Recovering from Abuse: Was Everything My Fault?

CN: extensive discussion of the dynamics, healing process, and emotional experience of abuse. General discussion of PTSD and trauma responses. This post may encourage trauma processing. Read it at your own pace! I have a large number of friends who have been through at least one kind of abuse and I’ve noticed that if someone has gone through the process of recognizing that something that happened to them was abusive at least once, it becomes …Read More

It Can’t Be That Bad: How the Medical System Let Me Fall Through the Cracks

CN: Explicit descriptions and in depth discussion of chronic pain, abuse, medical neglect, gaslighting, and oppression through poverty. Discussion of sexual assault, trauma, mental and illness. Mention of genitals. There is a disconnect between the experience of a patient and the experience of a medical professional, one that worsens if the patient’s illness is chronic or not easily explained. As more and more stories of medical neglect as a result of marginalization are brought to …Read More

Open Me: How a Kid’s Kind Holiday Gesture Turned My World Upside Down

CN: in-depth discussion of racism including specific examples of macro and microaggressions and of the effects of racism on emotional and mental wellbeing. Mention of Nazis and police brutality. When you publish work submitted by external writers, you wait for the piece that leaps out at you, that you know as soon as you read it that it needs to be read by other people. Clarity’s guest post today looks at how racism is so …Read More

Windows: Snippets from a Mind Struggling with PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression

CN: In depth descriptions of the experience of mental illnesses including PTSD, anxiety, and depression, generally emotionally heavy content, ableism, trauma. I’m clutching a tissue in my hands, the words “I can’t I can’t I can’t” swirling around my head. My best friend has her hand on my knee. She’s carefully offering me solutions to try to get me out of this trap. I say no to every single one. I know it looks like …Read More

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CN: chronic pain, PTSD, doctor neglect, ableism, emetophobia (mention only) When you meet a new doctor, you’re allowed just a few sentences to communicate everything about who you are, where you’ve come from, and which details of your health history are the important ones. In such a limited format, it’s hard for me to convey to a new doctor how long I spent looking out for myself with no close relationship to a primary practitioner. …Read More

Content Notes

CN: mental illness, PTSD At the beginning of most of my posts, I’ll be using a note that starts “CN” followed by a list of certain topics and themes. CN stands for Content Note. Here I’m going to talk about what content notes or content warnings are, why I use them, and why I use them as opposed to trigger warnings. Trigger Warnings You’ve probably heard of trigger warnings, which have gained a lot of …Read More