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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)

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

What Is… the Window of Tolerance

NICABM In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the window of tolerance. Winterdragonflies recently did a post on this topic that got me interested in doing more reading on the topic. The window of tolerance was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel in… Continue reading What Is… the Window of Tolerance

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
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
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)

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

What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is intergenerational trauma. Trauma that occurs at an individual level is devastating enough, but when it occurs on a collective level, the effects of that trauma may not stop with the people who directly experienced the traumatic events.… Continue reading What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

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

What Is… the Inner Child

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the inner child. The concept of an inner child, or childlike aspect within each of us, has some roots in psychology, but it's also a pop culture phenomenon.  A search of Google Scholar for inner child psychology… Continue reading What Is… the Inner Child

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

What Is… a Flashback?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is flashbacks. Flashbacks involve the intense, vivid re-experiencing of memories as though they're occurring in the present tense.  This most often happens with trauma-related memories.  The flashbacks are usually involuntary and intrusive, and they don't result from a… Continue reading What Is… a Flashback?

book cover: Shattered by the Darkness by Gregory Williams
Book Reviews, 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: 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