Passively Suicidal

Passive suicidal ideation is when someone thinks about or wishes for death without actually planning to end their life. Passive suicidal ideation is distinctly different from active suicidal ideation. Active suicidal ideation is when you think about specific ways in which to end your own life. Put simply, active suicidal ideation involves a plan to harm yourself, whereas passive suicidal ideationContinue reading “Passively Suicidal”

What is it like to survive a suicide attempt?

Survivors tell us what went through their minds in what they expected to be their final moments — and what it’s like to return to a life they tried to end. “I thought that my kids would be better off without me.” THE FIRST TIME Nancy Nettles tried to kill herself was on her 31st birthday.Continue reading “What is it like to survive a suicide attempt?”

Hurt People Hurt People

When people get hurt in relationship and do not receive healing from the wounds, they have a logical and defensible tendency to become protective against more pain. A wound that does not receive attention remains sensitive; a person becomes wary of being relationally “cut” again. The younger one is when unattended hurt begins, the moreContinue reading “Hurt People Hurt People”

4 Ways Unresolved Trauma Is Showing Up in Your Morning Routine, According to a Trauma Specialist

Trauma can show up in our lives in many different ways, such as tension in the hips or other parts of the body or increased motivation (aka trauma drive). It can also appear in our morning routine as various behaviors and patterns that can be connected to unresolved trauma, even if we don’t realize it. While trauma canContinue reading “4 Ways Unresolved Trauma Is Showing Up in Your Morning Routine, According to a Trauma Specialist”

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Mental Health

More than one-third of Americans are not getting enough sleep. That’s a lot of people walking around with well-known symptoms like “brain fog,” moodiness, and the general inability to think straight and remember information. It’s not an exaggeration to say our lack of sleep is becoming a public health crisis. Sleep deprivation is also a majorContinue reading “Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Mental Health”

Stuck in Grief After a Death

In each of our lifetimes, almost everyone will experience loss. It’s part of the human experience that’s inescapable for most. We don’t just experience grief following the death of a loved one. It can show up in other ways, such as losing a career, a ruined friendship, or even financial loss. The way we experienceContinue reading “Stuck in Grief After a Death”

Coping With Loneliness

You might arrive at the obvious solution first: You just need to get out more often and make more friends. True, these steps certainly help increase your chances for meaningful connections. But remember: Being alone doesn’t have to result in loneliness.  To address loneliness effectively, you’ll typically need to dig a little deeper to uncover theContinue reading “Coping With Loneliness”

What’s the Name of Your Depression?

My daughter is named after my mother. My dog’s name is Dog. I call my depression “My Black Hole.” I am not the only one who has given illness a name. Winston Churchill called his depression his “Black Dog.” I have a friend who calls her depression “The Cave.” Apparently it is common and actuallyContinue reading “What’s the Name of Your Depression?”

Intrusive Thoughts: Why We Have Them and How to Stop Them

Intrusive thoughts are unexpected images or thoughts that seem to pop into your head. They’re often strange or distressing. But these thoughts happen to almost everyone from time to time. What are intrusive thoughts? Intrusive thoughts seem to come out of nowhere. These thoughts and images are unwanted and often unpleasant. The content can sometimesContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts: Why We Have Them and How to Stop Them”

3 Empowering Words to Break Free From a Toxic Relationship

Moving from desperation and self-preservation to an emotionally healthier life. If you are one of the “walking wounded” out there suffering in a toxic relationship, you may feel it is emotionally empty and non-fulfilling. If you’re not sure, these signs may help you clarify your thoughts on whether you’re in such a relationship and howContinue reading “3 Empowering Words to Break Free From a Toxic Relationship”