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The Light That Shines Through: A Post About Dissident Happiness

I have not been very happy this past year. Just over a year ago, on an innocuous evening in June, someone knocked on my door while I was in the bathroom. My husband answered, and accepted a packet that an … Continue reading

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When No One Cares Anymore: What It’s Like To Still Be Traumatized 10 Years Later

A special post for PTSD Awareness Month June is PTSD Awareness Month, and yesterday, June 27th, was PTSD Awareness Day. Although I feel annoyed that awareness months only last for one month a year; afterall, those of us with PTSD … Continue reading

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PTSD Awareness Month 2017 Pt 2: “Through The Looking Glass”

June is PTSD awareness month and this is the second half of a two part special about the complex truth of life after trauma. If you missed part one, please take a moment to read it first. This guest post … Continue reading

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Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 4: TRIGGERED

Happy Friday! Not just any Friday, but OFF-FRIDAYS 4. June is PTSD Awareness Month so this week is themed to honor the experiences of trauma survivors and the people who know and love them. The title is “TRIGGERED” and the … Continue reading

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PTSD Awareness Month 2017: “Down The Rabbit Holes”

June is PTSD Awareness Month I have been sharing a lot of stories about PTSD this month on my blog. I shared a couple posts about my abusive relationship; one on forgiveness, and the other on what it was like … Continue reading

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Healing Words: The Power Of Touch

Hello! Welcome to Friday. I am extra excited about today’s guest post. If you have ever visited my guest post info page, you may have seen mention of a series called “Healing Words.” For the past several months I have … Continue reading

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What It’s Really Like To Love A Sociopath

“Sociopath.” It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot. “Psychopath,” or the abbreviated version, “psycho” are used even more. People usually use these words to describe someone who they maybe don’t like, someone who has behaved in a rude … Continue reading

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Parenting with Mental Illness: Karin (PTSD)

It’s that time of the month again..By which I mean, of course, time for the monthly Parenting with Mental Illness interview. I am so grateful to the three mothers I have interviewed so far for being so generous with their … Continue reading

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Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 3: The Art of Recovery

Welcome to Off-Fridays, Week 3. This week’s theme is “The Art of Recovery.” Last week several bloggers from the MH community came together to share what we are each celebrating. The Off-Fridays before that, the very first Off-Fridays, we collected … Continue reading

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The Forgiveness Conundrum: Why I Can’t Forgive My Abuser, Even Though I Know I Should

Forgiveness. That noble condition of the human mind which allows us to reconcile our past pains with our survival instinct. Some believe forgiveness brings us closer to the divine by allowing us the opportunity to rise above those who have hurt … Continue reading

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Book of the Weeks 6/5-6/18/2017: American Gods

Even if you’ve never read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, you have probably at least heard the title. Maybe you’ve seen the new hit show on Starz. I haven’t, because I don’t have cable, and even while I was visiting my in-laws … Continue reading

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Fiction Fridays: Five Creative Writing Exercises That Helped Heal My Trauma

The week before last, I posted the Fiction Fridays finale. For those new to this blog, Fiction Fridays was a series in which I posted original short stories that I had written. I closed the series, but that doesn’t mean … Continue reading