When I explain my PTSD to people who don't have much knowledge about the disorder, I like to describe my brain as being "stuck in survival mode." It's the easiest way to describe how I feel to people who don't have PTSD because everyone understands what "survival mode" means.
The symptoms of my sexual assault cropped up in unexpected ways, years after the traumatic event. As I slowly came to terms with what happened to me, these symptoms began to interfere with my romantic relationships in a variety of ways, both subtle and overt. I tried to navigate these symptoms and the further I strived to avoid them, the further they popped up unexpectedly and uninvited. Over the years, I have discovered that there are several things that my partner and I can do to help ease my mind and work towards understanding the aftermath of my assault.
I recently read a book on being more effective in which the author discusses the utility of daily visualization. Daily visualization might make us think of guided visualizations or meditation, but this particular method is distinct from that. 
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about her relative who has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She was worried for her relative because they told her that part of their OCD involved worrying that they were gay. Until then, she'd never heard that rumination about your own sexuality can be an OCD symptom and felt like her relative was probably just part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
It's important to know how to reduce anxiety fast because sometimes it feels like your anxiety builds up too quickly to do anything about it. Like you were feeling ok one minute and then suddenly felt extremely anxious? This is a common experience, and it often starts with something going just a little bit different than we might like.
There are many ways to show that you love someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Giving a gift is one very important method. Read this article to learn about the importance of gifts and how to find one for someone who is struggling.
Self-acceptance isn't easy when you live with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD makes it easy to continually beat yourself up when you have challenging moments and struggles. This just leads to getting stuck in a trap of self-defeat that falsely makes you believe there is no hope for overcoming PTSD. One of the essential things needed for you not to find yourself stuck, however, is self-acceptance.
My name is Amanda Richardson and I am a new author for "Debunking Addiction" at HealthyPlace. For as long as I can remember, addiction has been a part of my life. Addiction and substance abuse have occurred in my family for at least the last five generations, so I was no stranger to it when it first took hold of my life. Read on to learn more about my experiences with addiction and why I want to write for "Debunking Addiction."
Overcoming anxiety is a lot like learning how to tie shoelaces. Both are frustrating. Both require patience and perseverance. Accomplishing them feels triumphant. Once you've largely overcome anxiety, put on your shoes and tied your shoelaces, you're ready to go places. Grab your shoes, and let's look at how overcoming anxiety is like learning how to tie your shoes.
So here’s the thing: I am an entrepreneur for the usual reasons, like passion and flexibility. But I am also an entrepreneur because I struggle to hold down a full-time job. Yes, you read that right. I am an entrepreneur because I cannot work full-time. And the reason I cannot work full-time is because I have major depression. Let me explain.

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Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
Hello, and thank you for reaching out. First, I would like to extend my support and encouragement to both you and your daughter. As an eating disorder survivor, who struggled well into my 20s, my heart goes out to your whole family in the midst of this ordeal. In response to your question, this truly is a case-by-case situation. You know your daughter's behavior, so ask yourself, "Would eliminating the trigger food from the house entirely cause more secrecy, anger, deception, or shame on her part? Would it drive her even deeper into the eating disorder and push her to take more extreme measures when she feels the urge to binge? Or would it give her a measure of relief that she doesn't always have to stare directly into the face of temptation whenever she opens the fridge?" I would also recommend consulting a the opinion of a professional, such as a therapist or dietician, who specializes in eating disorders and who can offer advice based on grounded clinical experience. In this meantime, if you need additional resources, our HealthyPlace Eating Disorders Community ( is an excellent starting point. I hope this offers you some direction, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything else.
Tonya House
The only thing in life that we all know that will happen some day is that we will pass away. It is sad when that happens at the hands of the one we love. Cope and get out and get away.
What you wrote helped me. Thanks.
George Abitante
Hi June,

I'm sorry to hear about how much you're dealing with right now. Your doctor can provide valuable help to you, so do your best to schedule a time in the near future to meet with them. They will be able to provide support and resources that will really help you. All the best,

Yeah I’ve been dealing with this for weeks now & it’s causing me a lot of anxiety... it’s almost like I have a radio playing in my head.

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