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What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder of not being able to recover after experiencing or seeing something terrifying. According to PTSDUK, one in ten people have PTSD along with one in five firefighters, 70% of rape victims, one in three teens who have been in a car crash, and 40% who have dealt with sudden loss. You can either feel your life is in danger, threatened, or you have seen someone else dying or being injured. Having PTSD is about not having control over your thoughts as every day feels like the nightmare you have been trying to avoid…

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

According to Body Whys, up to 200,000 people in Ireland have an eating disorder. Eating disorders go beyond unhealthy weight loss methods but are about battling with your mind about what is or is not real. According to those with eating disorders on The Mighty, having an eating disorder is like the voice of a bully in your head saying hateful thoughts to you about yourself and then is sweet to you by promising to you that you will achieve happiness by listening to what that voice tells you to do. It feels like you are worthless but your life…

Principles of Sex Addicts Anonymous

Principles of Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous is for those who are addicted to unhealthy sexual behaviors. Members feel powerless against their own thoughts and urges. Despite the many failed attempts to get better and fix their lives, it was hard for them to do it alone. In Sex Addicts Anonymous, men and women come together to learn about healthy sexual behaviors and how to abstain from addictive sexual behaviors. The requirement of Sex Addicts Anonymous is not for the purpose of being celibate unless that is a personal route you choose to take. The point is to stop one or more specific sexual…

How to Recover from a Traumatic Event

How to Recover from a Traumatic Event

Traumatic stress is a normal reaction to a tragic event like a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a car accident, a plane crash, or a shooting. You can experience traumatic stress whether you were a survivor of the event or had nothing to do with it. It is important for those who have experienced or are surrounded by tragedy to do things to pick you up and make you happy as well as have a good support system. Viewing images and film footage of tragedies can overwhelm your nervous system if you look at them constantly. You feel like a…

Treatment Programs Can Be Fun

Treatment Programs Can Be Fun

Going to an in patient treatment facility is a successful solution to recovering from your addiction. It may seem like living at a treatment center can be intimidating since medical professionals and therapists will force you to get to the root of your addiction, make you relive your struggles with addiction as well as the people you may have hurt. Being a patient at a treatment facility should not be treated like being incarcerated. While it is important to attend regular group sessions, private time with your therapist, and do chores such as cooking and cleaning, treatment centers can be…

How to Love Your Body

How to Love Your Body

Many people tend to take advantage of their bodies. People tend to self-harm themselves in order to look the way they want to such as over-exercising, plastic surgery, doing abusive substances, or undereating. According to the National Eating Disorders, 70% of women ages 18-30 years-old are dissatisfied with their bodies as well as 43% of men. It is important to understand the importance of loving your body by taking care of it and finding ways to let yourself know you are worth it. The first thing you should do is make a list of all of the things your body…

Foods to Improve Your Mood

Foods to Improve Your Mood

  Eating foods like candy, fried foods, ice cream, and baked goods might be foods that make us feel good when we eat them because of how they taste, they can actually make you bloated and tired. The foods we eat can affect our moods and it is important that we keep certain nutrients in our diet in order to promote a healthier and happier mood. Calcium paired with Vitamin D can help regulate mood that is associated with PMS found in collard greens, ricotta, milk, kale, and yogurt. Chromium increases serotonin which affects our serotonin, melatonin, and norepinephrine which…

The Urinalysis Test

The Urinalysis Test

When certain parts of your body are in pain such as your back, frequent or painful urination, or blood found in your urine, the best thing to do is to take a urinalysis test. It is a set of screenings and tests to detect common diseases and diagnose conditions in the excretory system such as urinary tract infections, kidney disorders, liver, and diabetes. This is a test that can be done in doctor’s offices, urgent-care facilities, laboratories, and hospitals. There are many microscopic, chemical, and visual exams to detect cells, cell fragments, crystals and casts in the urine. This test…

Blogging in Recovery

Blogging in Recovery

Blogging is a great way to express yourself and build up an audience. Think of blogging as journal writing for the whole world to see. There are many different types of blogs like personal ones where you write about your day to day experiences, genre blogs where you write about a single topic, and photo and vlogs where you express yourself with photos and videos instead of words. Blogs are a great tool to help those in recovery as you can write about your addiction recovery and inspire others to do the same. By writing a successful blog, you have…

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