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But we tend to lack that grasp of nuance when the disease is psychological. Most people's experiences with mental illness are actually likely to be short-term. But when we think of ongoing conditions, eating disorders are what we most seem to perceive as disorders we can put in the past. We talk about them with language like "overcame," "survived," and "recovered from. Of the two eating disorders people are most likely to know—anorexia and bulimia—bulimia is the more treatable.

Choi-Kain says this could be because it often manifests as a response to stress—which, conceptually at least, means it does actually resemble substance-abuse disorders like alcoholism. It can be overcome with time; if someone's learned to do something as a response to stress, then the possibility exists that they can learn other responses to replace it. Like bulimia, borderline personality disorder is often responsive to dialectical behavioral therapy and some antidepressants, even if they weren't designed for it, and it often goes away as the patient gets older.

Choi-Kain, who specializes in BPD research and treatment, says the good news regarding BPD is that a significant number of patients who have been carefully followed in longitudinal studies eventually no longer meet the criteria—even without any treatment. Anorexia can be looked at as a compulsive habit , but borne of a seemingly different mechanism than obsessive-compulsive disorder, though both are notoriously treatment-resistant.

Choi-Kain says one of the aspects of OCD researchers find most compelling is that it's thought to be on some level more biological, and not solely psychological. OCD is chronic, but can be mitigated with intensive treatment. When someone's anxiety centers on a specific phobia, doctors can desensitize them through exposure therapy. Fryer has been on the road to recovery for the last 16 years and was scheduled to speak at the Sequim Library on Feb. In the past, Fryer has shared her story and spoken to audiences in Utah and Idaho and hopes to continue speaking about her journey in her local communities.

She hopes to publish this book later this year. For more information or to order, contact Fryer at missionimpec cablebiographies gmail or call With some help from Gov. Sundays pre-service prayer…. We could not understand that reaction.

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I am trying to figure out my son in law. He told me his father almost killed him. He suffered from abuse from his father.

Then taking care of grandmother when he was eight. I will close with this much. Anyone reading this mental illness can be helped if you detect it early. I hope you understand my personal story about my son in law. Maria Does NAMI offer support groups or therapy to the minor children of a mentally ill parent in ?

Or are they still out in the cold, the way they were when I needed help for my kids 10 years ago? You gave me the brush-off in no uncertain terms then and made it clear that they were of no interest to your organization. My husband and his mental illness - sure. His behavior that was detrimental to myself and our kids was of no concern to you.

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Sharon T. Thank you for your service. I was shattered, physically, mentally, and emotionally when my adult daughter estranged herself and my two grandsons from me. She and my grandsons are my only family. This was 7 years ago. I was not a monster but I was an alcoholic mother. I have been sober for 18 years.

I am still grieving. I have followed all the suggestions and done everything I can do to try to move forward with my life, to no avail. Somehow this article made its way to me.


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It had never occurred to me that my brokenness could have been caused by PTSD. Now what? Ciera g. Jacqueline Lewis Thanks for sharing your story. I can definitely relate on some levels. Currently I've been enrolled in a eight-week group therapy on generational trauma. Recovering and healing old wounds has been a long - continuing journey.

I'm grateful that I choose to get professional assintance. I also completed a long- term group therapy for cognitive behavior for effective emotion management. I'm very happy for you that you made the great decision to get help.

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Healing old wounds and managing emotional health is complex. I have discovered it's worth the effort and the investment to improve my emotional health. I also have PTSD learning new helpful information is awesome.

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Gayle My father had borderline personality disorder. Now my sister has it. Thank you so much for this very thorough, meaningful and personal account. I was aware of a few of the Healing modalities you mentioned here; but also, happily, saw a few that I will now research in n my own, or with the help of the NAMI Website. A great my educational piece, so againthank you again for this great sharing of information and experience.

I suffer from i guess various mental health problems.

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But you know what, talking about it helps, drawing helps. Staying sober from marijuana helps.

My parents can only support me for so long. I understand I've had a major setback in life, I can identify with schizophrenics identified in their early 20s but i really need to start making some money and become independent.