The Three Musketeers of Distress: Anxiety, Stress, and Perfectionism

Guest Post By: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Five-Year-Old Tanya Makes Mistake, Sets Up Lifetime of Anxiety, Stress, and Perfectionism. In psychology and counseling, there’s a technique in which people uncover life-long limiting beliefs by creating a headline representing events and themes in their lives. Without a doubt, the mistake I made (using the wrong colors on a kindergarten worksheet) set me on a quest for perfection that created long-term angst in the form of anxiety and stress.


Tips You Can Use to Finally Free Yourself from Binge Eating

Eating disorders like binge eating are very difficult for some people to break away from even though it is something that they despise. It not only makes a person feel miserable, but they may also experience chronic fatigue and suffer from various medical conditions. The cycle of binge eating can halt any efforts that a person may make to lose weight and they may never have a high level of self-confidence.

If you are a binge eater, you probably promise yourself after every cycle...


Can the Weather be Bipolar and/or Schizophrenic?

I’ve often remarked on the absurdity of the English language. When I was a teenager, we all ran around saying we were bad. Except, of course, we meant it in an extremely positive way.  I don’t really know why, after many generations of “bad” meaning something negative, teenagers in the 80s decided to change the definition to something positive. But we did, and most people (eventually) understood what we meant when we said it.


Do People With Mental Illness Really Die 25 Years Younger?

A common statistic quoted by almost every expert is that people with mental illness will die, on average, 25 years younger than someone without mental illness. Some mental health advocates even misquote the study completely and say, “People with mental illness die 25 years sooner,” leaving out “on average.”

When I first heard this, as a person living with bipolar and anxiety disorders, I felt helpless. The average lifespan for a male in the United States is 76 years. The thought...


Anxiety or Anger? How Can You Tell?

One of the harder parts of living with anxiety is dealing with how the people around us perceive the various outward manifestations of the disorder. As an example, when I’m having a panic attack, I become sweaty, incoherent, and my heart races. Some people are likely to think I’m having a heart attack, rather than “just” having issues with anxiety.


What Is Peer Support in the Mental Health System?

In the U.S., there is a growing trend of using peer supporters to help people suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health issues. There is a general misconception, however, about the role of peer support in recovery. In some people’s minds, peer support is a replacement for traditional medical treatments and therapies.

Before I explain how peer supporters can help a person have better outcomes when managing severe and persistent mental illness, I want to explain exactly what peer support is and is not.