Mental Illness

How my wife coped with the effects of my bipolar disorder

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How did I cope with the negative effects of Jim’s bipolar disorder? Well, Jim frequently says that education is over half the battle in dealing with bipolar disorder or other brain illnesses. I agree with him, because I believe knowledge about an illness and its treatments is as necessary for family members as it is…

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The 2 reasons people hesitate to contact mental health professionals

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Professional listening, feedback, guidance, and, at times, medications can provide added help and hope. Some folks hesitate to contact a mental health professional such as a therapist, psychiatrist, or social worker for two primary reasons: finances and pride. The Financial Hurdle: Most insurance plans cover psychiatric medications. Yet, tragically, many companies do not cover talk…

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Read the full Serenity Prayer when you start to feel overwhelmed

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It’s one thing to accept the things we can’t change, but it’s entirely another to keep ourselves in that mindset. Being aware of our negative attitudes isn’t always enough to break free from their harm—sometimes we need something to break ourselves out of our temporarily jaded outlook. The Serenity Prayer, often used in Twelve Step…

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Why we have to accept the things we cannot change

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The hard fact is that you’ll not find inner peace until you accept the offending people or situations as they are. But “acceptance” does not mean that you have to like the behavior, condone it, or even ignore it.  Just accept that “it is what it is.” Some folks spend much of their time trying…

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Why it’s so important to distract yourself from resentment

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When you’ve been injured, it’s hard to stop the mental “instant replays” of your disappointment, resentment, betrayal, or other upsetting incident from your mind. For example, resentment is the number one cause for why alcoholics drink. In most cases, bitterness damages or threatens an alcoholic’s self-esteem, finances, security, ambitions, or personal relationships. For an alcoholic,…

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The importance of writing down your thoughts and feelings

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Recording your trauma enables you to step back from your pain so you can be more objective. It can be like an out-of-body experience that makes it possible for you to view the situation more objectively—to see the facts as they are without being tainted by your reactions. Your writing need take only a few…

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