Find out why people self-injure, on

10 Scientifically Backed Reasons Why Humans Self-Harm

What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “self-injury?” If your first thought is a black garbed teenage girl who is “just trying to get attention,” then this list will surprise you. There is a lot of stigma surrounding … Continue reading

Learn how my PTSD+Depression affect my kids in a tellall confessional on

A Family Problem: How My PTSD+Depression Affect My Kids

Although living with PTSD, Minor Depression, and an Addiction Disorder often feels like the loneliest existence on the planet, these are issues which affect my entire family. Especially when I am in the depths of an episode, I like to … Continue reading

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Friday Happy Post! LiebShine BLAARGH Award!

Hey, you, pssst…over here! Wanna know what that title’s about? I dunno if any of you blog reading people have noticed, but there are two Blogger “Awards” going around that are exactly the same, but have two different names. The … Continue reading

Read about the good days in a crappy year on

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

Find out what it's like to remain traumatized ten years after the event, when no one cares anymore-on

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

Learn the truth about being in a relationship with a psychopath, no

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

Forgiveness is for the benefit of the forgiver, but I still can't bring myself to do

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

Why I don't use trigger warnings even though I'm an educated liberal with PTSD on

The Great Trigger Warning Debate: Why I Don’t Use Trigger Warnings, Even Though I’m An Educated Liberal With PTSD

I have had PTSD, the result of severe and prolonged domestic violence, for over nine years. I am actively in therapy; I attend both one-on-one counseling and a peer support group every week. I regularly engage in mindfulness practices like yoga, … Continue reading

How surviving rape and developing PTSD has kept me

Rape, Trauma, Money: The Economics of my Mental Illness

Even if I don’t exactly remember the day, my mother has told the story enough times to imprint what looks like a memory into my mind. We’re at my elementary school playground. It’s a mild, overcast day, because it’s Seattle, … Continue reading has been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award 2017!

Blogger Recognition Award-2017

Once again Maria, the mama with PPD who I interviewed last month, has proven herself to be a rare and amazing new friend. I woke up from a nap on Friday evening, loaded on antibiotics and cough medicine, and did what … Continue reading

The question you SHOULD be asking survivors of domestic violence: "Why did you leave?"-answered

The Other Question: Why Did You Leave?

Earlier this year I wrote a post answering the terrible question that everybody asks, or wants to ask, survivors of long-term domestic violence: why did you stay? My hope for that post was that it would provide enough information, which … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning for the Mentally Ill on

Spring Cleaning for the Mentally Ill

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when the sun comes out, and everyone starts writing blog posts about their shiny new homes and their fabulous SPRING CLEANING technique that allowed them to get it done in twenty … Continue reading

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Eight Everyday Experiences I Am SICK Of Having As A Female

This female had a garbage weekend. If you have been following my blog at all, you know I’ve actually had a pretty terrible month. I don’t want to go into ALL of it, but for those of you who have … Continue reading

What I Learned In The Psych

All Roads Lead To The Nurse’s Station (or) What I Learned In The Psych Ward

For the most part, the media gets PTSD dangerously wrong. PTSD does not, generally, make a person violent. A kind, non-violent person will not acquire PTSD and then also the sudden unshakable desire to shoot up a grocery store. Sure, … Continue reading

Read what drove my suicide attempt on

Dear Family, Dear World: The Thoughts Behind a Suicide

My therapist said something last session which shook me to the core. Normally my humor is very dark, very dry. Knowing this, she feels comfortable telling dark, sometimes morbid jokes. The subject of my blog came up and she said … Continue reading

A Day Without A Mama

A Day Without A Mama: A Post For International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and the “Day Without A Woman” strike. A lot has been written already about how this strike is classist and exclusionary.  Some women simply cannot afford to lose a day’s worth of income, or risk … Continue reading

The Big Question: Why Did You Stay? A question which should never be asked of DV survivors, and question which is all too often asked of DV survivors. Answered.

The Big Question: Why Did You Stay?

The Big Question. The question everybody wants to ask survivors of long-term domestic violence. The question nobody should ever ask a survivor of domestic violence: Why did you stay? Why Did You Stay? Look, I get it. If you’ve never … Continue reading

The second half of my #RockingMotherhood Challenge-PTSD styel

Rocking Motherhood Challenge: Part Two

Hey folks! I’m back with Part Two of my version of the “Rocking Motherhood Challenge.” If you missed part one, you can catch up here. If you’re the type to just skip ahead instead, I’ll give you a brief summary of what … Continue reading

Elizabeth "Betty Mama" Brico takes on the #RockingMotherhood Challenge-PTSD style

Rocking Motherhood Challenge: Part 1

  I have been tagged. That’s right. Stephenie of the blog BlendedLifeHappyWife tagged me in this “Rocking Motherhood Challenge” which has been circulating among the Mama blogging community.  Basically each Mama tagged is supposed to make a list of ten reasons … Continue reading

All About Relationships: A PTSD Post Valentine's Day Special on

Relationships: A PTSD Post-Valentine’s Day Special

Hey readers, here is a special post-Valentine’s Day treat. You get to learn all about relationships, and just how extra screwy they get when dealing with PTSD! I don’t really participate in Valentine’s Day. I consider Valentine’s Day to be an invented holiday, … Continue reading

What About The Children: A post about the inefficacy of the judicial system in regards to domestic violence

What About The Children?

I spent yesterday afternoon at a parenting seminar. Correction: I spent yesterday afternoon at a parenting plan seminar.  Because I am supposed to be preparing to design a co-parenting plan with the man who beat me, raped me, robbed me of the … Continue reading

Eighteen: A post about birthdays and


As I write this, the hours are counting down on February 7th.  Soon it will be February 8th. My birthday. My birthday.  This used to be the most exciting day of the year for me.  This used to be a … Continue reading

The Sick Week: A Tale of Effluvia

The Sick Week: A Tale of Effluvia

For impoverished mothers living with PTSD, most blessings are oddly shaped and paltry.  This week, my first blessing came in the guise of my in-laws being here for the first and worst day that I acquired the stomach virus which … Continue reading

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The Birthday Party

Let me just start by saying: Other moms terrify me.  Even the cool ones.  Even the ones I kinda want to be friends with.  Maybe those ones even more, because I actually sort of care what they think.  It’s as … Continue reading

Learn how a busy day affects even the physical health of those who live with PTSD

Betty Mama and the Super-Busy, Way-Too-Stressful, Socially Awkward, Very Exhausting Day

Must I say more?  The hair, the eyes, the circles beneath them: All signs of an elated woman!  This is me, drinking my second cup of coffee after shipping my girls off to daycare, looking forward to the next several … Continue reading

How one Mama overcame her Post Traumatic Stress symptoms to march against Trump with her daughter

Mommy Marching with PTSD

I have seen a lot of photos from the various Sister Marches since marching the Womxn’s March on Seattle this past Saturday.  You’ve probably seen my favorite, it’s the one showing a sign that says, “So bad, even introverts are … Continue reading