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Very informative article on the little known C-PTSD

Originally posted on Heathers Helpers:

I wrote a few articles for a site that offers support to people with personality disorders quite awhile ago. I decided to share the information about C-PTSD in here as well. :)

What is C-PTSD?
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) results from chronic or long-term exposure to emotional trauma over which a victim has little or no control and from which there is little or no hope of escape, such as in cases of:

  • domestic emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • entrapment or kidnapping.
  • slavery or enforced labour.
  • long term imprisonment and torture
  • repeated violations of personal boundaries.
  • exposure to gaslighting or false accusations.
  • long-term taking care of mentally ill or chronically sick family members.
  • long term exposure to crisis conditions.

When someone has been trapped in a situation and had little or no control at any point, they can carry an intense sense…

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An informative article on the little understood borderline personality disorder.

Originally posted on All that I am, all that I ever was...:


by Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash University

Standing in the cold, dark bathroom, she hacked into her wrist with a razor blade and quietly stared at the blood that flowed from the cut. She told herself she was a bad person and deserved the pain.

A part of her felt reassured by the sight of the blood – it showed she was alive – since she felt so dead and empty inside. As she stared at her image in the bathroom mirror, she thought, “I have no idea who that person is staring back at me.”

Such deliberate self-harm is very common in people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. It takes many forms, including intentional overdoses of tablets with excessive alcohol, risky sexual behaviour, as well as physical self-punishment.

Other symptoms of the disorder include identity disturbances, feeling “dead” inside, rage responses or difficulty regulating emotional reactions to situations, mood swings…

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Keep fighting

Jared Padalecki at ComicCon last Sunday

Jared Padalecki at ComicCon last Sunday

If you want to win, the will can never retire – Muhammad Ali

Every day, people living with depression, and other mental illnesses fight battles in their heads. I know because I am counted among them.

We don’t always win, but each new day presents another chance for us to work towards overcoming.

Some of the obstacles we face include stigma, discrimination and a lack of understanding about how real our battles are.

The lack of understanding encompasses so many issues that we are constantly having to raise awareness of: That we face real illnesses, sometimes caused by physical abnormalities or changes in our bodies and minds, or sometimes triggered by trauma and events in our lives; That our illnesses are as real as any other that people get shown compassion for; That it’s not all in our heads and we can’t just whiff them away with positive thinking and meditation (no offense). View full article »

Photo by Sheri

Photo by Sheri

I must confess. I have a love-hate relationship with Summer (please don’t smack me).

After much consideration, I decided to risk writing this. Of course I don’t want to offend all the summer lovers who count down the days to the season.

I feel guilty. But the awful truth is that I suffer in hot temperatures.

Already, I’ve had to stock up on my water retention tablets.

My limbs start swelling. My ring was stuck on my finger some days ago, because my fingers ballooned. Meanwhile, I was compelled to squeeze my puffy feet into my shoes which are now tight (thankfully at least my feet can get into my shoes at the moment- knock wood).  View full article »

Originally posted on Alisha Nurse:

Fresh turmeric Fresh turmeric

Cinnamon, ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory foods that provide great natural pain relief for chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.

I would definitely say they should be included in one’s diet if one battles a behemoth like fibromyalgia.

My family has long used these ingredients to treat a host of symptoms from colds, pain, internal cleanses, digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. For instance, my grandmum would always recommend boiling a generous amount of grated ginger root and bringing to boil for colds or pain filled days. I don’t subscribe to using pre-packaged teas for these purposes as I don’t believe they provide the full benefits of using the ingredients fresh.

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