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Managing Anxiety With Acupuncture

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I am a 35 year old woman that was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and ADHD about 5 years ago. After inconsistently trying different medications and a hospital stay I realized that I needed to work on my mental health. On March 16th, 2017 I started my journey to a healthy Me. I take my medication every day and at the same time, I go to therapy once per wee...
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The Phenomenon of Hearing Voices

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"I can create stellar castles and recovery dreams."At first this seems to be a quote created from a thought. This quote speaks to the broadening of the imagination. More imagination is something we could use more in this world. As we move forward through time and space we discover that the sky is the limit. It takes a lot of imagination to believe ...
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Just Be Nice For Once!

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The stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness affects adults, teenagers and children alike. Please Stop Smiling by Richard Carlson, Jr. is a story geared toward children who have no idea when a loved one is affected by a mental illness.Jose's brother Alejandro had a mental illness. Jose's friend Sebastian makes fun of Alejandro and laughs at hi...
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Beating the Wintertime SADness

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Your Mental HealthSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is otherwise known as Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern, is a type of recurrent depression that is known to sneak up on us during the fall and winter months when we are exposed to the least amount of daily natural light. Many people refer to S...
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The Effects of Self-Stigma on Recovery

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Self-stigma comes from the shame of thinking that I cannot succeed because of my illness. "I'm too tired, I'm too unmotivated and I'm too fatigued." Self-stigma can lead to us making false assumptions about our state of mind. Even to say, "I can never get better," would be an example of self-stigma.One of the worst parts of self-stigma is that it c...
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Transitions

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There is a method to my brain chemistry: the mental descents that detrimentally impact the way in which I interface and engage with the world. I did not always understand this. At first, I was convinced I had a neurodegenerative illness or a tumor, a purely physical phenomenon that was stripping me of my personality, muting my emotions, and renderi...
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With Tea There Is Hope

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A strange correlation I know, especially coming from a Midwesterner far from the tea lovers of England.My reason for relating to this quote is probably quite different from that of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, the British actor and stage director of the early 1900s, to whom those words are attributed.There was a time in my life when that cup of tea was ...
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Recovery Happens

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Often, when we think about living in recovery as it relates to mental illness, we look at it as an elusive point at the end of a long road. With a combination of different types of treatment, recovery becomes a journey and that journey can take individuals to a healthy and productive life. Tim can testify to the trials and triumphs of working towar...
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Get some shut eye!

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I once had a physician tell me that in his opinion, if I could do one thing to avoid the cycle of hospitalization for my own mental health condition, that thing would be to establish a healthy sleep routine and get a solid 8 hours of sleep every night. Of course, getting sleep is not a magic cure for mental health conditions, but does the amount of...
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Mindfulness – Exercise for the Mind

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Have you ever pulled into the parking lot at work and realized you have no recollection of getting there? Eaten a whole meal before you noticed that you had not even stopped to taste the food? In this day and age of multitasking, people are finding themselves living on auto-pilot, rather than experiencing all life has to offer. The practice of mind...
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Exercise and Mental Health

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We have all been told that exercise is good for the body, but did you know it is also good for your mind? Doctors have argued that exercise can actually be one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and the good news is, you don't have to spend hours at the gym to reap the benefits. Even a modest amount of exercise can do the tric...
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