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How Do We Cope With The Monsters Among Us?

As Halloween approaches, monsters, cobwebs, and black crepe streamers line our streets and stores. We stock up on horror films and scary stories, and ready ourselves for a night of fun and fright. It is my favorite holiday–the single one … Continue reading

Holidays are stressful, but relapse is avoidable. Learn how on bettysbattleground.com

How To Get Through The Holidays Without Relapsing

October is coming to a close, which means the holidays are getting started. Soon, we will all be in the thick of it. For those of us in recovery from addiction and/or mental illness, the holidays can be notoriously difficult. … Continue reading

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(Reblog) Does Sexual Harassment Affect Rape Survivors?

The #MeToo hashtag campaign has exposed the fact that sexual violence is a significant event in the lives of most women. One of the most common forms of this violence is sexual harassment. A few examples of sexual harassment are catcalling, suggestive … Continue reading

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Parenting with Mental Illness: Patricia “PTSD Wifey” (Secondary PTSD)

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the Pacific Northwest we are fully embroiled in Autumn. The air feels crisp, my daughters are noticing leaves changing colors, and the other day when I walked beneath … Continue reading

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Healing Words: The Magic of Dissociation & Crisis of Spirit

Today you have the opportunity to read one of the most interesting accounts of dissociation that I have ever encountered. I am extremely proud and grateful to have the opportunity to premier this piece on Betty’s Battleground, even though–and probably … Continue reading

Why #MeToo isn't about men but men can still participate-on bettysbattleground.com

#MeToo Is For Men, And Also Not For Men–And That’s OK

How many #metoo tweets and posts have you seen lately? A lot, I’m guessing. A damn, devastating lot. Which was the point, of course. The campaign was started to demonstrate just how many women suffer sexual violence. As more and … Continue reading

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11 Ridiculous Activities I Learned I Can Do While Breastfeeding

I don’t do straight up parenting posts too often, but hey, I am a mom, right? It’s not all gloom and doom and PTSD. Let’s talk straight up motherhood for once, and have some fun while at it, hmm? And … Continue reading

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Is There Anybody Out There? Comment If You Can Hear Me

If you’re reading this, will you leave me a comment? Every once in a while I get a message from a reader telling me that my blog resonates with her, that she appreciates my honesty, and that she appreciates that … Continue reading

PTSD and violence reblog from HealthyPlace blogs

(Reblog) Does Having PTSD Make You Violent?

I want to begin this post by offering my condolences to those affected by the recent Las Vegas shooting. I can only imagine the pain you are feeling. I hope that you are able to access the care and support … Continue reading

Recovery without 12-steps is very, very possible-on bettysbattleground.com

Why I Don’t Follow The 12-Steps, And Never Will

Late last week, I had an article published on STAT First Opinion called “By shunning medication-assisted therapy, 12-step meetings are making the opioid crisis worse.” I encourage you to read it if you have not already, because in this post … Continue reading

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Healing Words: Surviving My “Evil Stepmother”

Hello, happy Friday! As I promised earlier this week, I have a very special guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Ana De-Jesus. Ana’s blog is Faded Spring, where she melds her fashion blogging and modeling with feminism, trauma … Continue reading

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How I’ve Been Dealing With PTSD When My Supports Failed

Feelings of worthlessness. Social anxiety. Telephonophobia. A sense of foreshortened life. Cherophobia. Agoraphobia. Nightmares that feel like a portal to hell. Physical numbing. Emotional numbing. Suicidal ideation. Suicidal intent. Low self-esteem. Poor sense of danger. Hypervigilance. Rage. Body aches. Depression. … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry I Haven’t Been Posting…But Here Are Some Of My Articles To Read!

Hi readers. I’m sorry I’ve slacked on the posting these past couple weeks. I’ve been exceptionally busy with freelancing. Which is great, because it allows me a larger platform to talk about issues that are really important to me, and … Continue reading