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I shrugged off the red flags waving in my face, and I did what I could to hide the fact that I wasn’t as stable as everyone thought. Image: Thinkstock.

I Convinced Myself I Wasn't Sick — Until I Wound Up In A Psychiatric Hospital

What could trigger an episode? My life was perfect now. I took my meds (most of the time, anyway). I was a mental health advocate for a living, for Read...
Sam Dylan Finch    |   04.13.16   |   SHARE
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I was just a naïve kid who didn't understand what was happening.

I Was Sexually Abused By A Teacher — And I'm Still Paying For It. Literally.

I feel I got the short end of the stick because of emotional and financial costs I am still paying for what he did — the grooming, the mind games, Read...
Renee Fabian    |   04.11.16   |   SHARE
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My abortion helped me turn my life around.

My Abortion Was The Turning Point In My Life

The gynecologist said, “Congratulations!” He sent me home with some vitamin B pills, assuming that of COURSE I was going to carry this baby to term. Read...
Kelly Fitzgerald    |   04.11.16   |   SHARE
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Insomnia is an odd affliction, ephemeral, absurd. Like a knock-knock joke that slowly kills you.

Wide Awake: 7 Things I've Learned From My Insomnia

I have been robbed of my dreams for more than 15 years by insomnia, an unpredictable bully playing tricks with my mind and body like a dog with its Read...
Jeanne Joe Perrone    |   04.11.16   |   SHARE
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You can stay sober without AA — at least, I've been able to.

4 Ways I Stay Sober Without AA

Without a doubt, going to AA meetings saved my life. But after six years of devoted participation, my attendance dwindled until, about a year ago, I Read...
Melissa Petro    |   04.8.16   |   SHARE
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The reality is that no one deserves to do this alone.

Listen: I Don't Care If You're A Burden. If You Need Help, Ask For It.

I used to be the one that pushed everyone away out of fear that I was too demanding or too toxic or “too much.” But I’m finally at a place in my life Read...
Sam Dylan Finch    |   04.8.16   |   SHARE
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I watch, fearfully, sadly, and angrily as evidence of everything she said my father did to her slowly reveals itself to me.

'It's All In Your Head': Intimate Partner Violence And Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

My father was an abusive man, plain and simple. That wasn’t all he was, but to my mother, that's who he was. He was a controlling individual who Read...
Adiba Nelson    |   04.7.16   |   SHARE
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We want to stuff it down, pretend everything is fine, and just NOT GO THERE.

How To Stop Numbing Your Emotions — And Start Feeling Them

But here is the secret I've learned from years of misery and failure: Food IS naturally comforting to us. And that is perfectly fine. Food, TV, Read...
Caroline Dooner    |   04.7.16   |   SHARE