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Dealing with Self-Harm Urges

Some individuals who are dealing with extreme feelings cope by self-harming. Self-harm can bring momentary relief for some individuals, but once the relief has subsided, they are left wanting more. Self-harm urges can be a lot to deal with, especially when someone is in a vulnerable state. Self-harm urges indicate that there are deeper emotionalRead More


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that many people are familiar with. PTSD occurs after a traumatic event. When triggered, individuals with PTSD suddenly find themselves in “fight or flight” mode. “Fight or flight” is a response that occurs when an individual believes there is a threat. Their brain and body immediately goRead More

Practicing Active Listening

Active listening may seem redundant because listening requires your active attention. However, many people who are engaging in a conversation are not practicing the technique of active listening. Active listening requires concentration on what the other person is saying, not just merely hearing what’s being said. Active listening requires your full attention. If you aren’tRead More

Cognitive Distortions You Need to Dispel to Recover

Cognitive distortions try to make us believe things that aren’t true. They are ways our brain tricks us into accepting our negative and irrational thoughts. Cognitive distortions are especially tough to deal with for people with a mental illness. Negative self-talk can turn into a never-ending cycle. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you becomeRead More

How Can I Cope with Stress?

Whether it be the person using or their surrounding family members, everyone struggles with stress. There’s no way to escape it. There are, however, ways to cope with the stressors in your life. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to be the support for you, whether you are the person using or a loved one wanting toRead More

Depression Versus Manic Depression

If you are just coming to terms with your diagnosis (or if you are undiagnosed), it can be difficult to recognize your symptoms. You may be unsure of how your diagnosis really fits you. If you are struggling with depression or manic depression, you may have trouble differentiating between depression and the beginning of mania.Read More

The Many Causes Of Depression

There isn’t a single soul who is immune to depression. It comes when you least expect it, staying for much longer than welcomed. Coming along with depression frequently is anxiety. Sabrina Benaim, a poet, explained this eloquently, in a spoken word poem titled Explaining My Depression To My Mother: A Conversation: “Anxiety is the cousinRead More

Recognizing A Panic Attack

Panic attacks are a scary thing. No panic attack is the same as the last one, which makes it even more difficult. Oftentimes, people who experience panic attacks think that they are having a heart attack because the symptoms are so severe. Usually, however, the panic attack subsides and the person is left looking forRead More

Addiction And Trauma Go Hand In Hand

One major risk factor for developing an addiction is trauma. Self-medicating is common in order to squelch feelings of sadness, anxiety, and guilt. Recovery Research Institute says that “many of these types of symptoms are associated with the heightened stress and inability to regulate emotions after a traumatic experience.” When thinking about treating an individualRead More