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TJ DeSalvo
By default, I describe myself as an overall positive person. Despite that, I don’t always see myself in the most positive light, and my mental health plays a part in that. Things have been unstable because of it, and I often wonder if I will have anything resembling a positive future with my mind being how it is.
Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
There will often come a time in the healing process when you feel an impulse to share what you've learned with someone else and invest in their eating disorder (ED) recovery as well. I have experienced that urge in my own personal journey, and I've also watched it manifest in other ED recovery warriors I know.
Sarah Sharp
A little while ago, I wrote a post about how I'm okay with my child having a mental illness. More recently, I was thrilled to learn that he feels the same way. My child wants to keep his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and he isn't a fan of the idea of someone taking it away.
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS
You need a mental health sanctuary because life can be chaotic and overstimulating. Being constantly on the go, facing endless responsibilities and demands, is stressful. Add to this our fast-paced, technological world that has us almost constantly plugged in and connected, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed and even out-of-control. When the brain is bombarded by sensory input, it can have a hard time processing everything. One pleasant and effective way to decompress and reset is to create a soothing sanctuary for your mental health. Keep reading to discover what a mental health sanctuary is, why it's vital, and how to create it.
Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez
Dealing with chronic anxiety can be lonely when you feel like others don't understand what you go through. One of the challenges with this is that it can cause you to want to withdraw from others.
Juliana Sabatello
Whether or not we like it, we live in a world made for extroverts. Life demands so much of our social energy, and while extroverts feel energized in the company of others, introverts like me feel drained when they spend too much time around other people. Neurodiverse people and those with mental illnesses might feel even more drained in social situations than neurotypical individuals. If we don't recognize when we're socially overwhelmed and do something about it, we can end up coping with it in other less healthy ways.
Martha Lueck
Anxiety is a common struggle for people who undergo major stress. However, anxiety becomes paralyzing when it intensifies so much that a person loses the ability to function. In this post, I share my description of paralyzing anxiety and information about my experience with it. I also discuss coping methods that helped me get through paralyzing anxiety.
Mahevash Shaikh
They say you only live once. For a person with depression and suicidal tendencies, death is not exactly bad news. I know this sounds bleak, but every one of us is sure to die someday. In fact, my "death story" is often the only thing that motivates me to work hard. Let me explain. (Note: This piece contains a trigger warning.)
Kelly Epperson
You've been diagnosed with postpartum depression (PPD). You've started treatment, whether it be therapy, lifestyle changes, and/or medication. You read about one woman who had PPD and was better in a month, so you're ready to tackle this and "return to normal" in a few weeks, right? Not so fast. How long "should" PPD last?
Kate Beveridge
People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may struggle with self-destructive behavior and self-hatred. I spent many years believing that I didn't deserve happiness and getting in my own way because of it. However, there are methods you can use to stop sabotaging yourself when you live with BPD.

