Angela Hartlin
Angela Hartlin is a mental health advocate, Child & Youth Care trained, and author of FOREVER MARKED: A Dermatillomania Diary. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian BFRB Support Network with a goal of raising awareness for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. For more information, please visit

Entries by Angela Hartlin

I Am a Liberal and I Do Not Approve of Lena Dunham's Actions

(26) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:39 AM

This week, allegations have emerged from National News correspondent Kevin Williamson, that Girls actress and creator Lena Dunham sexually abused her sister, Grace, who is six years her junior. The claim is that because Williamson has right-winged views, he is a part of the exploitative media that embellishes...

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10 Ways That Losing a Pet is Worse Than Losing a Human

(48) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:20 PM

If a dog is man's best friend, why is it that society expects us to move on from the death of one so soon? Cats are supposed to have 9 lives but what happens to the people they leave behind when the last one runs out?

The standard set by...

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A Letter to My Suicidal Self

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:55 PM

On this very night eight years ago, I made the decision to try and end the continuous emotional pain I felt daily because no method of relief worked for me. Being alive was an excruciatingly painful task every day because nothing got better and my mind went to dark places...

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Why 'Privilege' Is Condescending and Manipulative

(28) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 2:19 PM


When getting into human rights debates with others, I have heard the re-coined version of the term "privilege" being thrown around in order to recognize hardships in marginalized groups. The term "privilege" used to simply refer to "having an advantage over another" but...

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Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 7:04 PM


Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? Is your life interesting or exciting...

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Please Keep Your Fetal Recommendations to Yourself

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Upon sitting down for my brief five minute bi-weekly bus ride, I noticed one poster in particular above the seats in front of me. While I don't usually pay attention to the rectangular "learn how to read, but first you must read this ad" or "work for this call center...

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The Harm That's Caused by Transparent Messages in Advertising

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 2:54 PM

What we see in magazines and television is universally known to be the results of heavily-used photo editing tools, dramatic makeup and powerful lighting techniques. While this appealing stimulus is not something we can achieve without having deep pockets and a professional team to create optical illusions, we are also...

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Explaining to Your Child Why Santa Gave the Neighbours More Gifts

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 5:42 PM

As a young girl, I always wondered why Santa lavished more presents on a few neighbourhood kids than he did on my sister and I. We were obedient, excelled in school, and rarely came in past our curfew, so why did we only get one stocking instead of the four...

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I'll Be the First to Admit It: I Compulsively Pick My Skin

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:16 PM

I will be the first to admit it -- I compulsively pick my skin. Chances are you pick at your skin too, but please don't tell me about it in a response to learning about my story unless you understand what a confession of "I can't stop picking my skin"...

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