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The shift: from aspirations to managing what is

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When my son first displayed symptoms I felt a desperate need to try and help him. 

Part of that need was born out of my own feelings of guilt. The remainder was fuelled my desire to alleviate his psychological pain.

Over the course of my son's diagnosis, there has been a huge shift in me. Initially I could not accept that nothing would help . I embarked upon a frenetic search for that illusive fix. I thought, 'Where did I go wrong? Why can't anyone help him?'

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What does recovery mean to you?

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The word 'recovery' can mean different things to different people.

Taken literally the Macquarie Dictionary says it's 'to regain a former (and better) state or condition'. But in the world of mental health recovery is more nuanced than this.

So to find out what recovery really means, we asked people living with mental illness what the word meant to them.

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I got my life back after treatment

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'My thoughts never changed – if I didn't do everything perfectly, someone would die.'

Julie has lived with obsessive compulsive disorder for more than 30 years. It has had a profoundly debilitating impact on her relationships and social life.

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Top picks: exploring OCD

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SANE's Spotlight on OCD page collects together our stories, blog posts, information and research about obsessive compulsive disorder.

But the internet is a big place, and there are a lot more terrific, useful resources out there. Here are ten, hand picked by our staff.

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Common questions about BPD

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There's far more to borderline personality disorder (BPD) than the stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings that often exist.

People who live with BPD are ordinary people. People who are overcoming challenging symptoms, as well as stigma and discrimination.

So, to raise awareness and reduce stigma we asked the community what they wanted to know about BPD. These questions have been answered by people who live with BPD and the SANE Help Centre.


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Caring for someone with BPD: what it’s really like

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Every relationship has its ups and downs, but when one partner is diagnosed with a mental illness, it can add an extra pressure. When your carer is also your spouse, it is important for both partners to look after themselves and each other. Todd and Natalie have worked together to manage Todd's mental illness since he was first diagnosed six years ago. 

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What is complex PTSD?

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​When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), soldiers with traumatic experiences of war or people who have lived through disasters often come to mind.

However, trauma can arise from a variety of situations, such as neglect, abuse, domestic violence or abandonment by the primary caregiver.

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Tips to help you overcome change

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Are you currently going through a time of change? A new job, starting university, getting married, buying a house, or living away from home for the first time?

This change may be obvious, subtle, unwanted or well-planned. 

It's possible that you're experiencing stress regardless of whether it's a negative or positive change. Just how much stress depends on how you react to it.

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Fears that stop the question ‘are you okay?’

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When it comes to asking the important question 'are you okay?' fear can get in the way.

Fear of the response. Fear of our inexperience on the topic of mental health. Fear of appearing to be a stickybeak.

But these concerns don't recognise the relief many people feel just being asked.

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Five tips for responding to someone who isn’t ‘OK’

Five tips for responding to someone who isn’t ‘OK’

It takes courage to ask simply and directly, ‘are you OK?’, if concerned about someone's mental health.

What if they’re actually fine? Will they be offended? And what do you do if they aren’t OK?

These are common concerns people have when it comes to asking a friend, colleague or loved one ‘are you OK?’. So it’s tempting to frame the question in a way that encourages a positive response, ‘you’re OK, aren’t you?’ 

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