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Using Tarot To Work Through Trauma

It was the night before my father’s funeral that I finally asked the tarot for help.

It was the night before my father’s funeral that I finally asked the tarot for help. I was incapable of imagining a future where I delivered his eulogy.

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Stop Beating Yourself Up — You're Doing Your Best

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The facade of control I’d spent so much energy maintaining was ripped from me. I am doing my best, and that’s good enough for me.

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Animal Companionship Is As Essential For My Mental Health As Human Connection

I try to imagine weathering the storm of my father’s death without these animals by my side, and the thought alone nearly capsizes me.

In what’s been the most difficult year of my life, animal companionship has been as essential to my mental wellbeing as the time spent with my family.

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My Dad Died — Here Are 3 Things You SHOULDN'T Do To Help Me

If you’re hoping to comfort someone who’s grieving, here are a couple of things you shouldn’t do.

My dad died. I only know my own grief, and even that is debatable. If you’re hoping to comfort someone who’s grieving, here are a couple of things to know.

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I'm Mentally Ill — And I Will NOT Be Your Mass Shooting Scapegoat 

Mentally ill people are not separate from us — they are part of us.

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3 Tips For Eating Well When You're Really F*cking Depressed

In the midst of struggling with being depressed, you’re also saddled with the practical realities of staying alive. It’s no easy feat.

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How Do You Ever Heal When Life Keeps Punching You In The Face?

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Healing is hard work. It will be hard today, tomorrow, next week, next month, 3 years from now.

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Should You Really Fake It Till You Make It?

Sometimes faking it can feel like yet another shame-based attempt to conceal my mental illness.

More than any other unsolicited mental health advice I’ve received over the course of my life is the admonishment to “fake it till you make it.”

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Turtles All The Way Down & Mental Illness Representation In Books

An obsessive spiral is largely invisible, with no quirky Monk-like hand washing to ground it in reality. The hand washing stuff — the compulsion — comes later.

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This Is What It's Like To Have A Panic Attack Every Day

For a long time, I kept a mental list of things that I’d do once I was “better.” I yearned for a sound mind and a thin body — two things I was not born with but figured I could somehow earn. Once I had those two things, I could do anything I wanted.

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