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Cheryl Wozny
The effects of verbal abuse are numerous. They can affect the victim during times of abuse and also long afterward, impacting their life. Some side effects have influenced my adulthood, even years after facing an abusive situation. Isolation and loneliness are factors that have made their way into my world with verbal abuse.  
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS
Mindful breathing is a simple and powerful tool for enhancing mental health and wellbeing. While this may seem strange, mindful breathing can help anxiety in two opposing ways: It can calm the nervous system so we feel less anxious, and it can also lead to increased energy. Breathing mindfully can both calm us down and pep us up, countering two frustrating effects of anxiety. Add these four mindful breathing exercises to your daily life for positive, anxiety-reducing benefits.
TJ DeSalvo
Yesterday, I woke up in the middle of the night with bad dreams. The dreams were such that I was unable to fall asleep for the rest of the night (it was 4:00 AM when I initially woke up) and spent much of the rest of the day in a negative state of mind. Because this tends to happen not infrequently, I want to take the time to discuss it in a bit more detail.
Nori Rose Hubert
This post contains a discussion of the Pulse nightclub shooting and violence against queer people. June 12th is a difficult day for me. This year it marked the five-year anniversary of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that snuffed out the lives of 49 queer people -- most of them Black and Latinx -- and wounded 53 others in Orlando, Florida.
Annabelle Clawson
I like to feel prepared. I like to expect a particular thing, and I like when that particular thing happens. I don't cope well with sudden changes in plan, and I don't remain calm when disaster strikes. The unknown is a major source of anxiety for me--often my fear of the unexpected future is debilitating. I've been working on living with uncertainty, diving into the unknown with curiosity instead of anxiety. Read on for two of my favorite ideas for dealing with uncertainty.
Natasha Tracy
Let me start by saying I'm not against bipolar disorder support groups. Actually, I recommend them to people and think they can be very helpful. That doesn't mean there aren't drawbacks, however. One of those drawbacks is the spreading of misinformation in bipolar disorder support groups. If you participate in bipolar disorder support groups, it's something you absolutely want to watch out for.
Martyna Halas
Whether you've slowed down due to the pandemic or thrown yourself into the sea of new responsibilities, you might feel emotionally exhausted as a result. This is completely normal, though it might become an obstacle on your road to self-harm recovery. Burnout could easily become a trigger and exacerbate self-harm urges, so it's important to recognize the signs and take action before it's too late.
Martha Lueck
While difficult seasons in life are painful, the journey through them can teach us many important lessons. Navigating hard times can help us develop strength, courage, resilience, and empathy. In addition, we receive opportunities to look for hope. To learn about my personal experiences with hard times and what I learned from them, continue reading this post.
Alixzandria Paige
There is nothing that causes a flare-up of my anxiety quite like having to say goodbye. It feels like the worst thing in the world I could do is to give up a good opportunity, but sometimes in life, I have to take a risk. This article is going to be about how I diminish the anxiety I feel when I have to say goodbye.
Laura A. Barton
Recent events in tennis have highlighted mental health stigma in sports and mental health struggles in sports in general. I'll be honest; I don't follow sports—neither the actual games/matches/events nor the athletes—but the controversy with tennis player Naomi Osaka bowing out of the French Open due to backlash over her mental health self-care decision caught my attention.

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My son is slated to be transferred to Richmond State Hospital after an extensive amount of two decades of mental illness and substance abuse. He is great when he is good, clean and medicated properly. Illness gets the better of him way too often, then, of course, he makes rotten choices that are detrimental to his health and well being not to mention others that may come in contact with him. A viscous cycle of a very bad situation, very sad and true. After reading some of these articles and others as well, I will comment once he is there and has been there for awhile and let you know what I find as an opinion on these matters. I've contacted an Ombudsman for the Indiana Mental Illness Association and speak to NAMI at times when I am perplexed with the systems. The money issues at hand are inadequately routed funding-wise and therefore, things over time do not evolve enough at all for the better of human beings with mental illness. Just having these types of illnesses is enough of a detriment for Gods sake for a person. Then to have to be helped through a bunch of red tape to say the very least only adds to the issues at hand not getting relieved properly. I do hope my son has a life changing experience through this next time frame he's up against, and I pray moreso that it is a positive one. I will be going to the facility sometime throughout and will check back with my feedback on the whole picture. Interesting, isn't what I'm expecting, but let's hope so, I'd love nothing more than to be pleasantly surprised. Hope is MY four letter word and always will be.
One DID Ally
i don't think this article was meant to blame any hosts for their perceived lack of accountability. i saw the article as trying to examine the errors that are apparent in how media and the justice system observe you (a person with DID).
One DID Ally
hope this reaches you in a time of providence.

perhaps you can have a chat mellow chat in a soothing environment. be sure both of you are prepared for this alter to try and break your means of communication with your sister. let her know how you believe her; and, therefore, when this alter does commit acts out of her control through her body, this opens a vulnerability in her connection with reality. alters can take advantage of this, and it only seems to me that's what this alter is doing right now because i certainly don't have all the information. i truly hope this helps with the least potential for pain.

sincerely,
a sister to one who lives with DID.
John
Self hatred is not healthy and it will never be healthy, how can you spit such nonsense?
Annie H.
I've suffered from chronic depression and an anxiety disorder for 30+ years, the exhaustion brought on by anxiety is debilitating. I made the anxiety medication decision years ago and it has made all the difference. I'm not anxiety-free, but the medicine helps to take the edge off considerably. Breathing is a key factor in helping me to manage my anxiety as well, it's a distraction. I cannot concentrate on breathing and entertain my anxious thoughts simultaneously, I don't have the bandwidth.
I must disagree with your assertion that breathing is a simple way to regain energy. I will go one step further and assert that breathing while anxious is not simple, easy to do, or refreshing. Re-focusing the anxious mind to concentrate on breathing takes practice, (sometimes years of practice) patience and energy. Learning to breathe through anxiety is fraught with the frustration brought on by the number of failed attempts. Like many people who suffer from an anxiety disorder, I assure you that words like "simple" and "easy" or phrases such as "you can easily accomplish this by..." are perceived as offensive. Those words indicate a lack of effort on the sufferer's part, and appear to take aim at one's intelligence. Words matter in a world of stigma on people with mental illness. Thank you for this informative post.