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The breaking was not beautiful

PTSD

The breaking was not beautiful

A brief intro about myself before we get into the nitty gritty of my story. My name is Jessica. I am 37, married...

Jul 1, 2020

10 Keys To My Success (Progress) … So Far

I, like so many first responders, have been burdened, or gifted, depending on your perspective, with PTSD and depression from a career of...

May 27, 2020

For Real This Time

I can only take so much Before I begin to explode Trigger points, panic attacks, And PTSD episodes.   After facing trauma, That involves a serious threat, A person needs to heal, Until a certain threshold is...

Apr 22, 2020

What I call an ‘almost’: My first visit with my psychotherapist

So my first visit with my psychotherapist, how did it go? It was amazing! I was early, very...

Apr 1, 2020

Hostage To My Captor

Stockholm Syndrome -- that condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. I believe I have developed the mental health equivalent with my captor,...

Mar 4, 2020

When the glass house shatters

Back in June I experienced something that I’ve never quite ever experienced before. It resulted in me having to take some unexpected time off...

Jan 8, 2020

Hollow Words That I Live By

Living with PTSD and major depressive disorder, I was shocked to learn, and unfortunately experience on a daily basis, just how numb my...

Dec 18, 2019

My Love/Hate Relationship With Stigma

Stigma. The sound of that very word strikes anger in many of us burdened with mental health challenges. It also, unfortunately, strikes fear in...

Nov 6, 2019

I am proof

Hello my name is Heidi , and I am a mental health advocate. I have dealt with mental health issues most of my life, starting as a teenager. Starting in...

Oct 9, 2019

My PTSD: earned with distinction

The wider world around us is rich with the potential for danger and destruction and like an animal in the wild, I am...

Oct 2, 2019

Men, we have a problem

Men, we have a problem. A deep seeded, long standing practice of remaining silent about our mental health. This “tough guy” facade is killing us. Therefore, we owe it to everyone...

Jun 26, 2019

Man up On Mental Illness: The silence of men

To recognize mental health month in the U.S., I have decided to write about the silence...

May 22, 2019