are blue in the face and mental illness would still be a major issue in our society.
Working is tough for everyone, but it can be even harder if you are bipolar. Sometimes, a little advice and a few tips can change your perspective at work.
In this article, I discuss the tools I used and the changes I made to tackle my anxiety and panic attacks. Although everyone has to find their own process to deal with anxiety, some approaches to handling these disorders have been scientifically proven to help many.
Pathological lying is the chronic behavior of compulsive or habitual lying. This article will show you what to do if you have told a lie. It will help either you or someone else take the steps towards telling the truth. It will also discuss the four main types of lying.
While bipolar is commonly associated with rapid mood swings, anger, and upbeat (often uncontrollable or delusional) manic states, there are also the downs and depression that tag along with it. What causes these states and how common are they?
In order to take any semblance of control within the world around you, you must first take control of your inner world. You must train your mind like a fighter trains their body and ensure that you practice proper techniques and responses to any situation that may arise.
Rejection sensitive dysphoria is a debilitating emotional state that feels like a physical manifestation of emotional pain to the sufferer. I'm lucky to be able to dissociate from my RSD so as to analyze it and offer a clear and fair perspective of what it is like to experience it.
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.
I know first hand what it's like to be in in-patient hospitalization for mental health. I share it with you in hopes I can help others.
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.
I have never, in my life, experimented with drugs outside of alcohol. I suffered from severe depression, anxiety, and even ideations of not existing. Was a ketamine infusion the answer?
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.
“How do you think that makes ME feel?” That’s how most of us react when someone smaller than us complains about their body. How insulting, and more importantly, how should you respond?
Borderline personality disorder is probably one of the least understood mental illnesses. I hope sharing my experience can help you gain a better understanding of BPD.
Hypomania may not appear as extreme as classic mania, but it is still a symptom of bipolar disorder and can often precede a period of depression. Therefore, it is necessary to be able to identify hypomania and distinguish it from normal, healthy happiness.
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).
After spending a week back home alone catching up with DIY projects and gardening, I would like to share some of my hurdles and how I overcame them.
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.
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.
Anxiety has stopped me doing so many things; then I noticed that those things might have helped me cope with my anxiety, and therefore I'm trapped in an endless cycle. But recently I decided to push through the initial 'I can't' to determine if that is really true.
During my time as a psychiatric patient, I was subject to all levels of prescribed safety measures put in place to reduce my risk of being successful in suicide. Here, I try to explain how these felt more like punishments and how unjust this felt when I had committed no crime.
Learning that recovery is going to be neither easy or straight forward is difficult when you're really struggling just to exist. Learning to hear 'recovery is not linear' is harder.
I have struggled my whole life as a result of experiencing and witnessing abuse and violence at the hands of my father but never told a soul. Being a parent for my younger siblings made me tough and independent so I kept my worries and poor mental health to myself until I unravelled last year.
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.
Hypothyroidism, an autoimmune disease which attacks the thyroid, severe mental illness, in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction and a past full of trauma and abuse... I'm one one tough Mama.. (My Story)
Anxiety is more than fear. Oftentimes, it's an irrational reaction to a common situation. To help people understand how debilitating this "invisible disability" can be, an agoraphobic adult takes the time to describe how it feels to them.
As a trichotillomania sufferer, I will talk about my struggle with this relatively unknown, "odd" disorder and explain symptoms so you can see what it's like to live with the disorder.
Many assumptions are made about therapy, which can cause people who could benefit from the service to distrust it. This article will attempt to dissuade the negative mindset surrounding how therapy fits into the mental health industry.
There are numerous ways to cope with anxiety. What works really depends on the individual. Here are a few outside-the-box techniques that actually worked for me.
Coming out to loved ones about your mental illness can be hard. Here's some things to remember as you come out of the mental illness closet.
I am most often a watcher not a participant but alike a tiny computer I digest images and vocal tones. I am intuitive, empathetic, an introvert, and highly analytical. These are qualities that are often present in shy individuals. There are detrimental aspects of shyness but there are also benefits
I have been taking the antidepressant Fluoxetine for 1 year now. Here is my experience with the medication and how it has affected my depression symptoms.
Living with someone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder can be frustrating, especially when you don't understand what they are going through. Hopefully, by explaining my own struggles with PTSD, you can get a better picture of what your loved one is going through.