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Mental Health Effects of Emotional Abuse

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Mental Health Effects of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is not as easy to spot as physical abuse, but oftentimes its effects can be just as traumatic. Emotional abuse can involve a wide range of tactics, including gaslighting, shaming, and manipulation. All these tactics are intended to leave the victim feeling confused, powerless, and hopeless.Typically, people suffer from long-term or short-term emotional abuse, and depending on the...[ read more ]

How to Practice Self-Compassion

From a young age, most of us are taught how to be kind, considerate, and compassionate toward others. But rarely are we told to show the same consideration to ourselves. This becomes even more true for individuals brought up in abusive or unloving homes.What is Self-Compassion?Self-compassion is taken from Buddhist psychology and refers to how we can relate to the...[ read more ]

Time to Take Care of Yourself During Stress

If you’re like most people, you deal with your own fair share of stress most days. And that doesn’t really seem fair at all! Especially when you consider that chronic stress can negatively impact our health, sending blood pressure soaring and causing our hearts to work harder.Whether it’s a bully for a boss, a horrific commute, mounting bills, or problems...[ read more ]

How Your Self-Esteem Affects Your Mental Health

Having low self-esteem is something many people of all ages deal with. While low self-esteem is not considered a mental health condition, how we think about ourselves directly impacts our mental health and overall well-being.What is Self-Esteem?Self-esteem refers to the way people feel about themselves. People with healthy or high self-esteem think positively about themselves and their abilities. They believe...[ read more ]

How to Cope with PTSD While Pregnant

Pregnancy can be an emotionally overwhelming experience for just about anybody. But for women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it can be downright scary. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information to be found about how PTSD can impact pregnancy, leaving many moms-to-be with even more questions and concerns.The few studies that examined how PTSD affects pregnancy are...[ read more ]

The Importance of Independence in a Relationship

When we first fall in love with that special someone, we want to spend all our time together. We seem to feel better when we are with our significant other.This is the infatuation stage, and admittedly, it feels really good. But enduring relationships move past this stage and into a place of mutual respect and care. This will require each...[ read more ]

Overcoming Generational Trauma

You know you got your hairline from your Dad’s side of the family and your eye color from your mom. You know diabetes runs in your family, as does heart disease and Parkinson’s.But do you know that many families also pass down trauma to their loved ones? So it’s not just our physical makeup and risk of disease that we...[ read more ]

How to Tell Your Partner About Your Past Sexual Abuse

Relationships always start out on a high note. Your mutual attraction combined with your commonalities stirs up your feelings while finding out about your differences and exploring the world together makes your relationship fresh and exciting. When your relationship becomes more intimate, you may start to wonder when the right time is for you to open up to your partner...[ read more ]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and so I thought it would be a good idea to take this time to talk a little about mental health and the benefits of seeking treatment for whatever issues you may be facing.When we talk about mental health, we discuss our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health not only affects how...[ read more ]

Journaling Therapy

  As kids, many of us told our deepest secrets and our hopes and dreams in our diaries. And then we got older and forgot all about visiting those pages each day.   You may have heard about journaling, which some would say is the adult equivalent of keeping a diary. But journaling can also be a powerful form of...[ read more ]