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Michelle
My boyfriend is bipolar and self medicated. He has been taking something he buys online in liquid form under the tongue. It wasn’t ideal but it actually did seem to be helping him and I was at the point where if it helps I’ll take it. Over the summer he started to slip into old negative behavior, when he is manic he gets mean and snarky. He picks at everything I do and say, criticizes me and calls me names. A few weeks ago he started going to a psychiatrist for experimental ketamine treatments. Before that he became obsessed with weight loss and fasting. He lost 20 lbs and starting fast for 48 to 72 hours at a time once a week. He was constantly food shaming me and trying to get me on his dieting level. Then he added the ketamine into the mix and was intolerable and mean all the time. Last week I picked him up from an appointment and he picked a fight with me, said a bunch of hurtful things and broke up with me. I went to his house and gathered my things and left. We didn’t talk all week. He sent me a message that night reminding of an obligation I had in the morning. I didn’t respond and I didn’t make the obligation either. I ran into him a few times that week at work (yes we work at the same company so there’s that) the first time we shared an elevator and made pleasant small talk. After I felt ashamed for even being nice to him after how he treated me so the next few times I just ignored him altogether. He messaged me on fb that night and said he missed me and wished I’d come over for some jalapeño poppers he’d made. Then the next day we chatted and he seemed like he was having regret and was still even considering coming on my trip for my bday in October. I tried to reach out the next day but he ignored me. Then I had asked about a couple of things I forgot to grab from his house, I said I’d leave my car unlocked and he could just leave them in my car at work l. That way if he didn’t want to talk he didn’t have to. Days went by and nothing. No returner stuff and no response. I waited a few more days to give him space then I messaged him again. This time on fb messenger so I could at least see if he was reading my messages. I said if he needs more time let me know. If it’s done and he doesn’t want to talk again at least let me know and return my things but either way please don’t leave me hanging. I’ve done nothing to deserve that. Read the message but no response. Even fb says we are still “in a relationship” he hasn’t told his family whom I’m close to and I wanted to give him the opportunity to either figure it out and or tell them first. He has had a history or being in w relationship and then ghosting her. I don’t know what this is or what he wants. I feel like I’m going crazy and not sure what to do
Kathy Terrell
Omg I am 2.5 yrs sober & ate a piece of tiramasu.
I went back & asked about the alcohol & was told 1/3 cup in whole pan.
What now???
Annette
I love to get fresh flowers, burn scented candles, and love on my little chihuahua. I put on some soft music and tend to my house plants. This really soothes me and helps me to focus.
Beth
I am hoping to get to the place where I don't put makeup on my arms anymore. I have many round flat white scars and some purple ones from skin picking, an OCD condition called Dermatillomania. It's embarrassing and disgusting but I am just so sick of feeling this shame. The makeup doesn't even cover it all up (I use Dermablend) and my skin feels "icky" all the time. Plus I get it all over the inside of my car, my clothes, sheets, etc. I slowly started to realize how free and nice it feels to not have the coverup on. So today, I am taking a big step and not wearing any makeup. I'm not sure what I'll wear, I might still wear a long sleeved blouse, but baby steps, right? I just want to get to the point where I can handle the stares and looks of disgust. That is what I am most fearful of. But I can't keep living like this, it's horrible. Your article has given me hope that I can be "normal" again. I am also going to see a dermatalogist to see if there is anything they can do to at least fade things a bit. I won't lie, I'm scared but I am not going to give up!
K.
This is a very old article. There hasn't been any comment for a number of years. I might be wasting my time. But couldn't help but comment too. I'm a Christian and legal husband to a legal wife who has NPD. And two children who are autistic.

Demonic influence cannot be contributed to everything, but it cannot be ignored either. There are instances where clear demonic influence was the cause of a definite mental health situation in the Holy Bible. Two instances I can think of right away; the man in the cave who had a legion of demons influencing him and the young man who threw himself in the fire and water.

Yet the King of Tyre mentioned in the Book of Isaiah I believe was known to have been possessed by the satan and yet there's no indication the man had mental health disorders. His problems were solely of a sinful nature. Money and power!

Mental health disorders can be contributed to imbalances inside the body just as people who are born with disfigurements. These things can be just that. Something went wrong. But we cannot say that its never linked with demonic influence. It doesn't mean the person is the problem. Demonic influence upon a person isn't always linked to sin.

Matthew chapter eight highlights different instances. Peter's mother in law was sick, but there's no mention of demon influence. The Centurion's son-like subservient got very ill and there's no mention of demons. Then there's mention of "many others" who were ill but the link of demons.

There are cases where demons are linked and other times when its abnormalities. GOD does allow people to be born with imbalances, improper functions of the body, and so on.

We can know absolute truth of what the source is by seeking GOD. HE will give wisdom to know if these problems are normal imbalances of the body. If they be we can seek in faith for GOD's healing. Of course medicine might still be necessary. Unless GOD gives clear indication it should be handled with medicine. GOD can give a miracle and heal. That might not always be the case.

My mother eventual grew old and passed on. She suffered from mental health issues. She passed on with mental health issues. I've received promises from GOD that healing would come to my family. That I hold onto with faith.

I know there's demonic influence upon my home because I've been confronted by them, I've seen them in dreams, I heard them shout stuff on two occasions. They are real and we cannot ignore that reality. They do affect emotions and can control peoples behaviors. Is it always the situation? No.

It's important to seek GOD for conformation on what the situation is and how to do it. The problem with human wisdom is that it does not have authority of a largely unseen world. That's GOD's authority. Find out what the source is then deal with it properly. Instead of denying one side of the debate or the other. A Pastor who contributes everything to demons is wrong and one that ignores demons altogether is wrong.