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Mental Health

Self-Harm: What It Means & What Can Help

What is self-harm? Self-harm is a broad term that describes the act of hurting yourself on purpose. It is also known as self-inflicted violence, self-injury, or self-mutilation. Self-harm could include any of the following behaviors: People can also harm themselves by drinking alcohol, smoking or taking drugs (all of which could lead to addiction), eating …

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Using Grounding Technique To Detach From Emotional Pain.

Grounding is a set of simple strategies to detach from emotional pain (e.g., drug cravings, self-harm impulses, anger, sadness). Distraction works by focusing outward on the external world, rather than inward toward the self. You can also think of it as “centering,” “a safe place,” “looking outward,” or healthy detachment.” Why do grounding? When you …

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Addressing Sexual Trauma Can Seem Impossible, But There Is Hope.

Because so many people struggle with the effects of sexual trauma, whether in childhood or adulthood, I thought to put together some tips that victims and survivors can use to beat trauma and stop self-sabotage. It’ll always be a work in progress, so be patient with yourself. There is no substitute for doing the work, …

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Daily Practices To Help You Cope With Depression

There is a range of ways to deal with depression, and often they are best used in conjunction with each other. The primary medical options are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), antidepressant medication, and in some severe cases, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Education and coping strategies are also important when learning to manage your depression. The symptoms …

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Challenging Mental Health Myths and Stereotypes

One of the most discriminatory stereotypes that persist is the incorrect association between mental health problems and violent behavior. People often avoid living or socializing with people with mental health challenges because they assume people with mental health challenges are dangerous and violent. As a result, these individuals often face all sorts of discrimination. Stigma …

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With Coercive Control, the Abuse Is Not Physical but Psychological

UK announced in 2014 that a new domestic abuse offense of “coercive and controlling behavior” was to be introduced, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison – as well as a fine. This was to help victims identify the behavior they are suffering as wrong and encourage them to report it, …

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On Triggers: Automatic Reactions To Touch.

Automatic responses rarely occur in isolation. They are more likely to connect with each other so that the survivor experiences a series of uncontrollable responses that can be very inhibiting, and may precipitate a flashback. For example, a survivor might describe responding to her partner greeting her with a hug by feeling sick (a physical …

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