Dear Pathological Narcissist

Dear Pathological Narcissist,

It is not my job to make you feel good
about abusing me.

Therefore:

I will not pretend you don’t lie.

I will not pretend you’re moral.

I will not pretend you’re just joking.

I will not pretend you love me.

I will not pretend it’s OK for you
to destroy me.

Breaking the Stigma

Meet Free to Be V

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Free to Be V

Growing up, society taught me that I should not disclose that I am an alcoholic or an addict; that my addiction is something I should be ashamed of. I heard this message every time someone described someone’s behavior to be that of a “crackhead,” every time someone talked about what a “drunk” someone was or called someone a “junkie,” and every time politicians on TV talked about the War on Drugs and promised every addict would be locked away in prisons for life.

I believed in this stigma for most of my life. I thought, as many people still do, that alcoholics were homeless people, living under bridges with nothing but a bottle in a paper bag. That drug addicts were criminals who only knew how to lie, cheat and steal. That is until I became one myself…

It’s because of this stigma that I refused to acknowledge I was…

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The Keys to Getting Well Again

from When Women Inspire

When Women Inspire

It happens to us all, we get sick, it’s part of the human condition that is ever in a state of flux. No, we don’t tend to like it too much, and, of course, we don’t have to surrender to always be this way. In fact, for many of us, a guiding force is getting well again. But there are some important things to remember when we are on our journey to recovery. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Focus on what is and not what used to be

A major problem for folks that are in recovery whether it’s from physical illness or a mental issue is that they look at their situation and focus on how they use to be. This is of course very understandable.

Getting ill or having an accident can be quite a shock to the system and it can play havoc with…

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Am I Still a Mental Health Blogger?

from Kitt O’Malley

Kitt O'Malley

Self, Wife, Mother, Caregiver, Writer, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate

What defines being a blogger, specifically a mental health blogger? Must I write regularly or frequently? Must I always write about mental health? What if that is not my focus ALL the time? What if I’m so busy that living with bipolar disorder is not in the forefront of my mind? What if I’m overwhelmed by my life circumstances? What if I’m simply taking a break?

I’m not the most disciplined writer. Never been one for discipline; though, I do brush and floss my teeth every night. My house is a mess – dusty and cluttered. I bathe or shower (I prefer to bathe) at least once a week. (You are probably disgusted by this admission. I try not to move too much, so I don’t sweat and get stinky. Yes, I know I should exercise daily. And, eat better. Just because I know better, doesn’t mean I do better.)

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