Isabella Fels

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Isabella Fels

I have been writing mainly articles and poetry on mental health for over 10 years. I have written articles and poetry for 'The Big Issue' on my schizophrenia as well for St Vincent De Paul. I have also featured on the SBS Insight website. I love now getting my articles to rhyme, with DiVine giving me that perfect opportunity.

I want to inform and entertain people with my writing. I like to explore both the positive and negative factors of my illness. Getting into DiVine has been one of the best things that has happened to me.

Isabella Fels's articles

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Finding strategies to overcome emotional eating.

All my life I have loved food and have lived to eat, rather than eaten to live. Life has not been easy having a food addiction. I have had to seek the help of dieticians, nutritionists, psychologists and psychiatrists many times. Often I got the wrong advice. My weight is still a major issue for me, and I am definitely an emotional eater. However now, with the help and support of properly trained and patient professionals and support groups, I am more aware of why I eat too much at times and how to regulate it.
5 comments - last comment on 04/10/2013
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Hollywood Costume is open until Sunday 18 August 2013, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Flinders street Melbourne.

The Hollywood Costume exhibition in Melbourne was a delight to the eye. From the stark black and white outfits used in Charlie Chaplin's silent films to the heavily laced and ornate period costumes used to depict Victorian royalty, the effect was stunning. The exhibition covered many different costumes designs from 1912 to the present. It showed many different trends in fashion, and these fitted the movie genre in which they appeared.
1 comment - on 26/08/2013
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Travelling with OCD is enormously challenging.

My recent trip to Spain was enormously challenging. Suffering from acute OCD , it took a lot for me to make the decision to go. However the OCD was a lot more manageable than I thought it would be. By distracting myself and thinking of the positive aspects of my travel, such as being upgraded to first class, I was able to relax and enjoy myself. The joy also of spending time with family and friends who I hadn't seen for ages made me keep pushing forwards, whilst at the same time trying to beat the OCD .
5 comments - last comment on 21/08/2015
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Art therapy is a visual language for communication of emotion

Art therapy is a visual language for communication. It is used in positive ways to explore and even eliminate the problems surrounding many mental illnesses. The place in which I live offers regular art therapy by workers with a strong artistic background. Living with people with different mental illnesses we can all gain from the art therapy by coming together to paint, draw or simply colour in pictures in a safe place. Art therapy has been proven to reduce the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression in particular.
2 comments - last comment on 10/05/2013
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At OCD Group we are all in the same difficult-to-control boat

I am very lucky to belong to a very special Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group with very caring and sensitive members. In the group I can bare my soul and not be afraid to be laughed at or made fun of. I can tackle many of my fears head on. I also am praised when I do well in the group by the other members. In many ways I look forward to the OCD group each week. I often feel a lot better after treatment. It makes me feel stronger and tougher.
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Learning to control impulses can be empowering

It's very hard for me to control my impulses. Food and shopping are my addictions. I cannot help myself with them sometimes and often have to take extreme measures to combat my urges. However, I'm trying to be more moderate, even though it's very difficult. By playing a numbers game with the calories I consume and the dollars I spend before I indulge, I curb temptation. On the whole, I feel a lot better about myself when I exercise impulse control. I hope to keep on fighting temptation with the strength I've built up over time.
1 comment - on 24/01/2013
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Like Narcissus drowning in his image.

I was in a relationship with a narcissist. A narcissist is a person who is often selfish and obsessed with how they and others look. My man made me feel insecure. He would tell me I wasn't good at anything. He also said he would leave me if I put on weight. My man would often sulk and I had to try and make him feel better. He wanted constant admiration. When he didn't get it he would become depressed. I think our relationship may have worked if we had tried relationship therapy.
1 comment - on 07/01/2013
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It offers advice on how to stop worrying.

Dale Carnegie's "How to stop worrying and start living" is a great book on how to try and eliminate worry. He writes about just about every single worry such as health and financial worries. He believes worrying is bad for our health. Carnegie offers advice on how to stop worrying. He recommends relaxing at work helps you to do more work. He believes being busy, having a good sleep and getting regular exercise can eliminate worry. He also suggests people only think about now rather than the past or the future. I recommend this book.
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Charles became homeless.

The Outsider is about a man named Charles who had a mental illness. The book is written by his son. Charles's illness made him so unwell he became homeless. His wife and son stopped seeing him. But years later and after Charles's death, his son finds people who knew his father. He speaks to them to find out how his father lived his life. I think the book covers many symptoms of mental illness. But I also think parts of the illness are not clearly explained. However, this book is a strong account of one man's total desperation and defeat by schizophrenia.
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Being on television has helped me.

I have talked about my disability on television programs. In 2002 I was on the television show Australian Story . With the support of my family I spoke about schizophrenia. After the show I received caring letters and phone calls from the public. This support made me want to keep going on television. I wanted to educate people about schizophrenia. Before going on television I hid my disability. But not anymore. I have been on other television shows since that first time. Being on television has given me confidence and helped my relationships. It has also drawn attention to my writing.
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