What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… an Addictive Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is addictive personality. The concept of an addictive personality, although often referred to in pop psychology, is actually less of a thing than you might think. For there to be an addictive personality, that would suggest that there… Continue reading What Is… an Addictive Personality

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

This post is by Sara of Wishing Tree. Purpose Writing helps me access that which I cannot speak. I write in order to release – to free myself of all that entraps me – to give a voice to all of the parts inside of me that cannot make a sound. Writing teaches me to… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health, 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)

Is there a root cause for depression?
Depression

Is There a Root Cause for Depression?

I was recently reading an article that argued that to fully treat depression, one must do the inner work to get to the root cause.  That didn't sit particularly well with me, so I thought I'd write about about whether there's even such a thing as a root cause for depression. The problem with reductionism… Continue reading Is There a Root Cause for Depression?

Just Say No poster with two marijuana joints
Society & Social Justice

The Failure of the War on Drugs

National Library of Medicine If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" that was part of the overall war on drugs.  In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope."  There was also… Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs

Tree diagram showing effects of social inquities
Society & Social Justice

Why Social Determinants of Health Matter

Health.gov Social determinants of health represent those factors which, whether we have control over them or not, can significantly influence both physical and mental health outcomes.  Differences produced by social injustice can (and does) produce systemic health inequities between rich and poor, with a "social gradient" in between. The social determinants of health The Government… Continue reading Why Social Determinants of Health Matter

nature vs nurture building blocks
Science Corner

Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

IMDB I recently learned from a fellow blogger about the Dunedin Study, which explored the issue of nature vs. nurture and turned up some fascinating results.  The study followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in the New Zealand city of Dunedin.  Interviewing and testing with these individuals still continues, and the study… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

Book cover: Shattered by Patricia J Grace
Book Reviews, Trauma and PTSD

Book review: Shattered

In Shattered: A Memoir, Patricia J Grace tells her story of the lasting impact of childhood sexual abuse.  This abuse occurred at the hands of multiple brothers, as well as others, after the death of her father.  While her mother was aware of the abuse, she did not intervene to try to stop it.  Disturbingly, when… Continue reading Book review: Shattered

adverse childhood experiences pyramid
Trauma and PTSD

Childhood Trauma and the ACEs Study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study was a landmark research trial conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  The study examined the correlation between adverse experiences in childhood and health outcomes in adulthood, and it clearly showed just how profound that connection is. The ACEs study participants were asked to report… Continue reading Childhood Trauma and the ACEs Study

book cover: Untangled by Alexis Rose
Book Reviews, Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: Untangled

In Untangled: A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph, Alexis Rose offers raw, forthright descriptions of the repeated abuse she experienced in childhood and into adulthood.  I would caution anyone who has experienced abuse themselves to carefully evaluate whether they are far enough along in their own healing to feel safe while reading this kind… Continue reading Book Review: Untangled