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Asking for help

With the recent suicides, we are made aware of the importance of reaching out if we are struggling. Yes, that makes sense but that is one of the key struggles most have when they are dealing with a mental illness. The isolation, guilt, and just pure exhaustion from everything makes that very task seem implausible. This is why it is so important to make others aware of your symptoms and what can trigger them. Everyone doesn’t have a strong support system so if you see someone struggling (and you are… Read more Asking for help

Redefining family

“I was diagnosed with dual diagnosis of anxiety and opioid addiction. Both my parents and other family members struggle with drug abuse. They were a trigger for me so for my recovery I had to love them from a distance. I had to find support through my groups and meetings. They are family to me and I’m grateful for them.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!

Coping with reality

It’s interesting the ways we can choose to protect ourselves. For me it was either compulsive behaviors to manage it or dissociative episode to escape it. Both are distractions to handle the intrusive thoughts, but aren’t helpful for the long term. I used to binge to deal with stress, purge to release the guilt, and then compulsively exercise or restrict to avoid binge eating again. I used to get depressed, start to sleep more, have feelings of disconnection, and memory lapses to subconsciously not deal with reality. They were all… Read more Coping with reality

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