Addiction / Anxiety / Mental Health / Wellness

Anxiety and Addiction

“Anxiety disorders afflict more Americans than any other type of mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 18 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.” Maryland Recovery Anxiety is a spectrum disorder. It has triggers and situational factors that differ for each person. For people … Continue reading

Agoraphobia / Anxiety / Mental Health

Let’s Talk about Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety (SAD)  Social anxiety is a mental health disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is rooted in the “persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and feeling embarrassed or humiliated by their actions.” Symptoms can be mild to severe with a wide variety of triggers … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Boundaries / Depression / Emotional Abuse / Gaslighting / Mental Health / Psychological Abuse / Suicide / Suicide Ideation / Verbal Abuse / Wellness

Gaslighting and Coercive Control

One of the more difficult methods of abuse to pinpoint is gaslighting. It is a harmful method of emotional abuse, which tricks victims into disbelieving their own memories. Occurring over an extended period of time, gaslighting can keep victims trapped in dangerous situations. Its tactics can help abusers hide their behaviors that they don’t want … Continue reading

Anxiety / Depression / Mental Health / Suicide Ideation / Wellness

Hey Now! My Healthy Place Guest Post is Up!

Yesterday, my guest post went up over at the Healthy Place.  I’ve been a long time reader and fan of their work.  Seriously, it’s like WebMD for mental health, but better!  And that’s mostly because of the fresh perspectives from mental health professionals, advocates, survivors, or others currently struggling with a disorder.  *raises hand* But … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Emotional Abuse / Mental Health / Psychological Abuse / Wellness

Don’t Underestimate Your Anger…Part 2

(Update 3/30/2016 – Yesterday, a mere 4 days after I originally wrote this post, author Jessica Knoll shared her story about the real life incidents, which shaped her novel, Luckiest Girl Alive.  It’s a powerful and courageous essay and I can’t stop thinking about it.) “I know that I made the mistake of thinking that … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Depression / Emotional Abuse / Mental Health / Narcissism / Psychological Abuse / Suicide Ideation

You’re Only As Healthy As Your Social World

We’ve all held on to someone who didn’t deserve to be there, and most of us still have someone in our lives who continually drains us: Someone who doesn’t add value. Someone who isn’t supportive. Someone who takes and takes and takes without giving back to the relationship. Someone who contributes very little and prevents … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Depression / Psychological Abuse / Suicide / Wellness

Thoughts On My Stigma Fighters Post

It took me awhile, but I finally found the stomach to write about my own story.  I know other people, who I’ve never met, have certainly helped me by sharing their stories, struggles, and triumphs.  So despite my discomfort and chest palpitations–I hate when they return!–writing about the heavier aspects of my own depression, suicide … Continue reading