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(Reblog) I Loved The Man Who Abused Me

The memory that haunts me most is not being strangled until my body gave way to seizure. Nor is it the three days I spent being beaten in a motel by my lover. It’s not the day he raped me … Continue reading

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Sexual Violence Lasts Far Longer Than The Act

I am shocked when I hear people telling sexual assault survivors to “just get over it.” I don’t understand how someone can categorize sexual assault as a singular act; as though it is just the event that happened without any … 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

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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

Find out what happens to someone with PTSD when all supports fail-on bettysbattleground.com

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

What is it like for someone with PTSD to experience success? Find out on bettysbattleground.com

Fame, Fortune, and PTSD: Am I Enjoying My Success?

I’m going to make a somewhat embarrassing admission. Well, it would be embarrassing if most people did not already know it about me. Ever since I was a wee gal, I have wanted to be famous. Specifically, a famous writer. … Continue reading

Why are some chronic pain patients furthering their cause by putting down ours? -bettysbattleground.com

The “Opioid Crisis” Is Not A War Against Pain Relief

I just encountered a disturbing phenomenon. Maybe I’m the last kid on the bus to notice this, but apparently there’s a sect of chronic pain patients who are opioid crisis deniers. They feel that the deaths of drugs users is … Continue reading

Sometimes, proper grammar makes writing worse. Find out how, and how to avoid it, on bettysbattleground.com

Is Your Obsession With Grammar Hurting Your Writing?

As many of you are already aware, writing is a very important part of my life. If you check out the tagline, this blog isn’t just about PTSD and mental illness, it’s about living and parenting with PTSD. Living and … Continue reading

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An Untold Story From 9/11

When the first airplane hit the Twin Towers, I was thirteen years old. It was still early in Seattle, and I was getting ready for school. I heard about it on The End, the local angsty rocker radio station. It … Continue reading

Labor Day Ranting: A Compendium Of Bullshit

It’s Labor Day, so I’m gonna take a break from the structured blog posts I’ve been writing and just rant a little. Which I really need because I don’t really have any other legit medium to rant anymore. I don’t … Continue reading

6 Common Compliments You should never say to a mentally ill woman-on bettysbattleground.com

6 Common Compliments That Undermine Mentally Ill Women

2017 is a very cool time to be living when it comes to feminism. There is still a ton of work to be done, but it’s definitely awesome that everyone who reads anything knows about feminism. Even people whose reading … Continue reading

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Do My Near-Death Experiences Prove Immortality?

Are humans immortal? Am I? These are the questions that land people like me in psych wards. Yet also the exact questions being posited by ‘biocentrism‘ researchers like Dr. Robert Lanza. And, according to some of his ideas, maybe even … Continue reading

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Game Time! Is/Is Not: Addiction

I have something new for you today! There are a lot of misconceptions about various topics that affect many people in this world. So many misconceptions. I’m sure I hold a few. But, having been through some things that sit … Continue reading

Why you should think twice before detoxing those "toxic" friends-on bettysbattleground.com

Why The “Detox Negative People Fad” Hurts The Mentally Ill

You’ve heard it before. Maybe you have even said it, or some variation. “Detox the negative people out of your life.” The basic tenet is that we all deserve happiness, we all deserve to be around people who make us … Continue reading

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Coping With PTSD Through Self-Harm

Last week I published a research based article about 10 scientifically-backed reasons why humans self-harm. Today, I’m going to get a lot more personal. PTSD is an extremely difficult disorder to live with. Coping is a daily struggle. In the past … Continue reading

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The Big List Of Paying Markets: Mental Health

Note: This post contains sponsored links. For more information, please see the Sponsored Links and Posts Disclaimer on my Mission+Legal Page. I’m proud to say that Betty’s Battleground has reached it’s half-year mark. I started ‘er at the end of … Continue reading

Find out why people self-injure, on bettysbattleground.com

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

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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

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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

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

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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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 it-bettysbattleground.com

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 bettysbattleground.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. www.bettysbattleground.com

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

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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

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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 www.bettysbattleground.com

Relationships: A PTSD Post-Valentine’s Day Special

Note: This post contains sponsored links. For more information, please see the Sponsored Links and Posts Disclaimer on my Mission+Legal Page. Hey readers, here is a special post-Valentine’s Day treat. You get to learn all about relationships, and just how extra … 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 endings-www.bettysbattleground.com

Eighteen

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

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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