Why Tough Love Doesn’t Work on Mental Illness 

As a very methodical person, I believe in sifting through the facts to reach a solution. Sometimes, this approach can lead to tough love. While I thought that tough love would help me break free from my anxiety and depression, I’ll tell you right now- it doesn’t work, and it’s not worth the stress of … Continue reading Why Tough Love Doesn’t Work on Mental Illness 

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The Problem with Positivity

The problem with positivity is that it rejects grief-- a valid emotion essential to the healing process. Growing up, I was known as the girl who was always smiling. I remember my fifth-grade volleyball coach saying, “Marell, I don’t think I can ever see you get angry.” I just stood there and smiled, knowing that I … Continue reading The Problem with Positivity

When You Think You’ve lost Yourself Completely, Remember This.

We are typically not our normal selves when coping with a traumatic experience. Sometimes it feels like trauma has taken everything away from you, including your sense of self and character. But contrary to how it feels, you’re still you- you’re just a different version of you right now, and for valid reasons. I made a … Continue reading When You Think You’ve lost Yourself Completely, Remember This.