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Mental Health Recovery is a Journey, Not A Destination

Mental Health Recovery is a Journey, Not A Destination

I would like to take a moment to thank Natalie Jeanne Champagne for doing such a wonderful job with the blog, sharing from her heart and being a strong advocate for mental health and mental health recovery. I wish her well in all of her endeavors.

Components of Mental Health Recovery

My goal for the blog will be to discuss resilience, offer encouragement and share coping techniques I’ve found helpful in my own mental health recovery.

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PTSD and Suicide Prevention

PTSD and Suicide Prevention

PTSD and suicide thoughts (plus how to shift them) is a topic of frequent discussion in any community of survivors struggling with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Really, how could it not be? We’re asked to live inside a mind that feels crazy and a body that behaves in ways out of our control. At some point, it’s reasonable for anyone to just want to be set free.

Of course, suicide is always the wrong answer. Every day, we learn more about PTSD recovery and how to heal, which means that there is always hope for feeling better. In fact, with the many approaches now available for healing work recovery is more like a Choose Your Own Adventure than ever before. It took me 10 modalities to reach the end of PTSD symptoms.

If I had given up and given in to the dark PTSD suicide thoughts a whole life would have been lost that really has been more than worth living.

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Self-Harm and the Picking Dilemma

Self-Harm and the Picking Dilemma

In one of my earlier blogs, I discussed something called body-focused repetitive behaviors. These are behaviors almost every human being deals with and doesn’t realize it is a different version of self-harm – picking hang nails, biting nails, picking at zits or pimples are just a few common ones. Typically, these behaviors are not done to distract, release frustration or to emotionally connect to the pain. Usually, body-focused repetitive behaviors are done without realization.

So, why am I bringing this up again? It goes back to my face and how I fell on it this weekend.

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7 Rules for Vacationing with Your Special Needs Child

7 Rules for Vacationing with Your Special Needs Child

Vacation with your special needs child require a special set of rules. Not unlike some of the rules you may have in place at home. Having rules when vacationing allows me peace of mind. Vacationing with your special needs child isn’t easy, but it can be fun. Here are some rules I use when traveling with Bob.

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A Child’s Self-Esteem Starts at Home

Learn how to build healthy self-esteem and unbreakable confidence in your child with simple tips for everyday interactions.

A Child’s Self-Esteem Starts at Home

A child’s self-esteem is being shaped by every interaction he or she has. How children see themselves will influence their education, relationships and overall well-being. Life is often about feeling competent and accepted, their outer world doesn’t always mirror this. The unconditional acceptance at home, from parents, is the catalyst for successful self-esteem in your child.

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Six Ayurvedic Ways To Decrease Anxiety

Six Ayurvedic Ways To Decrease Anxiety

Ayurveda means “perfect knowledge” in Sanskrit. It is a traditional medicine from Ancient Indian. The sister of Yoga. (If you have never heard of Ayurveda, do a search and you’ll find loads of information!)

The assumption in Ayurveda is that there are three elemental substances in the body called doshas.  They are vata, pitta, and kapha. At each moment these doshas can be in states of aggravation cause emotional and physical health to be compromised. The treatment of Ayurveda seeks to pacify these doshas.

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Adult ADHD and Where to Live

Adult ADHD and Where to Live

Is there a perfect environment for Adult ADHD? Living in the suburbs? In the city? In another country? Is it better to live somewhere with access to outdoor and green spaces?

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Forgiveness and PTSD: Releasing Trauma or Excusing the Guilty?

Forgiveness and PTSD: Releasing Trauma or Excusing the Guilty?

When it comes to what it takes to heal PTSD, forgiveness is a topic that requires a lot of thought. On the surface, it’s easy to believe that when we forgive we condone (of course, that’s not the case!). Even if, intellectually, we know that forgiving does not excuse, it can feel that way and so we shy away from the forgiveness process.
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Self-Harm and Thinking Before You Act

Self-Harm and Thinking Before You Act

This weekend, I fell on my face.

Yes, I literally fell onto the sidewalk and currently have the ugliest scab and bruise covering the right side of my face.  Now, this information may seem random to you, but after I fell onto the cement, pain filled my body. Obviously this is normal when it comes to any accidental scrape or cut or bruise. However, for some reason, memories from my self-harming past popped into my mind and I started thinking to myself, “Why would I have caused so much physical pain to myself just for distraction and escape? Pain hurts.”

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Sleep Tracking via Your Smartphone

Sleep Tracking via Your Smartphone

Recently I was turned on to one of the coolest apps I’ve seen – it’s an app for your smartphone that tracks your sleep. This magical piece of software records your sleep, the sleep phases and any sounds, as well as does a myriad of other things.

This is incredibly useful to a person with a mental illness. People with mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are known to have problems with their sleep and this application can help you pinpoint what’s going on.

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