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recent mental health

Addiction or Mental Illness: Which Should You Treat First?

Photo by Matúš Kovačovský on Unsplash AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to ...

Nightmares on Repeat

My dream recall is vivid and detailed. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had nightmares so intense that they carry over into my ...

Follow Your Bliss…Differently

“Follow your bliss.” I love that phrase, follow your bliss, it came to mind today. It can mean something different for those of us with ...

Create Your Own Motivation

When I was drinking, alcohol was obviously causing problems galore. Perhaps more troubling was how I used alcohol to cover real issues. It worked, sometimes. ...

Yes, You Can Travel for Work With a Mental Illness

The most invisible and stigmatized of all health issues are mental illnesses. It's fucked up, but disclosing a mental illness while looking for a job can impact your ...

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities Recovering repressed memories is possible. Trauma is subjectively experienced. Flashbacks are real. Depression is physical. These are all ...

domestic violence

Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

creative commons image by Giuseppe Milo www.pixael.com It never fails. Whenever a high-profile relationship goes public with domestic violence accusations, the internet will buzz with ...

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 ...

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 ...

Stigma Punishes Victims, Helps Perpetrators

Over the holidays, I got into a heated debate at the dinner table over the most effective way to combat racism. This interaction shed light ...

Donald Trump is Just Like My Abuser

Content warning: Emotional abuse. I have not watched the presidential debates. I did not watch the GOP debates before that. I do not watch any ...

Student debt made the domestic violence against me worse

Shadows by Imane Boudadi Amount of debt: $85,000 Source of debt: College Estimated time till debt free: Decades Debt wasn’t something I could talk to ...

addictions

What Is Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment?

When looking for treatment for addiction, there is a lot of information out there and countless opinions. Friends, family, doctors, researchers, and people in recovery ...

How Does AA Work? A Review of the Evidence

AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to cure the chronic, genetic, and life-threatening ...

Addiction or Mental Illness: Which Should You Treat First?

Photo by Matúš Kovačovský on Unsplash AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to ...

Is Dad Drinking Again?

“Are you drinking again?” I said it. It was out. I read somewhere to never let your ideas go because then they become part of ...

I Just Want To Drink

Ever feel like you are just floating along an out of control current? Or perhaps it’s more like being surrounded by calmness but feeling intensely ...

The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash Unbeknownst to me, what I needed was the company of people who were not men. Women’s meetings gave me ...

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Domestic Violence

In an emergency call 911
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1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

200 languages (USA based)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
Online chat

hotline.org

1-866-879-6636 (USWOMEN)

International toll-free
pathwaystosafety.org

Suicide Prevention

In an emergency call 911
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1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Connect with a local crisis center (USA based)
TTY 1-800-799-4889
Online chat
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

IMAlive

Virtual crisis center
imalive.org

International

Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide
suicide.org
Wiki listing

Young People

In an emergency call 911
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1-866-331-9474

Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
Online chat
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
loveisrespect.org

1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)

Child abuse hotline (USA based)
childhelp.org

1-866-488-7386

LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
Online chat
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
thetrevorproject.org

Crisis Support

In an emergency call 911
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Crisis Text Line

24/7 support
Text: “HOME” to 741741
crisistextline.org

1-800-273-8255

Crisis call center (USA based)
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
crisiscallcenter.org