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4 Life changing reasons to accept your PTSD diagnosis

4 Life-Changing Reasons to Accept Your PTSD Diagnosis

Feeling boxed in by your new PTSD diagnosis? Are you struggling to accept that you officially have a disorder? It is intense to receive this news! I definitely get it. I was absolutely shocked when I was first diagnosed with PTSD and dissociative identity disorder. We all know we’ve gone through trauma, but hearing a professional officially state it makes it far more real. And much more difficult to accept. I’m a big believer that...

Dissociative Amnesia: What to Do When Life is Only Partially Lived

Dissociative Amnesia: What to Do When Life is Only Partially Lived

Life is lived in the moment. This is the most important truth for us survivors of abuse—especially those of us with dissociative amnesia. This condition causes us to forget a lot of things. Sometimes it’s just traumatic memories. At other times, amnesia can spread to even everyday things. Ranging from why we walked into a certain room to forgetting entire friendships. No human remembers everything, but those of us with dissociative amnesia witness the power...

Overcome a Lack of Motivation to Recover

Overcome a Lack of Motivation to Recover

Recovery is hard. Trauma is a daily battle for us survivors of abuse. Each fight is not an easy one. It’s completely natural to have a lack of motivation. In fact, as Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center states, it's common for just about everyone to lack motivation at one point or another.  You’ve fought hard. You have stood your ground in every battle and you’ve come out victorious. You’re still here and that’s what truly matters. But...

The Best 6 Natural Remedies for Depression, by Someone Living It

The Best 6 Natural Remedies for Depression, by Someone Living It

Medication can save our lives when we have a mental illness. Therapy can work wonders. But sometimes, we need natural remedies for depression too. I’m a huge supporter of psychiatric medication. Just two weeks ago, my doctor was delayed (quite significantly) in refilling one of my scripts. And my gosh did I feel it! Panic attacks went from once every 3-4 days, to almost four times a day. Medicine can transform our lives, but it doesn’t...

3 Fantastic techniques to improve your mental health

3 Fantastic Techniques to Improve Your Mental Health

You are not taking a step back in your recovery when PTSD comes back. When memories of abuse resurface. Truthfully, you can always improve your mental health even in the midst of the tough emotions of trauma recovery. The work you have been doing is still in play, even when it feels like you fell backwards. You’re always moving forwards—a part of moving forwards is letting your past come up so it can be healed....

How to stop morning anxiety from ruining your day

How to Stop Morning Anxiety from Ruining Your Day

Who wants to start their day distressed and overcome with worry? Not me! Not anyone. But, when we have morning anxiety, then that’s exactly how each morning begins. So how do we live a fulfilling and peaceful day, after waking up on edge? Morning anxiety comes from many different sources. Sometimes the morning itself is triggering. Maybe you had a nightmare the previous night, or you wake up into a traumatic flashback. Regardless of the...

The Mental Health Recovery You’re Guaranteed to Reach

The Mental Health Recovery You’re Guaranteed to Reach

If you can’t reach a place of mental health recovery, it’s because of one single mindset. Your version of recovery is not the right one for you. There is a place of mental health recovery you can reach. First, simply define what recovery means to you and you alone. You are guaranteed to reach it—so long as you’re realistic and willing to do the work. Recovery is diverse and unique. We all live with different mental...

5 ways we can better accept mental health issues

5 Ways We Can Better Accept Mental Health Issues

There is a lot of work that needs to be done to accept people living with mental health issues. We fight daily stigma, misunderstanding, and conflict when living with a mental illness. Despite the world needing to change so much, we can make a huge impact when we speak up, even as one single person. Mental health issues are common. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness. 1 in 25 experience that...

Pulling Through a Depression Relapse

It is terrifying when our mental illnesses come back, completely out of the blue. We feel like we’re in the clear and then all the sudden we’re struck with a depression relapse or some other resurgence of symptoms. To add to the intensity, it always seems to feel worse than it did in the past. Our mental illnesses naturally come and go. It’s part of the healing process and—as we all know quite well—recovery is...

Working with Mental Illness: Thriving in Your Career

Pursuing a career you love can be incredibly fulfilling. It gives you a reason to get out of bed, it shows you how you can impact the lives of others, and you can feel accomplished and driven. Despite all of these benefits, working with mental illness can seem elusive and difficult. But, it is totally, completely possible. All of these wonderful things can find a space to exist in your life. It’s not uncommon to feel...

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