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What it’s Really Like Living with a Stoma

It’s hard to believe that I’ve had a stoma for nearly 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Since my first surgery, my health has gone down the toilet, a...
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How My Chronic Illness Blog Helped My Chronic Pain

My journey with chronic illness has spanned over half my life. As a young teen, I received diagnoses for multiple mental health issues, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), major depression and anxiety. To this...
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Guide to Managing Mood Disorders With Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain certainly has its challenges and can mean you miss out on some activities you enjoy. If the pain is severe and/or long term, you may need to alter your work...
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9 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression Symptoms

With the holidays and colder months, you might find yourself feeling more anxious and/or depressed. The days grow darker and colder, something that likely prompts you to consider how you can better prepare for...
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Checkup From the Neck Up: National Depression Screening Day

Initiatives designed to promote awareness for people fighting for their mental health are important for us all. Those who are also fighting to better manage their chronic pain know initiatives such as today's National...
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How Cycling Can Maximize Your Health

Outdoor and indoor cycling is healthy for you and the planet. Cycling can maximize health, reduces emissions and delivers an intense full-body workout that keeps you young. Celebrities like Patrick Dempsey and Madonna epitomize...
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5 Foods That Reduce Anxiety

For those of us who live with anxiety, we know how debilitating it can be. Whether it is going into work for a meeting, socializing with a new group of people, or obsessive compulsiveness,...
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10 Worst Foods for Depression and Anxiety

If you've recently lost a loved one, moved away, had trouble finding a job or experienced uncertainty about the future, perhaps you've felt anxious and sad. However, if your anxiety and sadness are experienced...
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Kurt Cobain’s Death and the Stigma of Depression

Twenty-four years ago, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27 on April 5, 1994. The conversation surrounding mental illness and suicide has evolved as people have become more candid about...
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Remote Talk Therapy: The New Way to Feel Better

Deciding to try Remote Talk Therapy When you’re feeling down or stressed, it can be difficult to know how to start to feel better. Oftentimes depression and chronic pain go hand in hand, and treating...
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Tips for Managing Depression and Mood Swings

Mood swings and depression often go hand-in-hand. Some days you might wake up feeling really good, and other days you may wake up feeling down. Remember, you’re not alone. Many people with depression have...
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Preparing for Seasonal Depression

With the holidays and colder winter months just around the corner, you might be getting ready for all the ups and downs of the season. As days grow darker and colder, especially up north,...
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Addiction: Is it About the Drugs or Something Else?

Addiction. That word holds a lot of baggage for many people. Broken relationships, missed opportunities and pointed fingers. But the addict isn’t always the one to blame. Doctors are reporting that undiagnosed mental issues...
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3 Things to Avoid If You Have Postpartum Depression

Having a baby is one of the most beautiful life experiences. For many women, however, it can also be a very difficult and trying time emotionally. Each year, approximately 950,000 women suffer from postpartum...
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Music and Art Therapy Can Help with Chronic Pain

A song can be a powerful feel-good tool. It can help you temporarily forget the stresses of life and enjoy a few moments of inner peace. Distraction is a powerful tool in combatting chronic...
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Yoga Breathing for Stress and Anxiety

If you have a painful condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or fibromyalgia, you might also experience common symptoms of stress and anxiety. Anxiety is the physical mental and emotional reaction to stress. Both can...
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The Link Between Pain and Depression

Pain and Depression: Stopping the Downward Spiral When you’re in pain it's hard to feel like much is right with the world. So it's hardly surprising that ongoing pain takes a toll on your mood,...
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Concussions: Underestimated and Misunderstood

The Effects of a Concussion Can Last a Lifetime A concussion can affect the brain in a number of ways. Some of which can linger for a long time. A concussion can impair cognitive abilities like...
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Painful Lessons Forge Path to Helping Others

Angela Wice, 35, has been through a lot. She was diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) at 15 and had surgery to reconstruct the articulating disc that had shattered because of her grinding and...

Ouch: Looking Into Pain in Children and Teens

By Lorie A. ParchThough it's bad enough that so many adults endure daily discomfort, there's now solid evidence that more children and adolescents suffer many of the same aches. The July issue of the...
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Is There a Link Between Depression and Inflammation?

Did you know that the World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, more people will suffer from depression than any other medical condition? The incidence of depression has skyrocketed in children and adults since...