Abandoned: trigger warning

“Abandonment!” He exclaimed in the middle of our safety planning. “That’s your trigger! Whenever you feel abandoned or alone, you start to panic, start to relive the trauma, start to become suicidal.” Which makes sense when you know how the story ended. They say that speaking your truth allows for healing, that giving words to […]

How to stop relying on the approval of others.

I’ll admit that this is something I’m still working on so this might be more for me than for you. I sent her a text the other day, freaking out because I was spiraling. I accidentally texted someone on their day off, and I was convinced they now hated me. She simply replied: “Why does […]

Practical tips for living on your own for the first time

Don’t check yourself into the psych ward if you still have dirty dishes in the sink. You’ll come back 48 hours later with a crusty layer of dried chicken on your hand-me-down plate. But by then, it won’t be your mess to deal with; your sister has volunteered to do the dishes. Do your dishes […]

How does one put themselves first anyway?

“Do you have any tattoos?” was not a question I expected to be asked in the Psych ER. But there I was–curled up on what Plato would refer to as a couch that’s not ideal, with one of my friends next to me–so unprepared for the question that followed: “Do you have a boyfriend? Because […]