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Is Dad Drinking Again?

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better
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Will I Pass My Mental Illness to My Children?

Will I Pass My Mental Illness to My Children?
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Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better
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meditating with the ocean tide

Inspired

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Inspirational Quotes for the Outcasts and Rebels
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Inspirational Travel Quotes by Adventurous Women
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Getting my mental health back on track
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Make the world beautiful with an open heart
Just for today
Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time
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How I Revolutionized My Writing

Mental Health

Getting my mental health back on track

It was the longest period of time I have gone without a psychologist appointment since I first began treatment three and a half years ago. And I was getting weird, real weird.

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is an extremely misunderstood condition related to serious trauma usually in childhood. It’s a controversial diagnosis, in part because of the widespread ignorance and because it frequently occurs alongside other disorders.

How to Listen Someone’s Trauma Story

You don’t need to understand a person or their post traumatic symptoms to listen to their trauma story. Having empathy and patience does not mean you must experience what they experience. We can never know exactly what another person has lived through and how they felt in each moment.

Dissociating is like being stuck in my head but not my body

I can’t say anything. He wants me to tell him if I’m ok and I am trapped in my head, but not in my body. I can’t move my eyes to look into his.

Binge eating at a holiday party

This is what a few hours in the life of a compulsive overeater are like. It wasn’t a constant binge, but a stretched out lifelong binge. I cannot recount how many days I experienced this over three decades of my life.

Am I depressed or just introverted? The truth about friendships.

Being depressed and an introvert can make it hard to tease apart what these social urges are attributed to. Social contact helps treat depression, but depression causes social isolation. Is it depression or just introversion?

Addiction

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i just want to drink

Now that I’m here, I really want a drink, but Alejandro won’t let me. I’m so nervous and anxious. Lost. My thoughts are circling, and I can’t stop the spiraling repetitiveness of my obsessions. I’m afraid.
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The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

I’ve heard rumors suggesting that women’s only recovery meetings are not good because they’re just “man-bashing.” This is unequivocally false; just because something isn’t for you doesn’t mean it is against you.

Is It Possible to Stay Clean Without Getting Sober?

For the purposes of this essay, clean is defined as being off “hard drugs” and sober is being off all drugs (alcohol included). Accepting these definitions, is it possible to stay clean without getting sober?

Teaching Kids About Drugs: Alternatives to DARE

Any program predicated on the idea that people need to “just say no” causes the opposite effect. High risk groups tend to be encouraged to participate in the forbidden behavior.

Binge eating at a holiday party

This is what a few hours in the life of a compulsive overeater are like. It wasn't a constant binge, but a stretched out lifelong binge. I cannot recount how many days I experienced this over three decades of my life.
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Drinking as Self-Harm

When I can only see the world through foggy glasses, the urge to destroy myself by drinking again becomes an enticing option. Drinking can be a method of self-harm and was for me.

Crisis Help

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Suicide Prevention

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Virtual crisis center
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Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide
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Young People

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Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
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Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
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1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)

Child abuse hotline (USA based)
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LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
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thetrevorproject.org

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Domestic Violence

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Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Trust your intuition, relationship red flags aren't easy to identify, but there are warning signs. Are you dating an abuser?

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: consent. Never assume consent. Lack of resistance is not consent.

Resiliency, Isolation, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Despite the impulse to isolate, it is socializing that is critical to healing a core identity and building resiliency. Recovery is not something that can occur in isolation.
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Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos warned that she would not protect the Obama-era guidelines that helped schools establish systems and policies for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. As early as January, during her confirmation hearings, DeVos said she would not commit to protecting those guidelines.
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Cutting Domestic Violence Programs is Dangerous

Courtesy of Donkey Hotey on Flickr Creative Commons Sharealike License The current political climate in the United States is putting victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the police officers who respond to their emergency calls in greater danger. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said one of his top issues is protecting police officers; the White House website even included “Standing Up For…
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Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

There are many reasons people return to domestic abusers. One of which is the psychological phenomena of re-enactments and re-experiencing.
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Why I Didn’t Try To Lose Weight For My Wedding

The author on her wedding day. Courtesy of Adrian Herrera of Victor Herrera Photographers To take care of myself in the months preceding my wedding I had to make a conscious effort to not dive into dieting. Wedding weight loss was off the list of things for me to do, or to even attempt. As…
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Retracting Allegations of Abuse is Not Proof – Trauma and Memories

Graffiti in Buenos Aires. Photo by the author Retracting an abuse allegation is not proof that the abused is lying or that the alleged abuser is innocent. Rape is amongst the most underreported crimes. Victims face enormous obstacles in the aftermath of rape. Not the least of which is deciding whether or not to contact…