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    God and Depression

    I think my biggest issue right now is reconciling my faith in God with my deep and long fight with depression. Often, Christianity seems to create this false dichotomy: you're either a good Christian with no struggles or a non-Christian with many. My church recognizes that bad things happen in the lives of everyone, but they seem to think that a prayer and a scripture reading should eliminate the need to "struggle" with the bad in life. However, in my opinion, if it truly is a struggle--meaning,......
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  • the impossible connection

    Above, shades of bright amber, To ignite the soul Below, navy swirling with magenta, turning skin to ice Passion, brewing in her gut, wishing to burst out fear, freezing her mind, grinding thoughts to a halt Pain, felt from stagnation, felt from numbness joy, gained from dedication, earned from sacrifice life, a coin of good and bad, landing how it pleases life, a mix of love and hate, in an impossible connection ...
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    Nasea and anxiety

    I have pretty bad anxiety and depression. I've noticed for a few years I get terrible nasea spells can anyone relate to this? And any tips you have for helping the nasea please let me know I'm desperate at this point as it is ruining me an individual. I'm emetophobic which means I have a fear of throwing up so having that issue on top of dealing with this symptom from anxiety is making me just go crazy.  It's making me not go out with friends and spend much needed time with family. ......
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    Relationships and anxiety

    I feel its so hard to be in a relationship and have anxiety and depression. I either constantly feel to anxious to deal with my partner or I feel like she isnt understanding me and it makes me angry. Angry at the world in fact. Which is sad that just because she cant understand what im going through i get mad. Weve been together a year and a half and I think my anxiety is starting to put a barrier on my relationship. Anxiety does some pretty terrible things to me, it makes me feel like im not ......
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  • Post-traumatic Stress in Reality

    Most nights were restless….  I would toss and turn, thinking about the things that happened in my life. I would check the clock to see how much more time I had to sleep. Instead, I found myself staring at the ceiling with tears rolling down my face. Asking myself, “Why can’t I have a normal life? Why did I agree to being adopted and moving to another state? Living each day of my life, blaming myself for all the misjudgments and bad decisions.     My very first ......
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  • 6 Ways to Reach Happiness

    1. Find a HobbyDiscover what your interests are. What activities do you find to be enjoyable? Rather, it be watching your favorite TV series, playing a sport, or even reading. Whatever it is, find something that will improve your mood when you are not feeling  your best or even to keep your mind a little busy.2. Engage in Social Interaction and ActivitiesOften times when we are not feeling our best, we'd rather isolate ourselves from the world around us. Not healthy! Yes, it is okay to have......
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  • Blackness In Life

    Blackness in life is the hidden truth, the emotional scars and broken love, self worth damaged by haters and the dammed, Mother gone and state psychologists in place, childhood damaged and present unwanted, always in the shadows of want and care, never noticed as someone born important. Skies always seeming dark and cold, heart, only thing still warm but cooling, life in jeapordy with love losng importance, room becoming your only refuge and tomb, as my world closes in on me my heart is all ......
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    Looking to understand youth and mental illness in KY or TN

    I am a documentary filmaker in Bowling Green, Kentucky - I would love to talk to anyone in this area (Nashville, Lexington, Louisville, or anywhere in between) who have experience with youth and mental illness (specifically schizophrenia and around ages 14-17) My partner and I are wanting to do a short documentary about the day to day life and relationship of a young person and their caretaker (ie mom, dad, sibling, etc) How does this affect the relationship and the seemingly "normal" day to ......
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    Alcohol and Mental Health Conditions

    Alcohol is a seemingly normal part of a young adult’s life. It’s available at parties, and after the age of 21, it’s present at every bar and restaurant. It’s “normal” to go to a party and have a few drinks or to meet friends at a bar on Friday night. But for young adults living with mental health conditions, what’s “normal” isn’t always what’s best. Alcohol can have a negative effect on anyone’s life. The majority of people......
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    Fall's Here!

    We love fall at StrengthofUs.org! Even though it's already starting to feel like winter in some parts of the country, we're really excited for fall here in Virginia! We get to wear our favorite sweaters, drink apple cider and watch the leaves change colors. What are your favorite things about fall? ...
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