recent mental health

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

January 16, 2018 Photo by joyce huis on Unsplash Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is an extremely misunderstood condition related to ...

Mental Health Stigma Nearly Killed Me

January 14, 2018 Photo by Xavier Sotomayor on Unsplash I’ve bounced in and out of therapy since I was in high school. I had a ...

Waves of depression and hope

December, Playa del Carmen waves of depression and hope Currently struggling against this tide of depression that is trying to drown me. I don't want ...

How to Listen Someone’s Trauma Story

January 12, 2018 Photo by on Unsplash It's more authentic to trust in the ability of others to narrate their own experience without your ...

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

Dissociation, Date Unknown I’m struggling right now. A whirlpool sucked me under and spat me out at the back end of a riptide. Instead of ...

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

January 1, 2018 Photo by Ihor Malytskyi on Unsplash A while ago, an article in the New York Times made the rounds. In equal parts ...

domestic violence

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

January 4, 2017 Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash TW: Sexual assault Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: ...

Why I am airing my dirty laundry

The reason I am so candid and painfully honest in my writing is because I wish someone had been this way when I was at ...

Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback

There are some important things that survivors should know about the Title IX rollback. Sexual violence advocates, survivors, and allies are reacting strongly to the rollback ...

Cutting Domestic Violence Programs is Dangerous

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. ...

Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

It never fails. Whenever a high-profile relationship goes public with domestic violence accusations, the internet will buzz with people who withhold sympathy for the alleged ...

Why I Didn’t Try To Lose Weight For My Wedding

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 ...


How to Stay Sober on Vacation

Summer is here and the warmth radiating into the office window conjures up dreams of poolside lounge chairs and remote sun-kissed beaches. While you mentally ...

Willpower Doesn’t Keep Me Sober

I've gotten a significant amount of side eye from acquaintances who hear I quit drinking the day after a binge. They think either I have ...

Opioids, Dissociation, and PTSD – The Shocking Connections

In the 19th century, the psychologist Ernest Hilgard was interested in hypnosis. In his research, he discovered that consciousness levels shift during hypnosis and that ...

Why I Won’t Be Making New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are rarely successful. Research published by Statistic Brain, a non-partisan independent research group, found that only eight percent of people achieve their ...

Racing thoughts and intense social anxiety

Monday, Summer, Age - Late 20s Social Anxiety and Racing Thoughts... I’m at the park again. I sit, hunched over my coverless journal. I ripped ...

Is Guilt Selfish? Regret, Shame, and Relapse

Since guilt is cited as a frequent relapse trigger, we need to uncover the layers of internal regret. Looking back over journals from different periods ...


Binge eating at a holiday party

Photo by Alejandro Bonzo @alebonzo January 2, 2017 By Ronni Robinson I walked into the house party with my husband. I gave the proper hello, ...

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

January 1, 2018 Photo by Ihor Malytskyi on Unsplash A while ago, an article in the New York Times made the rounds. In equal parts ...

Eating obsessions and body negativity

Date: Late college and late winter Eating obsessions and body negativity Had a dream people were telling me that I was a whiny selfish brat. ...

suicidal and not giving up

If you are contemplating suicide, please seek help. You are worth life and you are not alone. 1–800–273–8255 August 2014, lost inside What is a ...

Drinking as Self-Harm

Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash In recovery, I have heard many stories about relapses that started because someone thought they could handle a drink ...

Drunk Watching Intervention

Photo by Tina Rataj-Berard on Unsplash My obsession with the show, Intervention, planted some warning flags in my line of vision. I had to fall over ...

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