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Bipolar Disorder and Self-Help

Bipolar Disorder and Self-Help

  Bipolar Disorder is a mental condition affecting your mood, where you experience both depression (feeling low) and mania (feeling high). These moods are both extremes, which can swing from one extreme to another – each mood may last for a hours/days/weeks or even months.    Mood States   Manic: lots of energy, feeling happy and euphoric, ambitious plans and ideas, confident/adventurous, increased sex drive, talking quickly or not feeling like eating or sleeping.   Hypomanic: many of the same symptoms as…

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Self-Help for Eating Disorders

Self-Help for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are mental conditions which are defined by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. They are often less about food and more about control and other psychological reasons.      Eating disorders are often connected and associated with other mental health conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, depression, stress etc. Eating disorders can also be a type of self-harm.   The most common eating disorders are: Bulimia Nervosa: This is when you binge eat due to feelings of worry, distress or…

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you have been involved in or have experienced a traumatic event, you may experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD may develop at any time, weeks/months/years after the traumatic event has occurred, or immediately after it. This is an anxiety disorder, I have listed some common effects PTSD may have on you, below.   Effects of PTSD   Sleeping: Difficulty sleeping or insomnia Reliving: Nightmares or vivid flashbacks Physical effects: nausea, feeling faint, sweating, trembling, a racing/rapid heartbeat or even pain….

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is when you have obsessive thoughts about something and have a compulsive (irresistible) need or urge to do this thing repeatedly. OCD can be mild or severe, this condition may rule your life or you may only have these thoughts for minutes or hours during the day.   There is no clear cause for OCD, but it can run in families. The obsession can cause you to have intense feelings of anxiety, the compulsion then brings…

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