Love shouldn’t hurt -ever

Sometimes Love Can Be Hard
by Teresia Smith

Teenage romantic relationships are, in a sense, a training ground for adult relationships, providing an opportunity for learning to manage strong emotions, to negotiate conflict, to communicate needs and to respond to other’s needs. Falling in love can be tricky, dealing with all the emotions involved. Nevertheless, through their romantic relationships, adolescents have the potential for a lot of growth as they learn about themselves and other people, gain experience in how to manage their feelings and develop the skills needed for healthy relationships.
Recently, I asked a young lady to share her thoughts on teen romance and relationships. Here is what she shared:

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Addictions and Sexual Assault

by Tersia Smith

Sexual assault affects so many people; however, a majority of sexual assaults are not ever reported to the police. While most perpetrators will not suffer consequences of their actions, survivors can feel their life is held captive by the effects of this trauma, unsure how to break free and return to a normal life. Sexual assault can take a toll on one’s mental health. Depression, flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among survivors. Victims of sexual abuse are three times more likely than the average person to suffer from depression, and six times more likely to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Love shouldn’t hurt- ever

Helping Someone Through Trauma

by Teresia Smith

What is trauma? In simple words, trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. It can be really hard if someone you care about is struggling with the effects of trauma. You might be unsure of what to say or do if someone talks to you about trauma. Let’s talk about how you can help.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Date Rape Drugs and Alcohol

by Tersia Smith

Roofies. Liquid ecstasy. Special K. Date-rape drugs that are odorless, colorless, and tasteless. They can be secretly added to a victim’s drink, leaving them defenseless, confused and susceptible. Stories of victims of these drugs have raised consciousness of the need to be aware of your surroundings when you are out with friends.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Think Positive
by Teresia Smith

Some people naturally find the good in daily life while others only see the bad. Does it really matter which we see? Studies have demonstrated that both can impact your physical and mental health and that being a positive thinker is the better choice.

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