Healing From Trauma | What is Complex PTSD?

If you have been reading Endo Strong for a long time, you know that I want to (eventually) attend graduate school for my Master's in Social Work to become a licensed clinical social worker. I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors as a therapist, partly because of my personal experience with complex…

I Don’t Talk to My Dad — Here’s What I Wish People Knew

Author's Note: I normally welcome open dialogue here on Endo Strong, but I have turned off comments for this post. This subject is intensely personal for me and while this post was important for me to write and share, I do not want to open myself up to further trauma at the hands of insensitive…

Healing Your Inner Child + FREE Worksheet!

I like to think that everyone has their sh*t. None of us is immune to the pain that can come with life -- not even children. The problem? Children aren't old enough to fully comprend the hurt, so they internalize it in ways that affect their behavior even as adults. If you experienced what psychologists…

The Perfect Routine for Depression and Anxiety + FREE Printable!

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small portion of any sales made through my blog. Thank you for supporting Endo Strong! Routine is KEY when it comes to recovering from depression and anxiety! Without structure in your day, you allow your depression to let you lay in bed far…

How to Find Purpose When You're Depressed

One of the most debilitating things about having depression is that it robs you of a sense of purpose. I'm the kind of person who needs to be working toward something at all times to feel fulfilled -- yet my depression makes me feel aimless, like I'm wading through an endless swamp with no final…

A Girl’s Guide to Mental Health Medication

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. My information comes from research and my experiences as a patient. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any medications you're considering for your mental health! I was eighteen when I started taking Lexapro for my anxiety. I still take Lexapro today, plus two more medications for my…

Beauty Essentials Every Anxious Girl Needs

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive payment for any items you purchase through my blog. All opinions are still my own. Does putting makeup on make you anxious? Whether it's the number of products lining the shelves at Sephora or the pressure to perfect a smudge-free cat eye, wearing makeup…

Four Steps to Becoming Mentally Strong

Have you ever seen the TED talk on Becoming Mentally Strong? That talk got me thinking about how mentally strong I've become over the past four years of battling my anxiety and depression. If you suffer from mental illness, you're already mentally strong to me. Fighting your demons takes guts. Too many people go without…

Four Ways to Celebrate Mental Health This Valentine’s Day

Happy almost Valentine's Day! This is one of my favorite holidays -- but it's not a happy day for everyone. In fact, 1 in 3 people aren't satisfied with their love life, making a holiday that celebrates love pretty painful. I may be part of the lucky few, but that doesn't mean I don't get…

Seven Things That Helped My Depression

Controversial opinion: I don't think depression is a disease that can be "cured." Instead, I view it as a chronic illness that requires constant management. If you don't stick to your self-care routine, depression can creep back into your life and rear its ugly head again. That's why I'm sharing seven things that improved my…