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…

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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…

overcoming addiction isn't a straight path

Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost While it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a…

5 Key Components to Look for in Mental Health Programs

5 Key Components to Look for in Mental Health Programs

You or a loved one are faced with the decision to seek help for a mental health diagnosis, mental health disorder or uncertainty in knowing that something does not feel right. Accepting that you or a loved one needs help is a step in the right direction in changing your current trajectory. Finding the right…