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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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Bipolar Laid Bare

Facing the Challenges of Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend two to three times as much time experiencing depression as they do mania. Some research has shown that someone with bipolar disorder will spend 50% of their time in a period of depression. If that’s the case, we need to be prepared to continue to live our lives while depressed. It’s incredibly easy to just let depression get the best of us. Powering through is difficult, but it is...
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Self Care

Making Holiday Travel Manageable When You Have a Chronic Illness

Record numbers of Americans are planning to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year. And many will also take to the roads and skies to travel over Christmas and New Year. Travel can take a lot out of you, especially if you're dealing with a chronic illness -- whether it's depression, migraines, cancer, or back pain.  In this article, Daniela Paolone, LMFT, who is both a psychotherapist and suffers from chronic illness herself, offers helpful tips for making holiday travel manageable...
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Anxiety

What I’ve Learned by Stopping My Meds and Starting Again


“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew Solomon, The...
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ADHD

A Comment, And An Answer

Sometimes I reply ... at least I try to

So here's a write these posts, and often people comment on them. I try to answer them, but I'm a busy ADHD boy.

Lots of times they grab my attention and I write a response. But other times I don't even see them. You should know that there are editors at Psych Central, this is no kiddy-show set up. These people are professional.

But today,...
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coping skills

5 Reasons to Enforce Boundaries for Yourself

Creating, maintaining, and enforcing boundaries can be a struggle for a lot of people. I've suffered from not being able to have boundaries with people, and it wasn't until recently that I realize that despite how hard it is for me, the alternative to not creating boundaries is way...
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Communication

How To Get Along Well With Others

Whether it’s your spouse, in-laws, children, friends, colleagues at work, clients, children, or people you encounter while going about your day, knowing how to get along well with others can greatly enhance your life, as well as the lives of those around you, in both personal and professional arenas.

Healthy interpersonal relationships and a strong social support system are counted among the most important elements in a happy existence. The following are some simple (although not always...
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ADHD

It’s About Life

Not just my life ...

Every two or three days I post here about ADHD. It's a pretty regular thing. I haven't missed publishing three posts a week in almost six years now.

That's a lot of words, a lot of titles, a lot of headings, and a lot of images.

And sometimes I write a post and when I give it a title, it turns out I've used that title before.

And I'm well aware...
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