Tales From The Other Side: A Neurochemical Romance

Tales from the Other Side: A guest post series on www.bettysbattleground.com

Hello! Happy Monday! It really is a happy Monday because I have the honor of publishing this amazing guest post, and you’re here reading it ūüėČ

Last month August did me the great honor of hosting my very first published piece about being queer¬†on her collaborative mental health blog, Survival Is A Talent.¬† Today she has done me another honor: She has written a guest post for Betty’s Battleground, granting us readers intimate insight into her relationship. She discusses a topic that is dear to me: what it’s like to be in a romantic relationship with someone who has PTSD. What makes August’s story unique is that she also lives with a mental illness: bipolar type schizoaffective disorder. Neither she nor her now-fiance had their respective diagnoses when they first began dating. So this piece not only reveals the reality of life with a partner who has PTSD while combating her own symptoms; it also shows us what it’s like to discover that the person you love has a mental illness, while discovering that you yourself do too. This is a unique, beautifully written perspective on a very important topic, and I am proud to have the opportunity to publish it on my blog.

 

Oh also…if you think the title is unbelievably cheesy…don’t put that on August. The superb article is all her; the corny title is all me. Now to August…

August Blair is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media manager. A story about her life with schizophrenia has been published in the next volume of The i’Mpossible Project. It is available for pre-order and will be in stores November 2017. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her personal blog.

August Blair guest writes for bettysbattleground.com

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

Strengthen your relationship by joining the S/O Challenge on www.bettysbattleground.com

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 been feeling down too. Upset by the loss of a friend who callously mismanaged (yet another) creative project of mine. Triggered by a detailed interview with Family Court Services….if you don’t have PTSD you don’t understand how bad that is…but…it’s bad.

And as anyone who is married knows, when both partners are suffering emotionally, the relationships suffers too.

We have been bouncing between bickering, giving each other the silent treatment, and kissing half-heartedly just try try to keep things going. On top of everything, my mother in law is visiting. She’s been helping us…a LOT…with cleaning our apartment. I’m super grateful, BUT it does mean we haven’t had much time alone to talk or rekindle our relationship or anything.

But we’re married. We live together. We have kids together. We really can’t afford to be super dysfunctional. So I have decided to challenge myself, and I invite you to join along with me. It’s simple, here’s how you do it: Save this page. Pin it, bookmark it; whatever your favorite method of saving pages is, do it. Now go about your life. Next time you and your S/O get in a fight, or even the next time you just get annoyed with him (or her, or them), open up this page! Re-read my ten for inspiration, then grab my badge and create your own post. Seriously. You’re in this for the long haul, right? What better to help get over an annoyance with your significant other than to remind yourself ten whole reasons WHY you started on this crazy journey with them in the first place. *deep breath* Here goes.

Ten Things I Love About My Husband…

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Relationships: A PTSD Post-Valentine’s Day Special

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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, one which both upholds and is upheld by capitalism; one which aims to make the single and the poor feel inadequate, and encourages the wealthy and coupled to spend. ¬†I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had fun helping¬†my daughters craft glittery, sticker-crowded paper hearts for each other, but that is about as Valentinesy as I get. ¬†My husband spent the evening of the 14th cooking meals for other couples (and probably making bank in tips), and I messed around on social media and Netflix after putting the girls to bed.

Nonetheless, there’s been a lot of social media talk about Valentine’s Day. ¬†And a lot of pink, heart-shaped decorations everywhere. ¬†It is not really possible to both live within¬†society and completely ignore Valentine’s Day. ¬†So, while I did not particularly celebrate, or want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the atmosphere this week has me thinking about relationships.

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