A blurry painting of a woman changing in what appears to be a locker room.

Reading Time: 8 minutes Working Together in Understanding the Inner You It’s quite something if you don’t want to nourish yourself anymore, if you deprive yourself from your daily needs. When you feel the inevitable need to control yourself in such extreme ways, if you starve yourself, something must be haunting you so deeply that you aren’t able to […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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A colorful but not bright drawing of a multilayered heart.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you have a strong drive to make others—family, co-workers, friends—feel better (helper syndrome)? Are you so used to taking care of others—putting their needs first, making them comfortable, ignoring yourself in the process—that you don’t even notice when someone offers to support you? Do compliments pass you by—you hear the words but just don’t […]

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