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Mental Health Monday: Processing Trauma

Trauma comes in many forms and can cause long-term effects, ranging from mental and emotional responses to physical symptoms. For the purposes of this post, I'm concentrating on mental and emotional trauma, which HelpGuide.org divides into three categories: One-time events, such as an accident, injury, or a violent attack, especially if it was unexpected or happened… Continue reading Mental Health Monday: Processing Trauma

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#MHMon Reading Recommendations

Now that the holidays are over and we are into "The dead of winter" I thought now might be a good time to list a few of my go-to books for these dark, dreary months, when my depression tends to be at its worst. I've broken these into segments, so that you can compile your… Continue reading #MHMon Reading Recommendations

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#MHMon Guest Post: Jeni Chappelle

Hello Burnout My Old Friend   In December, a lot of people I know are feeling burnt out. As magical as the winter holidays can be, spending more money, eating too much unhealthy food, and having extra responsibilities can add to our stress. Family troubles tend to bubble up this time of year too, whether that’s… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post: Jeni Chappelle

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#MHMon Guest Post

The following essay was submitted by a reader who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the content. While this is not the type of content I typically seek out for Mental Health Mondays, I think this is an important story to tell. While sexual assault has received a lot of attention… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post

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#MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown

A couple of days ago on Twitter there was a post circulating about helping people with panic attacks that recommended hugging them. This was quickly shut down by hundreds--if not thousands--of anxiety sufferers who all said the same thing: If I'm having a panic attack, touch me at your own peril. It's not that people with… Continue reading #MHMon: How to Help Someone Having a Panic/Anxiety Attack or Meltdown

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#MHMon: Masks Off

"Masking" is the process by which people with mental health issues or disabilities hide their symptoms in order to blend in with society. This can include something like a person with depression forcing a smile, a hearing impaired person pretending to understand parts of a conversation when they can't read someone's lips or the person… Continue reading #MHMon: Masks Off

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#MHMon: My CSP Care Kit

Content warning: the following discusses Compulsive Skin Picking. While the details are minimal, if you are squeamish you might want to move along. This post also includes mentions of self harm. CSP is an easy acronym for something that has several really long names. Sometimes called dermatillomania, excoriation disorder, or simply Compulsive Skin Picking, CSP… Continue reading #MHMon: My CSP Care Kit

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#MHMon: Screw it!

Some of the best things in my life have come from frustration. No, really. In 2008, after three years without something fluffy to keep me warm at night, I adopted Hermes. The furry monster is my baby, and I wouldn't trade him for anything. 2012 wasn't a good year for me. At all. I lost… Continue reading #MHMon: Screw it!

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#MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out

It's been a while since I've pulled out this hashtag. For those unfamiliar, #MHMon is Mental Health Monday, which I started doing on the first Monday of the month to discuss mental health and creativity, how they intersect, and how they impact each other. I haven't been using it much lately, though, because...well, honestly, it… Continue reading #MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out

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#MHMon Guest Post: The Bug-Out Bag

This post was shared with permission by the author from http://succulentdiva.com as part of a series on mental health and creativity. Many thanks to Elizabeth Brown-Shook! If you would like to read the entire post it can be found here.  5 Things I Keep in My Extreme Stress Kit by Elizabeth Brown-Shook Being a stay-at-home… Continue reading #MHMon Guest Post: The Bug-Out Bag