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Three Lessons Vital to Rape Survivors

Three Lessons Vital to Rape Survivors

There are three lessons vital to rape survivors. With convicted sex offender Brock Turner’s release from prison and Jared Fogle’s lawsuit blaming the victim’s parents for her “destructive behavior,” sexual assault has been in the media a lot lately. I, myself, am a sexual assault survivor whose attacker got off on a technicality. Part of my healing was writing a recently published Bible study for sexual assault survivors. There were three lessons I learned that are vital to rape survivors.

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After the Rape: Three Lies Rape Victims Believe

After the Rape: Three Lies Rape Victims Believe

There are three lies rape victims believe, and these lies are common. One in six American women and one in 33 American men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). That’s just the ones who reported the rape, and RAINN estimates that 68 percent of rapes go unreported. I’ve heard that if you factor in unreported rapes, it’s one in four American women and one in 10 American men. This raises the questions “Why not report it?” The simple answer is usually one of three lies that rape victims believe.

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Guilt, Shame, and Responsibility in Mental Illness

Guilt, Shame, and Responsibility in Mental Illness

When should the symptom-induced guilt and shame end and responsibility in mental illness begin? Chris T. (actual person, name changed) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. One of the ways his bipolar manifests is hypersexuality. This symptom drives Chris to act out sexually. He’s a married man and over the years has had two extramarital relationships. He has come perilously close on more than one occasion to losing his entire family. Chris feels guilt and shame. He doesn’t deny responsibility in his mental illness, but his wife is torn apart because of his actions.

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The Delicate Art of Grieving

The Delicate Art of Grieving

Death and Grief are Costly

Mentally, emotionally, physically and financially, death and grief are costly. In third place behind the purchase of a home and weddings, funerals are one of the costliest purchases a family will make. The average funeral costs $7-10,000 with a casket; a cremation service typical runs $3000. Yes, death can be quite a racket.

What Fuels the High Cost of Grief

In many instances, it’s guilt and a sense of doing right by the deceased. A morbid sense of “keeping up with the Jones’ also takes over when death comes to call. No one wants to envision his or her loved one in a pine box, lacking flowers, lacking music, a eulogy and the niceties of a departure. Yet the realities of relationships may be far different from the warm tones of rubbed oak, hushed tones, loving remembrances and glorious notes. We do our best and wonder if it is enough – perhaps if we are enough. Guilt keeps us up at night, gives us migraines, creates waves of grief while standing in the grocery line and can interfere with our cognitive abilities.

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