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  • A Gaslighter's Secret Strategies
    Hope & Healing

    A Gaslighter's Secret Strategies

    If you've been in close relationship with a narcissist, you probably have experienced something mental health experts call “gaslighting”. Gaslighting is a manipulation strategy used to gain power over someone for a variety of reasons.

  • Past Trauma May Haunt Your Future Self
    Hope & Healing

    Past Trauma May Haunt Your Future Self

    A rocky childhood. A violent assault. A car accident. If these are in your past, they could be affecting your present health.

  • This Is Gonna Disqualify Me
    Hope & Healing

    This Is Gonna Disqualify Me

    “How can I help people when I haven’t gotten over my anxiety?” It’s a thought that hit me during my “coming to terms” with mental illness. Getting diagnosed with two disorders while starting to treat them for others was not the opportunity I asked for.

  • So I Guess I Cry Now
    Hope & Healing

    So I Guess I Cry Now

    I believe that I have cried more this year than the past two years combined.

    The thing is, I’m not a crier. Ask my therapist; I don’t cry. No matter the heartbreak, loss, or disaster my eyes will stay bone dry. Even through monumental high points in life I can’t seem to shed a tear.

  • The Lucy Syndrome
    Hope & Healing

    The Lucy Syndrome

    My name should have been Lucy. You know, the 1950’s sitcom about the crazy redhead married to Ricky Ricardo. She and Ethel were always getting into some kind of trouble or crazy situation.

  • God Did the Miraculous
    Hope & Healing

    God Did the Miraculous

    Before joining the Shelter from the Storm recovery group, I believed that if anyone knew what had happened to me, then there’s no way they could love me or even stand to look at me with anything other than disgust, rejection and soul-sucking pity. Back then, I was saturated in shame and weighed down by false guilt. I hated and blamed myself for what other people had done to me.