trauma

Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist.

Re-parenting Myself As I Parent My Kids

Eventually, I had to admit that the past I wanted to have — the mother I wished for so desperately — didn’t exist. I am re-parenting myself as I Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   09.12.18   |   SHARE
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Ask Erin: Should I Accept My Friend's Apology For Sexually Assaulting Me?

I don't know if I should continue the friendship and accept my friend's apology for sexually assaulting me. I am still getting flashbacks and Read...
Erin Khar   |   06.13.18   |   SHARE
Ask Erin
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Take The Cake: Cleaning My Closet Taught Me 3 Things About Fat Girl Scarcity

Fat Girl Scarcity — the sense that we are not enough or that we don’t have enough — permeates the life of a person in a marginalized body. Read...
Virgie Tovar    |   06.7.18   |   SHARE
Bodies
I have to pack boxes and go through things that remind me of all the lives I’ve lead and throw away things that no longer serve me.

I Didn't Realize Moving Meant Packing Up My Trauma, Too

I cannot fix the fear and anxiety and overwhelming sadness about this upcoming move. The frightening truth is this: the only way out of it is through. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   06.1.18   |   SHARE
Minds
Photo Credit: Myron Yeung

I'm Scared That If I Need You, You'll Leave

I opened the door to my heart and told him not only did I desperately need him, but that I was desperately afraid to need him. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   05.23.18   |   SHARE
Minds
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Take The Cake: Dealing With Multiple Traumas​

Fatphobia is not safely in my rearview mirror. Trying to heal from something as painful as fatphobia (which attacks us to the core!) is a daunting Read...
Virgie Tovar    |   05.3.18   |   SHARE
Bodies
So began the long, toxic love affair between my depression and my addiction.

When Your Addiction And Depression Are In A Codependent Relationship

So began the long, toxic love affair between my depression and my addiction. They battled silently and stealthily for control over my body and mind. Read...
Erin Khar   |   01.23.18   |   SHARE
Minds
World War II veterans suffered acutely at the hands of a society intent on a single conformist vision of life that did not include mental illness. (Image of Pat courtesy of the author.)

When Veterans Come Home: My Grandfather And His Demons

I'm trying to unearth the secrets of my grandfather’s story of when veterans come home. I'm looking at what happened to the men of WW ll. Read...
Julia Ostmann    |   11.7.17   |   SHARE
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