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Best of Our Blogs: January 12, 2018

I've been watching the HEAL documentary which features spiritual teachers including Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra and Reverend Michael Beckwith. The idea that our emotions can heal our physical bodies is a complete change in mindshift. For years, our power has been displaced.

Watching how our bodies have the potential to heal by our own efforts was a hopeful reminder of just how powerful we are. Instead of believing we're victims solely dependent on doctors and their prognosis for us, we have the ability to heal and restore our own health.

I think it's an important message whether you're seeking advice for how to raise your child, deal with the narcissist in your life, or control your anger, remember experts are important guides for support and insight, but you are also an expert in your personal experiences. Using both resources is the way towards our own physical and emotional healing, and well-being.
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Bipolar

What Progress and Recovery Looks Like with Bipolar Disorder

Sometimes I wish that I had a disease like cancer instead of bipolar disorder. It’s not because I think cancer is an easier illness to treat or has better outcomes; it’s because a doctor could run tests and tell me if I’m doing better, worse, or the same.

That definitive test doesn’t exist in the treatment of any mental illness. Even the diagnostic criteria are based on self-reporting and observation. Because of this, people living with bipolar disorder need to find other ways to both see progress for themselves and show others they are improving.

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General

Podcast: Talking with Suicide Documentary Director Lisa Klein



In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales talk with Lisa Klein, director of the powerful documentary about suicide, The S Word. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly everyone has lost someone to suicide, whether a family member, friend, coworker, etc. Despite this, we don’t talk about it enough. In this episode, the director speaks of why she chose to make this film and how it affected her personally. Additionally, she talks about some of the stories that didn’t make it into the movie, the diverse perspectives featured, and more.

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Anxiety and Panic

Why Can’t I Shut Off My Mind?

Beth came to therapy because she could not stop her mind from worrying. She’d think about the same things over and over, get stuck in a thought with no solutions loop. She’d wake up obsessing about her future and blaming herself for past mistakes. Intellectually she knew she just had to do her best and take everything a day at a time. But she could not quiet her mind.

Ruminating, as defined by Webster’s Medical Dictionary, is “obsessive thinking about an idea, situation, or choice especially when it interferes with normal mental functioning; specifically: a focusing of one's attention on negative or distressing thoughts or feelings that when excessive or prolonged may lead to or exacerbate an episode of depression.”
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Marriage and Divorce

Are You Making These 4 Communication Mistakes in Your Romantic Relationship?

We assume that communication should come naturally to us, and maybe we think it does, especially in our romantic relationships. After all, we communicate all the time. We talk to our partners all the time about a wide range of topics, from what's going on with our jobs to what's for dinner to why we're feeling so upset.

But good---clear, connection-enhancing---communication takes work. It requires some education, effort and practice. You’ll likely still stumble from time to time. Because, of course, you’re human.
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Anxiety and Panic

The Challenge of Staying High-Functioning While Battling Multiple Mental Illnesses

Recently I was attacked by several people online, saying I must not have “real” mental illness since I am able to work, be in grad school, and have stable friendships and a marriage. Those words hurt me deeply. I don’t know what constitutes “real” mental illness but I have dissociative identity disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. My everyday struggle is real.

Here are 10 things I want you to know about being high-functioning and managing multiple mental illnesses.
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Best of Our Blogs: January 9, 2017

How do we return back to business as usual now that the holidays are over?

There's something magical that happens to us around New Year's Eve. While we're normally non-believers and curmudgeons the other days of the year we suddenly and miraculously believe we can have the family we've always wanted, be recognized at our job and find the perfect mate.

While those are all achievable dreams, we still have to contend with the fact that it's Tuesday. We're at work. We're living the same as we did in 2017.

How do we keep that motivation and excitement so it doesn't fizzle out? Read these posts to identify what's prevented you from being successful in the past and what small steps you can do start the process of change now.
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Family

5 (Subtle) Signs Your Mother Is a Covert Narcissist

After all -- It is all about her, not you.

Not every narcissistic mother fits the fading movie star image -- braggadocious and vain saying, “I’m ready for my close up Mr. DeMille.”

Because women have been socialized to appear accommodating and self-effacing, these learned behaviors could obscure an underlying narcissistic personality disorder. Mom might be the helicoptering PTA president, squeaky-clean Sunday school teacher or long-suffering martyred momma who appears to put her children first. Don’t be fooled.
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