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Anxiety has many nasty effects, one of which can be making us too nice, too passive. I'm guilty of this. While I do consider myself to be genuinely kind and considerate of others, I often take this characteristic a bit too far, putting my own thoughts and emotions aside and even altering my actions for the sake of others. If you find yourself doing much more giving and very little "taking," read on for a look at how anxiety can make us too passive and a few tips on how to begin the process of picking yourself up off the doorstep of life. 
Dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at work can be stressful. Navigating flashbacks, panic attacks, and hypervigilance is difficult in any setting, but managing these symptoms in a workplace can feel impossible. When you're constantly worrying about judgment from your coworkers and peers, it can be hard to focus on the job at hand.
Most of us are well aware of the importance of a strong work ethic to succeed in one's professional life. In fact, thanks to today's hustle culture which demands that we work as much as possible, we are acutely overworked across generations1. Irrespective of what certain people in positions of power want us to believe, overworking aka hustling is bad for the mind and body.
You're going to need to talk to people about your bipolar disorder. It doesn't matter what stage of the illness you are in -- just after diagnosis, deep into treatment or in remission -- you need other people to know about your mental illness. So let's talk about why you need to talk to people about your bipolar and how to do it.
It’s the middle of the summertime, and every day is hot and humid. I hate this time of year; I find this kind of weather so draining.
Building healthier self-esteem takes courage. Your courage will help you make the changes you choose to make to your actions and attitudes that will allow you to feel more confident and self-reliant. But where do you find the courage to become the person you wish to be? How do you begin to practice bravery to build strong self-esteem?
As the eyes and ears of American society are fixed on dismantling more than 400 years of racial injustice at this pivotal moment in time, the intersection of racial trauma and eating disorders must be part of this broader conversation. Racial trauma is a form of posttraumatic stress that individuals from marginalized ethnic groups can suffer in response to discrimination, threats of harm, and shaming events based on their race or skin color. The trauma could be inherited genetically from abuses in the past, or it could manifest through inequalities in the present.1 Much like other traumatic experiences, this can lead to adverse effects on mental health such as eating disorder symptoms.
I've loved writing for the Living a Blissful Life blog at HealthyPlace, but the time has come for me to move on. Here, I'll leave you with a few parting thoughts about how to live a happy, fulfilling life. 
If you've never heard of the term "time-blindness," you aren't alone. I've been researching and writing about mental health for nearly 10 years, and I only heard the term last year, even though it is a major problem for a lot of people, especially those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Typically on this blog, I talk about how I am recovering from depression and anxiety, but I have strongly identified with the symptoms of ADHD for a few years now, ever since I started reading resources on what ADHD looks like in girls and adults. Once this pandemic is over, I plan on being professionally evaluated to see if I actually have ADHD or if my ADHD symptoms are connected to something else. Regardless of a diagnosis, I definitely experience time-blindness, and it makes life in general difficult, but it can also create big problems for my mental health.
Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) means you need as many tools as you can find to remain grounded and stable. This can be difficult when you are trying to balance a routine made up of work, family and friends. However, I’ve been able to find solace in an unusual place: my iPhone.

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Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
Hi Beth, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. It can be difficult, vulnerable work to explore the nuances between eating disorders and sexuality, so well done on your commitment to bravely enter into this with your therapist!

— Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, "Surviving ED" Author
Beth B
Wow! Thank you for this. My therapist and I are in the early stages of exploring these very delicate areas that I usually go to the greatest lengths to shut off/down.
Jose Barker
Some alters are down, right evil!!! They exist to dismantle any happiness the host has. During one instance of the evil alter, I asked if the "happy" alter could come out. MUCH to my surprise it did and the person calmed down, began smiling and having a great day. It only worked that one time. Do you have any input on this? How did I luck out that one time. I've only tried it a couple of other times and it didn't work.
Tonie Ansah
Hi Lucille,
I agree sugar isn't at the top of the list of positive reinforcements because it can be problematic in excess.
For me personally, I sometimes exercise and use the adrenaline afterward to get busy work done.
I'm not big on TV, but I've seen TV time used as a reward as well. Some other things I can think of off the top of my head are a trip, a massage, clothing, makeup, skincare products etc..

What is something you really enjoy or like? What do you consider an absolute treat? I think when you have ADHD finding ways to get going will be an ongoing, unique, and creative battle.
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
Hi Drew,

Anxiety can affect every part of the body, including eyes/eyesight. You're not alone -- my own vision is impacted by anxiety, too (objects can be somewhat blurred/less clear, and focusing is more difficult). As with any physical symptom, it's always a good idea to check in with a doctor (in this case, an optometrist or ophthalmologist) just to rule out underlying causes that aren't related to anxiety.