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Where’s the Mania?

It’s called manic depression, and for some odd reason our society leans more so toward discussions about depression. I think about all those commercials about medications for depression, or representations of depression, and usually I find them somewhat useful to better educate the population on depression,...
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How Rap Allowed Me To Sleep

When I was in fifth grade I got my first cassette tape, Run DMC Raising Hell.  I would listen to it on my headphone before going to bed.  Back then I didn't know that music was a useful tool to calm my brain. After years of my childhood suffering from insomnia, somehow the music gave me solace.  Interestingly enough, it wasn’t some soothing calm music that got me through a sleepless night, it...
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Menopause and What to Expect

 I’m turning 40 on Sunday, and am curious about menopause. It says the ages are 45-55 years old but I’d rather get an idea now cause you never know when it will happen.

Here are some symptoms:

Hot flashes
Night sweats
Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
Difficulty sleeping
Low mood or anxiety
Reduced sex drive (libido)
Problems with memory and concentration

I read the list and smiled. Yes! I’ve already experienced some of these symptoms for the majority...
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Using Mental Illness to Get Out of Situations

Ok, I know this is terrible. It is not the first time I’ve done it, and I am sure I am not the only one who has – using my mental health as an excuse for my behavior, using my mental health to avoid situations, using my mental health to justify my actions. Sometimes I use, and abuse.

Case in point

I have an on and off relationship with someone that I am trying to permanently end,...
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Depression vs. Avoidance Personality Disorder

What's the difference?

I was reading about Cluster C disorders and came across avoidance personality disorder.

Avoidant personality disorder is a Cluster C personality disorder. Those affected display a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance...
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Anxiety & The Psychiatrist

Even though I feel better when I leave my psychiatrist office, making the appointment, keeping the appointment, and getting to the appointment, have always caused me major anxiety.

It’s not like I am new to the whole deal, I’ve been going to my psychiatrist for...
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