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5 Ways to Help Cope with Trauma

Traumatic events happen to many people in many different situations. While the severity of the situation can differ, anyone who has gone through trauma will be able to relate to other victims to at least some degree. Everyone has their own ways of coping with trauma, but I have a few steps that I follow…

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Music and Mental Wellness

In High School, I was proud to proclaim myself as a “band geek,” giving myself a derogatory label that somehow made sense of those awkward and uncertain years. The truth is, I never felt more content during that time of my life than when I was with my fellow bandmates, navigating the turbulent mix of…

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Broken Vows: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships (part 3)

In part one and part two of this article, I discussed my early experiences of emotional abuse from my husband, including gaslighting and economic abuse–as well as my multiple thwarted attempts to leave the relationship. I disregarded a lot of awful things my husband did, such as him being mean and abusive to my oldest…

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Broken Vows: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships (part 2)

In part one of this article, I discussed the different ways that my husband has emotionally abused me over the course of our relationship, including his attempts to completely isolate me. The scariest part to me now is the fact that if he had ever accomplished his goal of completing isolating me, he would’ve become…

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Broken Vows: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships (part 1)

Let me start by saying this is the hardest and longest article I’ve ever had to write, but writing for me is therapeutic. I have been in an abusive relationship for five years. At first glance, my husband checks all the boxes of a perfect partner. He’s handsome and charming, and in the beginning, he…

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STRANGER THAN FICTION: PART ONE – Feelings for Fictional Folks

My therapist–in the noble and hopefully not futile pursuit of helping me reprocess certain “traumatic events” that “happened” “to me”–led me through a strange exercise during our last session. She told me to close my eyes and imagine a place, any place, in which I felt an uncomplicated and unconditional safety. I quickly cycled through…

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Five Ways to Teach Your Child Self-Care

With mental illness getting the much-needed attention it deserves, I feel that we sometimes leave our kids out of the discussion. A lot of the time we say that children shouldn’t have a reason to be stressed or depressed: “What could they possibly have to be stressed about? Everything is provided to them!” Or so…

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Financial Stress and Mental Health

They say money can’t buy you happiness, but any one of us who has gone through difficult financial times can agree that a lack of money can certainly make you unhappy. Mental illness is not tied intrinsically to financial wealth – an individual with millions of dollars can still experience depression, while someone who is…

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The Intrusive Thoughts of Postpartum OCD

While maternal mental health is finally getting more attention, a lot of the challenges faced by mothers remain unknown or misunderstood. Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a one such perinatal mood disorder that’s more common than reported, is rarely discussed, and deserves more attention. As a therapist, I’m well aware of anxiety, both professionally and…

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