I don’t think hitting rock bottom happens all at once most of the time. I think it happens gradually. At least it did for me. The better part of my 20s was spent going downhill, in and out of abusive relationships, and slowly learning that I had mental health issues that were out of … Continue reading Hitting Rock Bottom: A Story About Change
From the time in college that I believe pursuing a philosophy minor on top of a nursing and history major, transitioning into an English and creative writing major with a theatre minor (trust me, my college journey baffles me as much as you), I have believed one core fact about any writing: core terms need … Continue reading How Mindfulness Can Reshape Negative Thought Patterns
Time To Change is a U.K. based organization to help end the stigma and discrimination against mental illness. Their web-site provides information and links to help those who want to get involved, whether they've been personally affected by mental illness or not. The web-site provides resources such as pamphlets, booklets, posters, and more to help … Continue reading Time To Change – U.K.
What can we learn about crisis intervention from the Parable of the Good Samaritan?
I never thought I would write this story. It’s something I never wanted to be made public.
It's been a rough week for me. With bad news and bad days consuming me, it felt like all I was doing was fighting to stay strong through it all. Thankfully I've got my family and friends, who I refer to as the most beautiful bunch of souls that I'm very lucky to have. In my … Continue reading How A Family Recovers When A Loved One is Diagnosed
The Guardian recently published an article that stated, "Parents worrying about drug and alcohol abuse by daughters than more prevalent issues such as cyberbullying, self-harming and finding a job." It was such an interesting article, I wanted to share it with you today. The following is the full article. Parents are worrying more about … Continue reading Teenage Girls’ Mental Health Overlooked By Parents
For the month of May, Defying Shadows will be joining the Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing a post daily on a different type of Mental Illness or “Shadow” that people commonly struggle with. Join us in creating awareness and working to end the stigma that goes with these topics! Today we have Melanie sharing … Continue reading #MentalHealthMonth | Repost: Confessions of a Former Cutter
I never thought I would write this story. It’s something I never wanted to be made public. But I’ve recently been thinking about my journey and decided it’s time to confess to something I no longer do. I am a former cutter. I used to self-mutilate. (As I type this, my chest tightens with tension … Continue reading Confessions of Former Cutter
The following are the top 15 most popular posts published here on Defying Shadows. Let's recap shall we? 15. I'm Fine! We've all seen the meme's on Facebook and Pinterest, the ones that say that if a Woman says she's fine, she is anything but that. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it is not, … Continue reading Our Top 15 Posts!