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On most days, I am an individual without debilitating depression; instead, I live with high-functioning depression. But every now and then, there comes a time when depression completely takes over my body and mind. My arms ache and feel limp and my mind fixates on nothing but suicide. That is when I know I am officially too depressed to work and taking a mental health day seems like the best option. 
What is the crab mentality? When you have a bunch of live crabs in a bucket, you can notice something quite interesting. As a crab tries to escape out of the bucket, the other crabs will try to drag it back down into the bucket. This unique behavior of crabs has since been used as a metaphor for how many people behave when noticing the success of others. If someone else has made some great achievement or is making progress in some area of their life, there can sometimes be a tendency to diminish that person or their success. This is known as the crab mentality. And it may actually be a sign of low self-esteem.
My cat helps me through tough times. I’ve talked about my cat, Lemmy, on and off on this blog since it began. I’ve even devoted an earlier post to him. But he’s never really been featured front and center on video before, and I wanted to change that.
Did you know there are many different types of self-care? I believe there are five primary types of self-care, and all of them are equally important. It can be easy to practice some and neglect others. If your only types of self-care are going to the gym, taking bubble baths, or getting massages, you are likely missing some key components to maintaining overall wellbeing.
Distress tolerance skills are coping skills taught in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of treatment that teaches patients how to regulate their emotions and respond to distress through skills training. Distress tolerance skills have proved to be especially effective in people struggling with self-harm and other self-destructive, maladaptive behavior. 
Research studies have found many parallels between bulimia and drug addiction. Conceptualizing bulimia as an addiction, or simply understanding the similarities between these mental health problems may help open up new possibilities for treatment.
Is your habitual thinking helpful or unhelpful to your mental health recovery? Today, my therapist completely changed my approach to recovery, and even more importantly, she changed how I see myself and my decisions. With one simple question, she encouraged me to be more compassionate toward myself than I have been in years. I was explaining to her how I tend to get stuck in my mind whenever I feel I've failed or messed up because I sit and think about what I've done wrong, why, and why that makes me a terrible person. She asked, "Okay, but how does that help you?" 
Mental health advocacy for a loved one fights the stigma that exists in the most unlikely places. The past few weeks were quite overwhelming. Following a stay in a psychiatric ward, my husband was released. We dealt with multiple issues during that stay, including poor psychiatric care and a bizarre meeting with a highly unethical psychiatrist to discuss said care. In short, be aware that psychiatric hospitalization, while very important, also may lend itself to abuse of power. Involve yourself in your loved one's care because mental health advocacy for your loved one is crucial.
Mental illness and accountability have a necessary relationship. At times, mental illness may contribute to bizarre, atypical or inappropriate behaviors, but it doesn't serve as an outright excuse for such acts. Taking responsibility for one's actions is critical to functioning in society, and mental illness does not diminish the significance of accountability.
#YouCantCensorMySkin is a backlash against Instagram's attempt to censor self-harm scars on the platform. There are many reasons why something might be censored. In the mental health sphere, it's often done in an attempt to avoid negatively impacting others by triggering them. This is especially true for self-harm, but it begs the question of at what point does censorship become stigma?

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Cayden
You too?! If I'm going to a convention or something, I have to severely limit my food intake, because I'm really anxious and I get that "funny tummy" thing. If I know that I have to go somewhere in the morning, it also happens then. I took a nap today, and I was really anxious when I woke up. Usually it's just a stomach ache, but nope. I felt really sick this time. I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one who gets anxiety stomach aches. But the worst part? You eat, you get sick. You dont eat? Oh man that makes it worse when you do manage to get food into you. There is no winning lmao
Gary h kleiner
Hi,

I am an anxious empath, although I do get overwhelmed at times. I have developed a bunch of tools I use to channel energy be it positive or negative. I became a Christian, I am sensitive to spirit. My biggest breakthroughs with all this emotional stuff is to take it to god. I pray daily, intensely of whatever is on my mind. I became very sensitive to nature and animals too. Drop me an e mail, maybe I can help with concerns. Empathy is a kick ass gift, but you have to be careful of others emotions and basically negative people. God bless Gh kleiner
Eva
I was just recently diagnosed with Bipolar. I suffer more from depression. Ive been depressed before but this time seems to be the worst. I cant work. I can barely go to school. Im barely able to function. My psychiastrist has tried so many different meds none seem to be working. This has been going on for months. I feel so lost and confused.
Jennifer Smith
Hello, Grant. I'm glad you reached out here. I am so sorry that you are experiencing deep depression and that you have been through a tragedy. When we experience a loss or go through trauma, it is easy to forget who we were prior to that event. Also, we can learn to move on from that event, but we will never be exactly the same as we were before. Have you spoken with a healthcare professional about this? That could help. Again, I'm glad you commented and I hope you are better soon.
Michaela
Hi,
Your post could have been written by me verbatim.
I have learned that unless you manage to find a way to calmly withdraw from the situation without reacting or to no longer be affected when hurtful comments are made, you owe it to yourself to walk away.
In my case I feel guilty at times, guilty that I am thinking of abandoning someone whose outbursts are clearly a cry for help but in my case I ended up in a situation where for weeks on end, I would walk around in emotional agony; feel empty and depleted; and at some point you just say to yourself “enough is enough”
Anxiety is a terrible affliction; when paired with depression, it is even harder
But please remember - you are not a doormat. And you can actually not be the support to him that he may need, if you allow it to affect you this much.
What he says in moments of anxiety or depression is not a reflection on you but on him. In a way, it has absolutely nothing to do with you.
I know - easier said than done.
But you matter as much as he does and you are not a doormat. Take care of you also.