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Trauma and PTSD

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

This is an updated version of a post on the fight/flight/freeze response from a couple of years ago. 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… Continue reading The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

students in the SKIDS documentary
Trauma and PTSD, Video reviews

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
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

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Shanon of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

Emerging blogger series, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by JH of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: JH (Writing Through PTSD)

Emerging blogger series, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Caitlin (My Lust for Life)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Caitlin of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Caitlin (My Lust for Life)

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Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Guest post (Johnzelle Anderson) – EMDR Therapy

I have a guest blog for you today, from Johnzelle of Panoramic Counseling. 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 to create a new… Continue reading Guest post (Johnzelle Anderson) – EMDR Therapy

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Sharleen from Tea… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

book cover: Shattered by the Darkness by Gregory Williams
Book reviews, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness

Shattered by the Darkness by Gregory Williams is a heart-wrenching account of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by the author's father over many years. The book contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse, sometimes with multiple abusers.  There's nothing gratuitously graphic in the descriptions; still, readers who've had similar abuse experiences should carefully consider whether they're at… Continue reading Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness

Book cover: Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD by Garry Leech
Book reviews, Trauma and PTSD

Book review: Ghosts Within

Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD is written by former war zone journalist Garry Leech. It covers his journey with post-traumatic stress disorder in response to the horrors his work exposed him to. The book describes some of the traumatic events the author experienced.  This took a few forms: as descriptions of flashbacks, as part of… Continue reading Book review: Ghosts Within