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Breaking Down Mental Abuse and Neglect

If you’ve been following along this month, I’ve been talking about the different types of abuse leading up to how it shows up in cycles and affects our relationships. This week, I’m going to focus on two major categories: mental abuse and neglect. I’ll start with mental abuse. Mental abuse comes in many forms and …

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Toxic Positivity: Not the Comfort We Think it is.

Almost everyone has dealt with toxic positivity in one way or another. Unfortunately, most of us have also dealt out our fair share of it unintentionally. In these situations, we think we’re helping, but in reality, we’re doing more harm than good. There are two types of toxic positivity that I want to address. The …

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Body Dysmorphia: An Introduction

There’s a chance that you haven’t heard the term ‘body dysmorphia’ before, but I can guarantee you’ve at least heard of some of the effects it can have. For example: self-harm, depression, low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, anorexia, bulimia, binging, or excessive working out. (To be clear, these are examples of some things that …

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder: an introduction

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: an introduction

I have been actively learning about Narcissistic Personality Disorder for about ten years now, but I’ve been passively learning about it since the day I was born. When I was younger, I didn’t know about this disorder. I’d always thought a narcissist was just someone who was vain. You know, a little too self-involved; maybe …

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An Introduction To Understanding Trauma

Trauma is a heavy word. There are so many definitions, so many assumptions, so many feelings and so many associations. In reality, it can mean very different things to different people. When it comes down to it, trauma is a situation that alters your mind or body in a negative way.  It makes you feel …

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Healing isn’t linear.

Healing is a really complicated thing. Some days you feel like you’re making a lot of progress and it makes you feel really powerful. Other days, not so much but at least you’re further ahead than you were a year ago, so that’s still something. Then there are the bad days. The fucked up, panic-attack-filled, …

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Triggers: they don't have to own us anymore.

Triggers: They don’t have to own us anymore.

It goes without saying that triggers are not fun. They are uncomfortable and emotional and can be really painful. Often, they lead to despair, depression, and anger. They can even send you spiraling into a breakdown in the right circumstances. I know I used to feel so weak when something would trigger me. It would …

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You have to want to heal in order to heal.

I was having a conversation recently about how you have to want to heal in order to heal. I know it sounds like common sense. You’d assume that everyone wants to heal when they’ve been hurt. I mean, no one wants to be in pain, right? Sometimes it’s not that simple. It isn’t always as …

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