Trauma: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Trauma isn’t simply an emotion; it is a deeply disturbing memory that invades an individual’s sense of control. Now it is important to note that no trauma is too small- any event that leaves some kind of scar, insecurity, lingering fear, or unhealthy perspective can be traumatic and is worth discussing. Many don’t realize an …

The Danger of Eating Disorder Blogs: Know Which Ones to Avoid

  Anorexic or bullemic individuals may find support from others who battle with an eating disorder, and having a support system is a beneficial for recovery. However, we must make sure that the support system we lean on has the mindset of recovery and not the mindset of reaching weight goals. For example, Tumblr.com has …

Why to Practice Self-Care

Everyone gets stressed. Whether it be school, job, or relationship related stress, it affects us not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. A way to combat this stress is to practice effective self-care. No matter what may be going on with you right now, this holistic approach allows you to live a vital …

Overpower Your OCD Through Apathy & Less Fear

Obsessive compulsive disorder is like having a bully in your brain who never allows you to be happy or relaxed or in-the-moment. When you realize you aren’t obsessed about the thing, your brain reminds you of it and sucks you back into your head. This is why distraction and avoidance can only work for so …

Let’s Talk About Social Media & Unhealthy Comparison

Social media is a great way to express yourself and to see how your peers are doing. It can expose you to different cultures, grow your connections, update you on life events, give you ideas, and allow you to communicate with old acquaintances without it being direct or awkward. Being said, one should try to …

The Effects of Tumblr on Mental Health

Tumblr can be a cathartic safe haven for people to vent about their struggles. It can help them realize that they are not alone. It can bring peace and relief but can also cause a counterintuitive cycle of spiraling deeper into depression.   Tumblr.com is a free blogging website that allows members to post whatever …

Recovery: Learn to Let Go

We will never be able to change the past, the mistakes that we made or the mistakes that were done unto us. Sometimes we face a harsh reality and we have to learn to accept that reality the best we can. Recovery starts with mental acceptance and the motivation to get better, and once this …

Mindfulness: The missing puzzle piece in today’s world

Mindfulness: The missing piece to happiness In today’s day and age, we are exposed to more information in one day, than an individual in the 50’s was in their entire lives. Kind of shocking isn’t it? Between checking our phones, watching television, or browsing the web on our computers, we are constantly distracted from being …

Tips for Avoiding Relapse

The most important moment before relapse isn’t the final decision to use a drug. It’s when you decide to expose yourself to triggers. For example, a trigger could be going to a party or walking through the liquor section at the store. Before encountering your triggers, you still have most of the control. Not your …

Bipolar I vs. Bipolar II Disorder

  Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme high and low moods that can be intercepted by periods of symptom-free , “normal” mood. Symptoms can occur between the two poles of depression and mania: Depression– Dysthymia (low-grade depression)- Euthymia (normal mood)- Hypomania (low-grade mania)- Mania There are two …