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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

Why do I get slowed down? – The biology of psychomotor retardation in depression
Mental health

The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

While psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement and thoughts) has long been recognized as a symptom of depression, I think it's probably not on the average person's radar when they think about depression. The biology of psychomotor retardation is also poorly understood. What psychomotor retardation is Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is most often associated with the melancholic… Continue reading The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

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What is... psychology series

What is… Cognitive Remediation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive remediation. Cognitive remediation (CR) aims to improve psychosocial functioning by addressing several areas of neurocognitive functioning, such as attention, working memory, and executive functioning. CR is used mostly in schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury.  It's also… Continue reading What is… Cognitive Remediation

Book reviews

Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

Triumph by Trepanation is a short (47 page) book by Nina Rabinowitz that describes how she was able to find healing from an anxiety disorder. The book begins with her youth in a New Jersey suburb, and the expectation that she follow the standard "New York Jewish Roadmap" of what constituted acceptable life choices.  She… Continue reading Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

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What is... psychology series

What is… Dreaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is dreaming. We all have dreams, whether we remember them or not, but what exactly are they?  The reality is that no one really knows for sure.  There are a few things we do know, though. REM sleep… Continue reading What is… Dreaming

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Mental health, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

The Dopamine Fasting Myth

I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science.  Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern.  My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is something that it isn't. My current rant is about dopamine fasting.  I recently heard about this from… Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Amnesia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is amnesia. Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions.  Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories.  Anterograde memory loss goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term… Continue reading What Is… Amnesia