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Sexual Abuse: Why You Can't "Just Get Over It" - Part 3

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthYou are not alone.Healing from sexual abuse and rape requires working with every part of the trauma experience – instinct, emotion, images, and thoughts.Whe

I Just Want To Get Through High School

It’s a difficult job being a teen these days. So much pressure to take tests, get good grades in school, maybe work part-time or participate in sports, maintain a social life, and keep up with social media. The

Healing And Acceptance - How To Let Go Of Suffering

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance” — Nathaniel BrandenThe journey to healing and recovery begins with the inner real

Bipolar Disorder: Grieving The Loss Of The Manic High

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“I don’t want to feel numbed out. I don’t feel like me when I’m on meds.”Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder with really low lows (depression), and really h

4 Steps From DBT That Can Boost Your Self Esteem

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthLow self esteem seems to be almost an epidemic in our society, yet we play the part of feeling strong and acting confident by what I call “putting on the fa

DBT For Trauma And Depression

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthI am passionate about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I use it in my own life and it has made all the difference.  I cope with stressful situations more

Sexual Abuse: Why You Can't "Just Get Over It" - Part 2

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthYou aren’t broken.Trauma and complex PTSD caused by sexual abuse and rape are underdiagnosed and often misdiagnosed as something else. That’s because trauma

Sexual Abuse: Why You Can't "Just Get Over It" - Part 1

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“Just get over it.” It’s one of the worst things someone can say to a survivor of sexual abuse or rape. And yet how many times have you heard those words? T

Trauma Therapy: How Childhood Abuse Shows Up In Adult Life

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthChildhood abuse happened in the past. Unfortunately the effects of abuse don’t stay tucked in the past but rather invade your daily life in ways that you mi

Healing: 5 Steps To Transforming Emotional Pain

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthPeople come to us when emotional pain, for whatever reason, has gotten to a point that it is interfering with daily life and is no longer tolerable. One of

When Emotions Take Over

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthYesterday I was late for a meeting and I got stuck in traffic.  For those of you who live in the Bay Area, you know how frustrating that can be.  I felt lik

Emotional Sensitivity And The Biology Underneath

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthEver wonder why you feel so sensitive? Why even the littlest thing sends you off on an emotional roller coaster? It may have something to do with how you we

7 Common Myths About Depression

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthDepression affects 10% of people in America and about half of all college students report feeling so depressed at some point that they have trouble function

When Does Substance Use Become Substance Ab-Use Part 3 of 3

In the previous two blogs on substance use disorders, we examined the continuum of substance use, what it is, the differences between substance abuse and addiction, and some steps you can take to reduce substan

When Does Substance Use Become Substance Ab-Use? Part 2 of 3

How Much is Too Much?We’ve heard the terms “substance abuse” and “addiction” a lot in the media, especially now in relation to the opioid epidemic, which is sweeping across all parts of the U.S. In a previous b

When Does Substance Use Become Substance Ab-Use? Part 1 of 3

How Much is Too Much?Many of us have used and possibly abused substances for one reason or another at some point in our lives, whether it be alcohol, prescription meds, cigarettes, or food. Maybe you overdid it

They Rescued Each Other

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthRecently, Michael O’Keefe from Consumer Advocates contacted me with an article on service dogs for veterans and asked that we publish it on our blog. I don’

Grief Comes in Waves - 10 Healing Rituals

Aliayh Kirby is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Bay Area Mental Health“Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we c

Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse

Larissa Pasut is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Bay Area Mental Health"Anything that is “wrong” with you began as a survival mechanism in childhood." ~ Dr. Gabor Maté Being sexually abused as a chi

Surviving the Early Days of Divorce

Larissa Pasut is a licensed marital and family therapist at Bay Area Mental Health.  Divorce is a grief process. During divorce you have both tangible losses (things) and intangible losses, such as loss of drea

5 Ways To Manage Bipolar With Lifestyle Changes

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthBipolar disorder is nothing to mess around with.  The highs can feel good but are dangerous.  The lows, well the lows aren’t anything you want to experience

Breaking Sugar Addiction

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthI don’t know of any 12-step groups for sugar addiction, but I wish I did.  My name is Linnea and I am a sugar-aholic.  I’m not making fun of addiction, just

Mental Health Effects of Sexual Abuse

Dr. Natasha Kruger is Clinical Manager at Bay Area Mental HealthAwareness of the prevalence and impact of sexual abuse has recently surged in the media following such events as the #MeToo movement and the testi

Bipolar, Borderline and PTSD: What's The Difference?

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthDiagnosing mental illness is an imperfect science. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) describes bipolar, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and

Top 10 Questions About Therapy and Counselling

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health1. How do I know if I need therapy?We offer free phone consultations to briefly discuss the problems you are experiencing, make an initial recommendation an

Can Pets Help Relieve Depression?

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression,” says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Rese

Only "Yes" Means Yes: Protect Yourself From Sexual Violence

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthSexual assault on school campuses has received a lot of attention in the press lately. That doesn’t mean that the number of rapes is increasing, it means th

Trauma And Addiction: Is It A Never Ending Cycle?

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” — Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s KissAddiction is

When PTSD Affects Relationships

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health60% of adults report experiencing trauma in their childhood (National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, "Childhood trauma an

The Unspoken Illness

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health1 in 4 people have a mental illness, and no one wants to talk about it.If 1 in 4 people have a diagnosis, then it makes sense that just about EVERY SINGLE O

How Is PTSD Affecting Your Relationships?

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health60% of adults report experiencing trauma in their childhood (National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, “Childhood Trauma an

Keeping Up Appearances: Why You Hide What's Really Going On

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“Good morning, how are you?”“Doing great, thanks! And you?”It’s our ritual. Say good morning, reply that everything is great and keep on moving. But is it r

Trauma Therapy: Trauma Survivors Have Symptoms Instead Of Memories

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthTrauma Therapy and Survivor Symptoms“Trauma survivors have symptoms instead of memories”~ Harvey, M. (1990). An ecological view of psychological trauma and

Am I Normal?

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthGuest blog posted on Stigma FightersI spent many years working in public mental health with people who have serious, chronic mental illnesses such as depres

I'm Not Good Enough: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthNo one has a perfect childhood, no one. Even if you had a good childhood, you also had painful experiences that shaped you in adulthood. You tell yourself l

How Art Therapy Can Help People With Bipolar Disorder

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental HealthGuest Blog by Jennifer ScottBipolar disorder affects millions of Americans, yet the many different treatments available work differently for everyone. Wheth

4 Mindfulness Techniques To Help You Manage Anxiety

Linnea Butler is the founder of Bay Area Mental Health“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak ChopraAnxiety s

I Just Want Someone To Love Me

Dr. Natasha Kruger is Clinical Manager at Bay Area Mental HealthNote: This is a composite, not an actual person"Dear Diary,Sometimes I feel so good, like when I saw D. today. Immediately, I felt high, like the