Facing Life as an Adult when a Parent has a Mental Illness

Having a parent with mental illness can be challenging for anyone. If you have a parent with a mental illness, you might have a different sense of what “normal” life at home means, and you’ve most likely already experienced enough to know that life with a mentally ill parent can be filled with anxiety and…

Why Doesn’t Reality Feel Real to Me? Depersonalization Disorder

What is depersonalization (derealization) disorder? Have you ever experienced segments of time when the world around you felt distinctly surreal? Or detached from your surroundings? Maybe you often find yourself “outside of yourself” and “looking in from outside to observe your own life?” You’re not alone; it very well may not be your imagination. This…

Am I having a panic attack? 4 Quick Management Tips

                                Have you ever wondered how to stop a panic attack? Does the following sound familiar? You are breathless, sweaty, and your heart feels like it is pounding its way out of your chest. An blinding sense of crippling fear…

Five Things You Can Do When You Can’t Get Out of Bed

                                                                           Has “I-can’t-get-out-of-bed-in-the-morning” depression ever gotten you down? How do you get out of bed when you’re depressed? You…

I Cut Myself: Is that Really a Problem?

“Why do I cut myself?” is not a question most people would think of asking themselves, but it is a reality for countless individuals, the vast majority of whom are in their youth. Self-injury is more common than most of us realize. Self-harm (which occurs when someone cuts, burns, or otherwise hurts him or herself—…

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