You Really Can Be High-Functioning With A Severe Mental Illness

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We are all around you. We are the walking wounded, the invisibly battle-scarred. You see us every day — in the grocery store, at carpool, at school pickup and dropoff, at PTA meetings, at the gym and at work and at the playground. You probably don’t know that we have a severe mental illness.

We don’t plaster in on our foreheads, or go around announcing it. But it’s there. It’s always there. And even as we smile, even as we make small talk, even as we nod along with you; as we raise our kids and do our jobs and have our fun, it’s always there. Always looming. Always dominating everything.

 

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Sydni’s Mental Health Journey

One weekend in June of 2017, our lives, the lives of our family, and most importantly, the life of our daughter Sydni, changed forever.

by Traci Quinn

We are shocked and heartbroken that our perfect daughter Sydni will have to battle this Mental Illness for the rest of her life.  Our families’ journey since then has been difficult, with the past six months being the worst. Sydni’s been hospitalized four times since her diagnosis. One of the things that can help our daughter in her recovery is her own “space”.

She was diagnosed with Bipolar/Schizoaffective Disorder at seventeen.  A brain disease that causes depression, mood swings, hearing voices, erratic behaviors and self harm/suicidal ideations.

 

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What Causes Anxiety and Depression?

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The Epidemic of Depression
We need to change the nature of work, community and wealth distribution.

By Michael Bader / AlterNet February 23, 2018, 2:27 PM GMT What causes depression and anxiety? I have been a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst for almost 40 years and have seen hundreds of patients suffering from both. In my experience, some factors are obvious. People who suffer from depression and anxiety have experienced stresses and traumas in their development that predispose them to mood disorders.

 

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Olympic Athletes Have Some Crazy Anxiety Dreams

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Everyone Has Anxiety Dreams. Olympic Athletes Have Olympic-Size Ones U.S. winter Olympians — whose sports can defy gravity and involve breakneck speeds on snow and ice — share some of their most common nightmares in a special NPR Up First podcast from Pyeongchang

MELISSA BLOCK, NPR
FEBRUARY 7, 2018, 1:18 PM
Olympic athletes have some crazy anxiety dreams.
Here are a few of the big questions hovering over the Pyeongchang Olympics, about to get underway in South Korea.

 

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Overcoming Your Manic, Late Night, Emotional, Compulsive, Eating Habits – Strategically

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How to bounce back from a slip in discipline.

Daniel Thomas Hind
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10:05pm. The doorbell rings.

Reflexively, I rise, nerves dulled. I don’t care to put on a shirt.

My cheeks are burning hot and sweat has gathered cold on my forehead, or it was already there.

I open the door and there stands the same Mexican delivery boy from an hour ago, 20 years old, holding a brown paper bag. I pretend not to acknowledge him.

This is no time to be upset. Chipotle has arrived! Dinner #2 for the night.  I say nothing, my eyeballs puffy and hand the kid a $20 bill.

 

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