What I am:
My name is Dana, and I’m a survivor of Narcissistic abuse, a former advocate at a domestic violence shelter, and am currently a psychiatric nurse, blogger, YouTuber, budding writer, hard-core animal lover, avid reader, and Michigan lake “rat” (at least as much as my very limited time allows). I’ve spent close to twenty years now working in various capacities with a wide variety of people with personality/conduct disorders and/or mental illnesses, victims of all forms of abuse, as well as those with other types of health challenges.
My goal is to educate, empower, and inspire people to live their best life. And if they are victims of any form of abuse to go from victim to survivor to “thriver”.
I focus on finding, distributing, and creating information that helps people to understand what they went through, and ideally how to rebuild their lives after it. Pretty much all the info I put out is my opinion on things, so take it for what it’s worth, nothing more, nothing less.
I’ve also come to realize that I need to unapologetically me. I do this in part by being transparent about my experiences and lessons learned with the hopes that you can gain some hope and healing by hearing about what I went through, and seeing my scars so that you know you aren’t alone in all this.
You may or may not agree with the material I have here. You may or may not like me and my approach. And that’s okay.
I encourage you to hold onto what works, and let the rest go.
What I am not:
I may be many things, but I am not a therapist, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or an attorney.
I talk about manipulative, destructive, and dangerous people and their behaviors. Many of these behaviors would be considered to fall within the realm of Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders.
However, my focus isn’t on these personality disorders per se, it’s on the behaviors of highly manipulative, destructive, and/or dangerous people–regardless of what you want to call them (Narcissists, Antisocials, Sociopaths, Psychopaths, assholes, or nut jobs).
I do not diagnose others with any type of mental illness or personality disorders, and I don’t give legal advice.
I also do not consider myself to be an expert on Narcissism or Antisocial Personality Disorder. If anything, I consider myself to be a student of behavior, mindset, motivation, self-help, and life in general.
So with all that said, I sincerely wish you all the health and healing possible on this next chapter in your life.
~ Dana <3