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How To Help A Loved One Who Has Been Raped

The first time I was a victim of rape, I didn’t immediately realize I had been raped. I was sixteen, a virgin, and in love. I had no idea that I was still just a child, or that my boyfriend, … Continue reading

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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

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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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Healing Words: Overcoming The Complacency Trap In Sobriety

Today’s guest post comes from a young man who has gone through addiction and come out the other side. But he writes today to remind us that sometimes the “other side” is not as clear-cut as we may believe. Complacency … Continue reading

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Tales From The Other Side: How To Literally Sleep Away Your Trauma

Happy Monday! Did you sleep well last night? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 35% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep. Look at the PTSD population, … Continue reading

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Why You Should Forgive Your Friends And Heroes Who Commit Suicide

Suicide recently came into the public consciousness because of the death by hanging of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Whenever I hear about someone dying from hanging, I think about this kindhearted, sweet as hell, alcoholic teenage gutter punk I … 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

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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

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15 Outdoor Activities To Promote Mental Healthiness In Kids + Parents

I don’t know about where you live, but I feel like the Pacific Northwest had to be dragged kicking and screaming into nice weather this year. But it finally arrived! Spring showers are coming to a close and Summer is … Continue reading

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7 Soothing Mother’s Day Suggestions for the Mentally Ill Mama In Your Life

Today my daughter came home from daycare with paint on her hands. Not an uncommon occurrence and I didn’t think much of it, but when I was helping her wash it off, she looked at me with a big grin … Continue reading

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Clean Your Way To Being Less Stressed! by Sincerely, Jacqueline

Clean your way to being Less Stressed – 7 Day House Cleaning + Makeover Challenge by Sincerely Jacqueline Whaaaaat is it an alternate dimension? It’s a post on Sunday…Betty’s Battleground never posts on Sunday! Well, except that one time. While … Continue reading

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Sober After Trauma: 10 Simple Ways To Prevent Relapse When Triggered

Life is hard. PTSD is hard. Staying sober is hard. When you have PTSD, and an addiction history, and your life suddenly weaponizes against you, staying sober becomes a monumental feat. Right now, my life is a landmine of triggers. I … Continue reading

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The S/O Challenge: Ten Things I LOVE About You

I don’t usually post on Sundays. But I’m making a special exception today. My husband has been feeling down lately. Overworked, exhausted, and missing his family because he works evenings now and doesn’t get to see us much. I have … Continue reading

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The Suicide Survivor’s Guide: 3 Ways to Recognize Suicidal Behavior, and How You Can Help

It has been a heavy week on Betty’s Battleground. Last Wednesday I posted the letter I didn’t write when I attempted suicide on my birthday last year. On Monday, I kicked off my guest post series “Tales From the Other Side” … Continue reading

Six Indoor Activities That You Can Do With Your Kids When You're Kinda Sorta Maybe Really Freaking Out

Mindful Mothering: Six Simple Indoor Activities To Do With Your Kids When You’re Kinda Sorta Maybe Really Freaking Out

When you live with PTSD, or any anxiety disorder, you know to be ready for an episode any day, any time. Symptoms can range from mild to severe; an episode could mean heightened awareness of other people’s micro-expressions, or it … Continue reading