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The Perils of Perfectionism

It was their first prenatal class. Jennifer was 20 weeks pregnant, and she and her husband were happy for the chance to hang out with other couples who were newly pregnant. After all, none of their friends had children yet, and they were ready to share their experience with others.

But, as they waited for the class to start, Jennifer looked around at the other couples in the small classroom. She saw beautiful, pregnant women in...
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The Most Deep-seated Fear

Calming the Most Deep-seated Fear

When I talk to new moms about their emotional health while they were pregnant, I listen while they share what it was like, the sadness or worry that they felt and how it affected their experience of pregnancy - and...
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When Depression Tries to Silence You, Silence It by Opening Up

It's been a long winter in my mind and community.

I've been thinking about depression a lot, lately.

I don't know if it's because most of the days in January and February were filled with gray skies, rainy days, random snow storms, overwhelming flu, and frigid temperatures, but they probably didn't help anyone's moods.

Many people I know have been kissed by winter's cold, icy lips this season and it feels like many of us...
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How I Have Learned to Control My Mania

I have bipolar disorder, and I have experienced many manic or hypomanic episodes. I cycle at least once a month, and events and moods can trigger mania. I have to be careful to not get too excited.

I used to flip to mania at every party, then crash into depression when I got home. The higher my mania escalates, the worst the depression is after the crash.

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Sugar Intake and Depression

When I'm depressed, I reach for comfort foods first; foods like chocolate, ice cream, pizza, mac n cheese, and flavored coffee drinks full of sugar and cream. These foods are great, and they are comforting in the emotional moment, but they don't make you...
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Craving Normalcy As a Gifted Person with Mental Illness

My whole life people have treated me like I’m special. I was the precocious kid who learned to read and play the piano while in kindergarten and was placed in a gifted program for fourth graders when I was in third grade. I was the high schooler who collected honors and awards.

Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was constantly being told how talented I was, between my various musical and artistic gifts...
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Mental Health

True Failure

"For a saint is just a sinner who fell down, And got up"  Donnie Mcclurkin 

"But nothing is perfect in God's perfect plan" Neil Young 

They say nothing is certain but death and taxes but I got to throw in troubles. I never had a day...
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Spiritual Attitudes

Sexuality as a Spiritual Act

Those moments of intimacy with your spouse, those special moments when no matter how much noise might be outside of the window, you are only aware of each other. That deep connection which is connected to your trust, vulnerability, emotions and your...
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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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5 Reasons Why Holidays Can Be Stressful

The holiday season is here again. People are running around for presents, racing against each other for the better deal, and there are Christmas ornaments and songs everywhere. It’s the holiday spirit, and everyone’s doing it, right? Kind of….

Whether you celebrate it or not, you can’t avoid it. Some people really enjoy this time of the year, and it can be fun and enjoyable. But there are also others who find it quite stressful and depressing....
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Unusual Crucible

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”-Oscar Wild
Linda: Crucible is defined as a place or occasion of severe test or trial. We tend to think of crucibles as a loss, illness,...
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Bipolar II

What Repealing Obamacare Means for Bipolar Disorder

President-elect Donald Trump recently released his plan for his first 100 days in office. Among his listed goals is repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This act necessitates action from Congress, but with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Trump’s goal will likely be realized. The Affordable Care Act has had a significant...
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Trauma Of Domestic Violence: 7 Ways It Alters Your Life

Photo Credit: Alexas Fotos

Do you know someone who is (or have you been) the victim of domestic violence in some form (, as a child, a parent, a spouse, etc)? Do you remember what happened during the abuse? Domestic violence is more prevalent than most people believe. In fact, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that about 20 people, per minute,  are being physically abused in...
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Adult Mental Health

Facts On ECT: Concerns With Shock Treatment

Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT), termed shock therapy in the 1940s and 1950s, is a type of treatment used in cases of resistant or severe depression. It is often the last resort following a line of treatments (medication, talk therapy, etc.).

ECT is the induction (or encouragement) of a seizure using an electrical stimulus (or electrode) applied to the scalp to create shock-like waves to the brain. Anesthesia or a muscle relaxant is used and a device is placed between...
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