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Redefining family

“I was diagnosed with dual diagnosis of anxiety and opioid addiction. Both my parents and other family members struggle with drug abuse. They were a trigger for me so for my recovery I had to love them from a distance. I had to find support through my groups and meetings. They are family to me and I’m grateful for them.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!

Coping with reality

It’s interesting the ways we can choose to protect ourselves. For me it was either compulsive behaviors to manage it or dissociative episode to escape it. Both are distractions to handle the intrusive thoughts, but aren’t helpful for the long term. I used to binge to deal with stress, purge to release the guilt, and then compulsively exercise or restrict to avoid binge eating again. I used to get depressed, start to sleep more, have feelings of disconnection, and memory lapses to subconsciously not deal with reality. They were all… Read more Coping with reality

Accepting the unknown

Was it genetics? past trauma? nutritional deficient? innate personality trait? Trying to figure out why used to stress me out more and cause even more anxiety (especially if you have OCD traits). Finding a cause is great for research. That research is monumental for not only establishing treatment modalities but also to push for insurance to cover those treatments. I’ve accepted that it could be a combination of things, but that doesn’t stop me from finding ways to manage my mental illnesses.

Being there

This is for the caregivers, significant others, family members, and friends. It is not your job to save that person. You can’t fix it, but you can support them through their struggles. It is okay to be frustrated with the disorder. It is okay to set your own boundaries when you feel like you can’t handle certain behaviors. You can understand triggers to be proactive instead of reactive. You can provide suggestions, but can’t enforce them. Loving and caring for someone with an mental illness requires your support but also… Read more Being there

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