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Hollay Ghadery
I've been writing with HealthyPlace for just over a year now, and during my time with this wonderful community, I've learned so much about myself, the community members, and more about my disease than I thought possible. It's been unforgettable. However, late last year I began to suffer from something that is common to those of us who write about our trauma.
Megan Griffith
I've come up with many different mantras for recovery in the past few years, and even though it might feel like they're just words, I've noticed that they actually make a huge difference in how I feel about myself and my recovery journey. Today I want to share some of those mantras with you, and I hope at least one of them strikes a chord with you. If you find one you like, try repeating it to yourself any time your recovery is challenged, or even just when you get up in the morning and go to bed at night. These mantras for recovery are now yours, use them however you need.
Martyna Halas
The year 2021 has now officially kicked off, and many of us have set out to become self-harm-free. However, New Year's resolutions alone won't be enough to get us there. It's crucial to develop a practical self-harm care plan that you can reach out for in the time of crisis.
Laura A. Barton
A Forbes article from 2019 cites that 80% of New Year's Resolutions fail, sharing a number of reasons why that happens.1 When it comes to your mental health goals, can stigma be one of the things derailing your resolutions? We're nearing the end of this first month into the new year, and I know many people will be evaluating how they're doing with their resolutions, so I wanted to take a look at this topic.
Alixzandria Paige
Even though we belong to the same family, not all of my siblings had the same experience growing up -- one of us grew up with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Where I had the luxury of growing up as a focused straight-A student, my brother was not so lucky. When he was diagnosed with ADHD, my family began to understand that he was different.
Meagon Nolasco
When offering help to those we know with mental health concerns we must remember language is important. Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc. (LGBTQIA+) community especially requires attention to language when speaking with them regarding mental health concerns. We can help provide space using LGBTQIA+ inclusive language as well as being mindful of what we ask others. 
Natasha Tracy
I suffer from doctor anxiety. Well, I suppose I suffer from generalized anxiety, but, certainly, some of it belongs to doctors specifically. And this week, I have a great (mis)fortune of meeting two new doctors. Meeting doctors is part of healthcare and part of trying to keep yourself as healthy as possible, so, in that sense, it's a positive thing. On the other hand, the anxiety I feel around doctors is looming large.
George Abitante
How do we cope with anxiety during the transition to a post-COVID-19 world? For people experiencing anxiety, the return to a new normal can be really frightening and difficult. As exciting and positive the transition may be as a whole, returning to typical social, work, or travel routines can bring with it a new set of worries or bring up old ones.
Elizabeth Caudy
I was looking forward to January 6, 2021. That was a day of hope--that was the day Joe Biden would be confirmed as the next president. But something went terribly wrong.
Kim Berkley
One of the hardest things about caring for someone is that when that person hurts, you hurt. It's only natural to want to make the pain go away. But when you love a self-harming partner, things are rarely that simple.

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Elizabeth Caudy
Dear Ray, Thanks for your comment. It made me feel less alone! I am now able to wash my hair once a week. I write about it here: https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/creativeschizophrenia/2020/8/this-schizoaffectives-system-for-washing-her-hair Best, Elizabeth
Jessica Kaley
Thank you, Barb, I'm glad it resonated. We are all works in progress. Thanks for reading and for your comment.
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heyy, last night was my brothers 21st and i got pretty drunk but I was having such a great time. I’m straight but I was dancing with this girl who kissed me and told me she was no but after the kiss I said sorry I’m straight. After that when I danced with other people she got mad at me and left. I didn’t think too much about it but I just woke up and my brother was telling me how we kissed in front of everyone like friends and family were especially aunties and cousins. I really hope they won’t judge me from that and I feel so ashamed. I didn’t even think it was that bad till my brother told me everyone saw it. And I hope i didn’t lead the girl on. I’m not sure what to do.
more shallow than my cuts
that easy, huh?

I held off hurting myself for years but somehow it just boiled over a few days ago and now I've gone and cut up my leg. I don't feel guilt or shame. I'm hiding it because I don't want people to worry, but I don't feel like i can just 'control' my emotions as simply as hugging a teddy.

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