Sad woman living with childhood trauma and codependency and PTSD

Can Childhood Trauma Lead to Codependency and PTSD?

Codependency and PTSD have a sordid relationship, usually trailing back to childhood trauma. There are plenty of stereotypes when it comes to childhood trauma. When you hear a child suffered trauma, what comes to mind? Terrible unsanitary conditions and horrific physical abuse? The truth is, sometimes trauma is the result of a family unable to…

Illustration of man feeling guilt and shame in addiction recovery

Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful. According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory. “Shame is a focus on…

Woman reading her journal for addiction and mental health treatment

Building Confidence in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Treatment Helps Inspire Recovery  Living with a substance use or a mental health disorder often undermines confidence. Addiction or mental health challenges can seem to define you entirely. After all, it seems to touch every area of your life, and you may feel the effects of stigmatization from other people.  Perhaps that stigma has made…

Changing the Way We Talk About Bipolar Disorder

Changing the Way We Talk About Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Bipolar Disorder  Often misunderstood, bipolar disorder can carry a stigma like many other mental health disorders. People who do not understand bipolar disorder can make negative assumptions about it, and these misconceptions can do real damage. They undermine self-esteem. They can discourage someone from coming to terms with their mental health and asking for…

Stigmas in Mental Health Care

Breaking Stigmas in Mental Health Treatment: Say What You Mean

In terms of breaking stigmas in mental health care and how we think about mental health, does what we say matter? Do we actually perpetuate stigmas by participating in conversations where the misinformed or stigmatized language is used? Imagine Joe, who has privately managed bipolar disorder for the past 12 years, having a conversation with…