Medications that can help with nightmares: cartoon of scared person in bed
Trauma and PTSD

Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Anyone can have nightmares, but up to 80% of people with PTSD experience nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD. The idea for this came from an article that SkinnyHobbit shared about the treatment of nightmares, which is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2018. What can worsen nightmares Some… Continue reading Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Trigger warnings: overused or helpful?
Trauma and PTSD

Are Trigger Warnings Useful?

I saw the topic of trigger warnings circulating in the blogosphere recently, and I thought I'd chime in with my own thoughts. In a very general sense, a trigger is one thing causing another to occur. What's particular to people with a past trauma history is that what's being triggered is re-experiencing. That means re-experiencing… Continue reading Are Trigger Warnings Useful?

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Trauma and PTSD

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

A few years ago I was thinking about applying for a nursing job with a sexual assault support team, so I decided to learn more about the body's biological fight/flight/freeze response to trauma. What I found out was really interesting, so I thought I'd share. The amygdala's response The amygdala is a primitive part of the… Continue reading The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

students in the SKIDS documentary
Trauma and PTSD

SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System

https://youtu.be/foeMt0Oeoi4 I recently heard about the documentary SKIDS from Hanna of The Bullsh*t Positivity Project. It focuses on kids attending Vanguard Secondary in Langley, B.C., Canada, which is not far from where I live. Vanguard Secondary is an alternative school that takes a trauma-informed approach, recognizing that trauma is at the root of the significant… Continue reading SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System

Book cover: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
MH@H Book Reviews, Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is perhaps one of the best-known books about trauma, and in particular early life trauma. It's been on my to-be-read list for quite a while, and I've finally managed to get around to it. This is a hefty book. The digital version that I was… Continue reading Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

This post is by Shanon of Surviving Childhood Trauma. A Childhood of Abuse, an Adulthood of PTSD I always struggle with how to begin my story, what parts to share and how exactly to word it. My abuses were so severe, my trauma so impactful that my memories are broken and there is no sense… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

This post is by JH of Writing Through PTSD. Wikimedia Commons How Trauma-Focused CBT is Helping Me I completed 12 weeks of group trauma-focused CBT a few months ago, and have been practicing the skills that I learned.  I wanted to write this to keep track of my recovery, and to help others who might… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

MH@H Community Features, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Caitlin (My Lust for Life)

This post is by Caitlin of My Lust for Life. The most traumatised patient I would like to start this off with a disclaimer that I’m not trying to buy into the warped competitiveness that sometimes arises when people talk about their trauma. I’m not trying to ‘outdo’ anyone. Quite the opposite, in fact. I… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Caitlin (My Lust for Life)

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Trauma and PTSD

Guest Post on EMDR Therapy by Johnzelle Anderson

I have a guest blog for you today, from Johnzelle of Panoramic Counseling on the topic of EMDR. Derick Santos from Pexels EMDR Therapy Francine Shapiro is a legend in the mental health community. She made the groundbreaking discovery that launched the EMDR therapy movement in 1987. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.  Shapiro didn’t set out… Continue reading Guest Post on EMDR Therapy by Johnzelle Anderson