Child Abuse Survivors

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

Link - Speak the Evil

Like evil, mental health issues only get stronger in silence. I very much agree with Matthew here, regardless of how awkward the conversation may be, …

Mental Health

Link - 3 Reasons Why Family Ignores Abuse

I thought the reasons laid out in this article were interesting, not exhaustive by any means but an interesting way of looking at what happens in …

Survivor

You Don't Expose Truth By Spreading Lies

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the survivor community recently, and finally decided to say something about it after a recent post on Facebook …

Censorship

Link - What it's really like to see a psychiatrist for your mental health

I don’t think we can promise that your first visit will be as good as the one described in this story, but I like that it tries to give a more …

Mental Health

Intention and How Social Media Robs Us Of It

I wrote about this video on my tech blog earlier this week, because websites, social networks and pretty much everything on the internet is in …

Child Abuse

Link - Talking About Mental Health Should Start Early

Yes it should, I don’t know how many studies we need, or why we even need studies to show us, that getting to a mental health condition early is …

Mental Disorders

Link - The Adulting School Is Here to Help You Grow up Without Embarrassing Yourself

OK, stop rolling your eyes and think about this for a minute.<p>Yes, this seems kind of funny, but as much as I’ve talked about how having an abusive …

NPR

Wear and Tear

I travel quite often, for work and pleasure. I take photos, I share them. I hope you find them interesting!

Link - The Smartphone Psychiatrist

Can a smartphone, which already knows so much about us, be used to monitor the mental health status of patients? This sounds far-fetched, but as I …

Mental Health

Link - The Trauma of Children of Addicts and Alcoholics

Growing up with an addict in the house, whether in ab abusive situation or not, leads to learning a lot of things as a child that are not good for us …

Substance Abuse

Link - How Depression Affects Your Brain

To anyone who’s had depression, you know this too well. For those of you who’ve never dealt with depression yourself and can’t figure out why the …

Depression

Link - Lessons We Missed as Kids: Practicing Mental Health

I’ve written many times about how abused children spend so much of our childhood simply trying to survive, that we miss out learning things that we …

Health

Link - Stigma and Sharing About Mental Health Online

Mental Health

Link - Uplifting letters from those who have battled depression to fellow sufferers tell them 'that it can and does get better'

This is a pretty cool idea, because as I’ve said many times, someone with depression needs to know that they are not the only one who has ever been …

Depression

Link - The Conflicting Emotions of an Abused Child

This is something we have to understand if we are to ever grasp why it is so difficult for children to tell, and why it is so difficult when we react …

Emotions

A Young Survivor Speaks

One of the reasons we made this move to Louisiana was to have the ability to see family on a routine basis, something that was difficult when you …

Empathy

Link - PTSD as Someone Who Experienced Childhood Abuse

When you grow up in an abusive situation, your mind learns things that are very hard to unlearn. Yes, it’s a form of PTSD, and it can throw you for a …

Health

Link - Last night's Panorama on antidepressants was propaganda, not journalism

Not living in the UK, I haven’t seen this program, but I’ve seen a few people with similar reactions, and if this is what the BBC did, it’s dangerous.<p>…

Antidepressants

Reviews Elsewhere - The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook

The folks over at Psych Central have another book review up that I think might be of interest to abuse survivors, many of whom may see a bit of …

Health

Link - How to Find the Right Therapist

“Searching for the right therapist is sort of like dating.”<p>This is somewhat true. I’ve talked to a lot of survivors who gave up on the idea of …

Relationships

Link - Dealing with Depression Triggers in Blog Posts

Like Natasha, I rarely ever use “trigger warnings” on this site. That’s because, frankly, it’s a site about surviving child abuse and mental illness. …

Emotions

You Survived - "That's Enough" - How a Line from Dunkirk Speaks to Abuse Survivors

This past weekend, the wife and I went to see the new <i>Dunkirk</i> movie by Christopher Nolan. I’m not going to write a movie review, nor will there be any …

Link - Friends can be Key in Coping with Mental Health Challenges

Yes, you can help people recover, just by being a good friend.<p>“In a study published in Psychiatry Research in May 2017 researchers followed a group …

Another Survivor Voice Silenced - Chester Bennington

I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never been a Linkin Park fan. I’m not really familiar with their music at all. They came along at a time in my life …

Chester Bennington

Link - Civil War | In Others' Words...

This is something I wish we could understand about child abuse survivors:<p>I am finally forgiving myself for the things that I did to survive. Those …

Link - Mental Illness Is Far More Common Than We Knew - Scientific American Blog Network

Well this really changes things. What if I told you that “normal” actually is dealing with a mental health problem at some point in your life?<p>“New …

USA Gymnastics names safe sport director amid abuse scandal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is turning to a longtime children's rights advocate and a former prosecutor to help address issues that have plagued the organization amid a sexual abuse scandal that has shaken one of the U.S. Olympic movement's marquee programs.<p>Toby Stark, who spent the last …

Gymnastics

Link - Lets be honest about healing

Unfortunately, I think too many survivors seem to think this way:<p>You will hear many phrases about healing. ‘When I heal’ etc. The idea of this is to …

Link - Depression Affects Male and Female Brains Differently

This is not surprising –<p>“New findings suggest that adolescent girls and boys might experience depression differently and that sex-specific treatments …