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Hi, I’m Amy Laurel and I’m the poster-girl for overcoming your past, even if it’s traumatic. By no means am I saying I have it all figured out (quite the opposite). That said my type of trauma has left me not just with severe PTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD, but it has also left me with a lifetime of experience working with a wide variety of specialists and an even broader range of coping techniques. Mix that with my deep personal knowledge and I believe what you find is insight into mental health that everyone can benefit from.

I want to help to eliminate the stigma that follows mental illness around, I want to educate those who don’t suffer from it to feel comfortable as an ally to those who do, and I want to help Anyone struggling right now some new resources.

I don’t believe that there is only one right way to do this. So I have my blog that comes out every Monday where I will share from my actual life as someone who was a child sex slave, used in ritual abuse, and tortured for over a decade when I was young. I also do video blogs (Vlogs) because I feel that some conversations are more intimate and need to be done where you can see and hear me.

Lastly, I write YA (Young Adult) fiction, although I’m not yet published.  My stories help me come to terms with my own life events. Such as discovering the mortal and psychological boundaries that come with alcoholism, drugs, runaways, and death in my novel THE TROUBLE WITH GOODBYE. I draw upon my real life experiences and rely on my inner light to pull me through all the darkness.

Thank you for checking out my website. All my social media links are at the top of the page. If you would like to share a guest post from your perspective please hit me up with the CONTACT link. I certainly don’t have all the answers or all the insight. This (mental illness) is a club not a competition. Once you are in everyone else should welcome you with sympathy and compassion. I know it doesn’t always work that way, but everyone is at different stages in their healing journey.