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Depression Is My Monster

By Kristance Harlow | December 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Depression is growing bigger, having eaten Alice’s fantasies. It’s the demon in Spirited Away. A monster glutinous for pain.

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I Deserve Respect

By Kristance Harlow | November 30, 2019 | 1 Comment
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The truth is: You can probably make me feel bad. You can probably succeed in making me cry or have an anxiety attack. I might be incapacitated by it. But I’ll pull through, I always do.

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Sometimes I Feel Ashamed of My Mental Health

By Kristance Harlow | November 29, 2019 | 1 Comment
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I think I should be different by now. That I should be better by now. And I don’t want to reveal the extent of my struggle because I feel ashamed. I’m embarrassed.

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No, You Aren’t a Drug Addict If You Take Antidepressants

By Kristance Harlow | November 28, 2019 | 2 Comments
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Addiction or dependence? Words have meaning — and when it comes to something as serious as addiction, getting them right matters.

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6 Movies That Portray Mental Health and Depression Realistically

By Kristance Harlow | November 26, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Movies have the power to shape how we perceive the world. Here are several films that protray mental illness respectfully and honestly.

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Finding Meaning in Tragedy: Addiction, Trauma, and Activism

By Kristance Harlow | November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Turning grief into activism is a powerful way to process and give meaning to the pain of traumas like the death of a loved one who struggled with addiction.

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Can 12-Step Programs Treat Dual Diagnoses?

By Kristance Harlow | November 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Effective treatment needs to include both the substance use disorder and the co-occurring disorder in an integrated approach because the two conditions build on each other.

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Letting Go of Control: How I Stopped Trying to Force Solutions

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Recognizing that I am not responsible for and cannot fix other people’s feelings is powerful; it frees up so much space and time for me to do my own healing and growing.

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How to Manage Depression: 6 Simple Reminders

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Treat yourself with gentleness and forgiveness. With every negative thought about yourself, throw in a dose of self-love. Self-compassion can reduce the severity of depression and anxiety.

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Are the 12 Steps Safe for Trauma Survivors?

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 1 Comment
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When the 4th and 5th steps are done without support for the symptoms of PTSD, they have the potential to retraumatize.

Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

Crisis Text Line
Text: “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Lifeline
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
Call: 1-800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-422-4453

The Trevor Project
Text “START” to 678678
1-866-488-7386

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.

Americas

911

The Americas

Europe

112

Europe

Africa

112 & 999

Africa

Asia

112, 999, 110

Asia

Oceania

112, 911, 999, 111, & 000

Oceania

These online and international resources may help you anywhere you are located. Looking for local support outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

DV Support Abroad
Call toll-free worldwide
1-833-723-3833

I'm Alive Virtual Crisis Center
Live chat with trained volunteers

Crisis Connections
24/7 crisis support with interpretation in 155+ languages