Child Abuse Survivors

By Mike McBride | Created for abuse survivors by a fellow survivor.

9 YA Books About Mental Health Hitting Shelves In 2017

1 'History Is All You Left Me' by Adam Silvera<p>Adam Silvera's sophomore release follows Griffin, a teen who is not only dealing with Obsessive …

Mental Health

Link - Child victims of violent and sexual crimes 'not being taken seriously'

We still don’t want to acknowledge what is happening. We’d rather pretend that these stories of horrific abuse are made up, or a child’s imagination. …

Rotherham

Link - Understanding Recidivism Through Child Abuse and Mental Health

This makes sense. We know that child abuse increases the likelihood of not only mental health issues in adulthood, but also a lack of social skills …

Mental Health

Healing from Trauma: ‘Comfort & Distract’ | World of Psychology

I was invited into my old IOP group today as a kind of “guest speaker.” If *I* can get better, then anyone can. Seriously. I have carried diagnoses …

Mental Health

Link - The Benefits of Laughter

Laugh a little, and since we know that social media companies are designing themselves to show you more of what you already think, watch a few more …

Wellness

Link - Children of alcoholic parents calling helpline to hear bedtime stories

First off, this is incredibly sad. There’s no other way to react to this story.<p>Secondly, this also illustrates just what a problem the world …

NICE advice to look for 'soft' signs of child abuse

BBC News education and family reporter<p><b>Teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals should look for "soft" signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidelines suggest.</b><p>Signs may include excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, recurrent nightmares or …

Link - 'Hit by freezing water': People describe exactly what their mental illness feels like

“In attempt to melt away confusion and shame surrounding mental illness, we asked people to describe what their condition feels like in a way that …

Link - What Failed to Happen For You as a Child?

Emotional neglect happens, and the damage it causes can be similar to being abused, in that a child will fail to develop a sense of themselves and …

Guest Post: Why You Should Write About Surviving Abuse by Kelly Wilson

<i>Today my colleague Kelly Wilson joins us to explain why survivors should tell their stories.</i><p>Our stories matter. It’s important for survivors of abuse …

Social Media and Mental Health - How the Stories You Read Are Impacting Your Perception

Over the weekend, I wrote a lengthy piece over on my professional site about how social media, and regular media, are designed to capture, and keep, …

Mental Health

Link - Top 10 Misguided Perceptions of Therapy

This is something I’ve seen many struggle with. They give up on therapy because it isn’t what they expected, but their expectations were not matched …

Link - Advice for Men With Depression

A great quote.<p>“Trust in your ability to recover and be relentless in your efforts towards reaching it. Depression isn’t something you can outthink or …

Link - Mental Health Stigma Affects Your Loved Ones by Association

Have you been a target of stigma because of someone you love’s mental health issues? I can see where this would happen quite frequently, with people …

Mental Health

Link - Nurse Mandy Stevens LinkedIn Post About Being a Mental Health Patient

There is some absolute truth in this statement-<p>““Mental illness will affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetime and I guess now it’s my turn,” Stevens, …

Link - Is Dissociation a Dysfunction or a Positive Coping Skill?

What do you think?<p>“Dissociative disorders are described as having dissociation as a dysfunction that impairs living life in some way. But is that …

Psychology

A Dozen Ways You Can Support Someone in Recovery

If you’re a friend or a family member of someone in recovery from mental illness or addiction, a common question you may ask is, <i>“What should I do to</i> …

Link - Would Confidentiality Be an Issue If You Saw Your Podiatrist in Public?

Edie shares this experience with a new client. Now, there are legal reasons a therapist cannot acknowledge a patient in public, but I’ve seen some …

Mental Health

Link - As mental health crises soar, colleges can't meet student needs

To be fair, as the article does point out, college programs don’t have the resources. Neither do programs for adults, programs for children, etc.<p>We …

Link - Fixing fentanyl means treating trauma that creates addicts

I’ve written about this myself in recent months, because of a number of people I personally know, or know of, who are dealing with addiction because …

Addiction

Link - Predatory Portals: Need and Trust

This article is not directly about child abuse. But it does, absolutely, deal with an area that I’ve talked about many, many times. Predators are …

Dealing with Stress - Everyone's Different

Recently, I’ve seen a number of different articles with suggestions on how to deal with anxiety and stress, and how much of an impact that can have …

Link - Kindness is nice, but here's what people with mental health issues really need from you

Mark Brown raises something that someone was just pointing out to me on Twitter earlier this week. Yes, it’s important that people who need help know …

Mental Health

Link - Fighting Depression With Hobbies Like Photography

Many of you already know that I love photography, so clearly when I saw a link to this article, I was immediately intrigued. There’s much to agree …

North Devon sexual abuse survivor succeeds with 'dream' service

This North Devon woman has created a safe space for sexual abuse survivors to fix their "chaotic" lifestyle through an innovative counselling service.<p>…

Devon

Link - PODCAST: Mental Illness: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

I’ve linked to a number of recent articles about whether it’s appropriate to disclose a mental health struggle or not, and to whom. This podcast …

Mental Disorders

Link - Research Again Finds That Talk Therapy Can Change The Brain

In short, treatment can help, there is hope for you. You are not broken beyond repair.<p>“People who had received CBT showed structural changes in their …

The Brain

Link - Childhood Sexual Abuse: ‘Preparation and Response’ Instead of ‘Prevention’

Liz Briggs thinks the way we approach child sexual abuse is broken. I tend to agree, to a degree. Yes, it’s important that we have children who …

Child Abuse

Link - Should I Tell Others About My Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis?

I recently wrote about sharing your mental health issues online, by liking pages, or sharing posts, etc. I also mentioned that there may be some real …

Bipolar Disorder