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Jennifer Lear
The title of this blog is "Coping with Depression." In the past, I've used it to talk about ways to feel productive, beat procrastination, and improve relationships during a depressive episode. But the reality is that some days, "coping" just means surviving through the worst days. So, in honor of World Suicide Prevention Month, I would like to offer some simple tips on how to get through when "getting through" seems impossible.
Kate Beveridge
It can be challenging to stay grounded in the present moment when you live with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Unstable emotional states and anxious thoughts can often pull you into the past or future mindset. However, bringing yourself back into the present can have a wealth of benefits for your mental health.
Elizabeth Caudy
I was diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1999 after a psychotic episode at college. My first diagnosis of a serious mental illness markedly changed my sense of fashion and the changes stuck even with a later reassessment that I was schizoaffective. I have a few ideas as to why.
Kim Berkley
The stories we tell ourselves can often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Using creative writing for self-harm recovery is one way to rewrite the narrative of your life in a way that can affect real, positive change.
Sarah Sharp
Keeping a child mentally healthy can be challenging, especially if your child has a mental illness as mine does. In fact, I think it can be harder than keeping a child physically healthy since keeping the body in shape basically involves a checklist. Good diet, check. Lots of exercise, check. Plenty of water, check. Annual checkup, check. A child's mental health, though, can be a bit more complicated.
Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez
Struggling with anxiety means often experiencing symptoms unexpectedly, so compartmentalizing anxiety can help. Life does not stop when you experience anxiety. The day goes on, you still have to go to work, go to school, tend to your family, and all of this does not stop when you feel anxious. However, there are coping strategies you can use to help you manage chronic anxiety on a daily basis when you know that life goes on and it is important to focus on the present. During times that this has occurred for me, I have found that it has been helpful for me to compartmentalize my anxious thoughts and feelings.
Juliana Sabatello
When we aren't at our best emotionally, it can help on a nervous system level to just have someone be with us to co-regulate our emotions. I was definitely one of those children who needed a hug when I was upset. I have always responded strongly to the negative and positive emotions of others. I also respond very well to a calm person comforting me when I am anxious or stressed. I work mostly with children, so I am used to hearing the term "co-regulation" as it relates to parents and caregivers helping children calm down when they are upset, but it can be just as powerful for adults in relationships.
Kelly Epperson
When you're going through postpartum depression, it can feel like you're lost. It's as if you're seeking mental health through an endless maze of treatment, setbacks, and obstacles. Knowing how to treat your postpartum depression is a big step. When it comes to treatment, I firmly believe in using everything at your disposal. I am all for talk therapy and medication. In fact, I used both of those avenues in my treatment. However, that doesn't mean those are the only two ways you can treat postpartum depression. I found that there were several natural methods that helped me feel better and have more good days.
Cheryl Wozny
Suicide is a very real and prevalent issue for individuals of any age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. It can be more widespread in some locations or groups, but anyone can fall victim to suicidal thoughts, including individuals who suffer from verbal abuse. 
Mahevash Shaikh
Picture this: you are at a social event and having a reasonably good time. Then, someone you don't know walks up to you, and after some small talk, asks you, "So what do you do for a living?" If you like your job or don't care much about it, this question can be mildly irritating. But since you are used to it, you answer and move on to another topic. However, no matter how common this question is, nothing changes the fact that it is inappropriate to ask people what they do. Let's see why.

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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.