Being abused completely changes you. My first encounter with domestic violence was with my ex, E.W. There were several red flags in the beginning that I only realized were red flags once the relationship ended and I spoke with someone from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. I still remember the first time he hit me. […]Read More Journal Entry – Experiencing Domestic Violence Changes You
The first time I engaged in self-harm, I was 11. I was severely bullied at school and lived in a toxic and dysfunctional household. I don’t remember how I learned about self-injurious behavior, I just remember deciding to cut myself. I did it once. Then twice. Then again and again. Every time I felt depressed […]Read More Why Do People Self-Harm?
If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, you probably know how crippling it can be. Most people will experience some level of anxiety at some point; however, for those of us living with an anxiety disorder, it can negatively impact our quality of life. Some anxiety can be a normal response to stressful situations, but if […]Read More How to Help Someone With Anxiety
The first time I experienced dissociation I had no idea what was happening or how to explain it. It felt like an out-of-body experience. I’d be doing normal daily tasks and all of a sudden it was like I wasn’t in my body but instead, I was watching myself in a movie. It started a […]Read More What Is Dissociation?
TRIGGER WARNING: Domestic Violence Being in two different relationships where I experienced domestic violence has been traumatizing. It completely changed the way I viewed myself as well as the way I viewed men. The first time I was physically abused, I was 18. I’d been seeing him for a few months and there were so […]Read More PTSD After Domestic Violence