Elizabeth Caudy
Because of my schizoaffective disorder, I beat up on myself a lot. Whenever anything goes wrong, I blame myself--or look for ways to blame myself. As a feminist, I want to love the goddess that I am, but this isn’t reality for me.
Kim Berkley
It may be difficult to imagine how self-harm affects others when no one even knows (at least to your knowledge) that you're hurting yourself. Pain, however, always causes a ripple effect.
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
Anxiety hangs out in the body as much as it does in the mind. Many of the symptoms of anxiety are physical because we are one whole, united system: brain, body, and mind. Because of this, our entire being--thoughts, emotions, and body--is impacted by stress and anxiety. As annoying and life-disruptive as this is, it means that we have multiple ways to find it and heal it. You can reduce your symptoms by working with your body. Here are some ways you can ease the anxiety in your body both immediately and long-term.
Martyna Halas
My name is Martyna Halas, and I’m very excited to join HealthyPlace as the new author of "Speaking Out About Self-Injury."
Megan Lane
I can still remember my first experience with verbal abuse. At the time, I was only 13 years old.
Nori Rose Hubert
There is a common perception that the hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder type II does not impede one's ability to work, unlike the full-blown manic episodes that come with bipolar disorder type I. I believe that this is misleading. While it is true that hypomania is less severe than mania, the symptoms -- elevated mood, inflated optimism, distractibility, increased goal-oriented activity, racing thoughts, and impulsivity -- are the same. Hypomania may not have sent me to the hospital, but before I began treatment, hypomania made it almost impossible for me to work.
TJ DeSalvo
Why is it important to avoid digital self-harm on the Internet? Is it possible to avoid it when the modern Internet is itself complicit in facilitating self-harm?
Megan Griffith
Growing up, maladaptive daydreaming was a huge part of my life. Of course, I didn't realize it was maladaptive until I went off to college and the daydreams just sort of stopped. I missed them a lot at first, and there are times even now, several years into my recovery from depression and anxiety, that I miss my daydreams.
Hannah O'Grady
After being on antidepressants for over 10 years, I have noticed ways in which my antidepressants have impacted my sex drive. It is not uncommon for people to experience a shift in their libido when starting to take medication for their mental health. For some, this shift in sex drive may be apparent and seemingly detrimental to their relationships, while to others, this shift may be smaller (perhaps even negligible). When I first began taking antidepressants at 14, I noticed a drastic decrease in my experienced sexuality that became apparent even to my partners.
Beth Avery
Most people know that working out can benefit physical health, but did you know that regular exercise can improve mental health as well? Exercise has been shown to significantly reduce posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, improve sleep quality, and improve depression in people with PTSD.

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Elizabeth Caudy
Dear Ray, Thanks for your comment. It made me feel less alone! I am now able to wash my hair once a week. I write about it here: Best, Elizabeth
Cheryl Barrett
Well here is our story, My son Hunter is adopted, both parents did methamphetamines, Mom did them up to the day he was born just so she could have him on the same day as his older sister that she didn't have custody of. I was present the day he was born, ecstatic, to be a grandmother again and then the phone call came from CPS that she had tested positive and would me and my husband take him. With no warning at all we had to go to the hospital and start staying with a newborn because she was discharged 3 days later from the hospital and was to stay away from him so she wouldn't bond with him. Myself and my husband took turns staying with him at the hospital because he would only sleep for an hour at a time and you would spend most of the time trying to get him to take 1 oz of formula. At age 3 the tantrums started to become uncontrollable and we ask the doctor to test him for ADHD since his daddy (my son) had it to no avail. We were told that a child that young could not show signs of ADHD. So we changed Pediatricians to one that would listen to us. We had him evaluated and sure enough by age 4 he was diagnosed. but the pediatrician would not prescribe any medication for it. We had to wait till he was 5 years old and take him to a psychiatrist. Once we saw the psychiatrist she also diagnosed him with ODD and DMDD and by the time he is 7 now I seem to be the target of his anger. Any time anyone makes him mad or upset he takes it out on me. His other biological grandmother who we call the (Disney Grandma) because she buys him everything and he doesn't act bad around, tells me that "I am the adult and I should not be letting him hit me or abuse me". She just doesn't get it because she doesn't live it everyday of her life. I just wish i could give her a clue. We got a second opinion and he suggested having him committed in a behavioral hospital for a while so they can detox him of his medication, watch his behaviors, watch his eating habits, anger triggers and adjust his medication but we are afraid of the horror stories we have heard where they have kept people's children once they have gone in and not let them go because they had insurance. Told the parents they have no Rights. Take in mind we live in Texas. Any advice would be helpful;
Jessica Kaley
Thank you, Barb, I'm glad it resonated. We are all works in progress. Thanks for reading and for your comment.