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Abuse

Is Jesus All You Need for Emotional Healing?

All my life I've watched people stand up in church and tearfully tell how all their problems were solved by inviting Jesus into their heart (a phrase not found in the Bible, btw.) And all my life, their claims bothered me. I just didn't buy it. No therapy. No counseling. No journaling. No learning. No soul searching. No recovery. Their testimonies implied that Jesus healed everything from pain from narcissistic abuse to addiction with absolutely no effort on their part, no...
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abandon

Alienated Fathers: Don’t you DARE Give Up!

'I had the plan, the place, the rope,' my husband, Rhys, told me. 'I was going to end it all. I'd been a loving father and a good provider. What I didn't realize is that my ex never intended to stay with me nor let me be a father to my children. I was merely a sperm donor to her. When she had the full quota of children, she took them away and sued me for every pound I made. I...
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Bipolar

Good and Bad Ways to Cope with Depression

I feel consumed by darkness like the house in this photo

This winter, however, has felt frigid in both my heart and community.

The temperature, much like my moods, has been up and down leaving my body scrambling to adjust and often sick, achy, and utterly exhausted.

I've been in a seething, foul, and agitated state for what seems like weeks. I don't know for how long though because my memory seems to be under...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Depression & Chronic Illness

Millions of people suffer from chronic physical illness, including almost half the population of the United States. Chronic illness accounts for 76% of physician visits and 91% of prescriptions filled as well as 81% of hospital admissions. Among people with chronic illness,...
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Anxiety

Addiction and Limiting Beliefs

“When you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.” This quote, attributed to Les Brown, sheds light on the powerful nature of limiting beliefs.

Simply put, what we believe determines our reality.

If you’re carrying around a lot of weighty, self-limiting beliefs, you’ll find...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Did My IUD Trigger My Depression? Part II

This article is Part II of “Did My IUD Trigger My Depression.” You can find Part I here.

As a person with bipolar disorder, I have to work constantly to monitor my symptoms and recognize any triggers that may induce a depressive or manic episode. Several months ago, something triggered a severe depressive episode that still hasn’t fully dissipated. I initially thought the trigger might have been travel or seasonal change, but recently remembered...
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Depression

The Impact of TMS Through the Treaters’ Eyes

Eight years ago the team at ThriveLogic TMS + NeuroHealth (ThriveLogic) began providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an alternative option for treating depression. Just like medications or talk therapy, TMS is one tool in the depression-treatment "toolkit" providers are using to help people live healthier, happier lives.

Over the years, it has become clear that the people providing the care make a big difference—specifically the people doing the TMS treatments. Professionally, these individuals are known as treaters, coordinators, therapists or technicians....
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Why I Stopped Taking Latuda

Episodes of depression can be unpredictable. Sometimes they emerge without an identifiable trigger and without warning. Sometimes triggers are identifiable, which helps inform preparation for any potential episodes in the future, but may not help with the current episodes. Length of depressive...
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addiction

You Can Start Over If You Believe In Yourself

Whatever is going on with you, whether you a struggling with depression, anxiety, a personality disorder, addiction, or other mental or emotional illness, you might feel like you'd like to just start all over again, fresh, with a blank slate, to embrace change, grow, live and love.

You might daydream about starting fresh or you might feel that thinking that way, feeling a flicker of hope, is just too painful--after all, haven't your hopes been shattered...
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Anxiety

Natural Treatments for Depression

As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life, I have experienced many different treatment styles and coping methods.

I have gone through the standard psychotherapy and have taken antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications.

Over the past year, I have gone...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Depression Without a Depressed Mood?

I’ve been experiencing a depressive episode for five months. It’s been a horrible experience and longer than any other depressive episode I’ve ever had.

It has negatively impacted almost every aspect of my life including work and relationships. Through this...
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Anger

Addiction and Judgments

“That shouldn’t have happened.”

“What a jerk.”

“I totally screwed up.”

“I am a total screw-up.”

All of these statements are judgments, and all of them have the power to ruin your life if you let them.

Does that sound overly dramatic? If so, then it’s time to get...
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Anxiety

What is Agitation?

"Sometimes, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells with you, Son. I never know if you're going to be nice or start yelling." -- my Mom

As you can imagine, this hurts to hear and even more to write. I, like many people with mood...
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