recent mental health

Be Less of a Jerk 101: Racism Crash Course

Stop getting offended when someone calls you white, part of white supremacy, a recipient of white privilege, or even *gasp* you get called racist. Instead, ...

Depression Is My Monster

I could see it begin to creep up on me. Depression, self-conscious, low self-esteem, loneliness. Tiptoeing towards me. I'm cornered and I don't see an ...

I Deserve Respect

I have been wracking my brain to figure out why I ever start drinking in the first place. It's partially due to a desire for ...

Sometimes I Feel Ashamed of My Mental Health

I haven’t written in so long and each time I start, all I want to do is edit myself as I write. Also my left ...

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

If you’ve read the L.A. Times recently, you might have come across an op-ed by journalist David Lazarus, who conflates his dependence on antidepressant medication with ...

6 Movies That Portray Mental Health and Depression Realistically

Movies have the power to shape how we perceive the world. Here are several films that treat mental illness respectfully and honestly, instead of contributing to ...

domestic violence

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

Photo Courtesy of Adrian Herrera of Victor Herrera Photographers To take care of myself in the months preceding my wedding I had to make a ...

Retracting Allegations of Abuse is Not Proof – Trauma and Memories

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. ...

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 ...

Student debt made the domestic violence against me worse

[TW: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE] Amount of debt: $85,000+ [with interest accruing] Source of debt: College Estimated time till debt free: Decades Debt wasn’t something I could ...

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 ...

addictions

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

If you’ve read the L.A. Times recently, you might have come across an op-ed by journalist David Lazarus, who conflates his dependence on antidepressant medication with ...

8 Super Relatable Songs About Addiction and Recovery from the Last 5 Years

Drug-fueled parties, overdoses, stories of survival and despair. These songs deal with all that and more. There are so many songs celebrating the party lifestyle ...

Finding Meaning in Tragedy: Addiction, Trauma, and Activism

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 ...

Can 12-Step Programs Treat Dual Diagnoses?

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 ...

I Don’t Always Feel Relief After a 12-Step Meeting

I can't seem to figure it out, the sinking feeling in my gut, the feeling that I am too visible, too likely to be ogled ...

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

When I was a little girl, I remember becoming so overwhelmed with feelings that I would send myself to my room until I could cry ...

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

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Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
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Child abuse hotline (USA based)
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LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
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