Tag: PTSD

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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Dec 13

Acceptance

Nathaniel Branden once said: “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” What really, really started to derail me was my own mind after my traumatic experience about a month ago. My mind became the ultimate prison, and that’s the hardest prison to break free from. I’ve put off writing this…

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The fear of death is possibly one of the biggest and most common fears we as humans share. What we may not understand, though, is that this fear of death we have often hinders our ability to live a happy, successful life. Think about it: we give fear more power than we give ourselves. We say…

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Over the years, our life experiences shape the way we see things in the world. Our life experiences also change the way we respond to difficult situations. We may find that we’ve picked up a few unhealthy habits that can negatively impact our lives and the state of our mental health. Have you had any…

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This is an old article I wrote that I found hidden away in my blog somewhere. Date: 10/14/15 Our mind is an elaborate maze and our choices influence whether or not we get to the end of that maze. It isn’t easy, though, because as humans, we often find the need to make things more…

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Hallucinations are often brought up in conversations that have to do with serious mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia (and other illnesses that I won’t try naming). Rarely, though, do I see people discussing hallucinations as an extension of the grieving process, so I thought that this would make an interesting article. I’m a huge fan…

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It’s been one week since the death of my abuser, and one day since I discovered the dark reality of how he died. Suicide. This sort of grief is a tricky thing. Should you be furious? Sad? Angry? Relieved? Curious? What if I felt all of those things? What kind of person does that make…

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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Oct 28

The Leap

I regret those times when I’ve chosen the dark side. I’ve wasted enough time not being happy. – Jessica Lange Every writer can point to that one piece of writing that changed everything. For me, it was a piece titled: Safety. What is “Safety” about? Here’s a snippet: “One of the most important things that my current therapist…

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BayArt - New Perspective on Life
Oct 25

Unfinished

We all have that voice in our head that hinders our ability to accomplish our dreams. “I’m just too old now and it’s too late for me.“ “I’m not smart enough.” “Look at other people who do this; I’m nothing like them, I could never accomplish what they did.” “I’m not good looking, and I’m too shy…

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“Among women who experience a sexual assault, 90 percent who experience sexual violence in the immediate aftermath exhibit symptoms of acute stress,” says Dr. Helen Wilson, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise on the effects of trauma. “For many people, these symptoms dissipate over time through social support and coping strategies, and many people totally recover…

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The changing of the seasons is a great opportunity to begin practicing mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose. The busy-ness of life can overwhelm us physically and emotionally, so it is important to create a plan to take care of yourself. My own self-care plan is based on finding small moments in the day to…