In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is polyvagal theory. Polyvagal theory was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges in 1994 to describe how the nervous system relates to the environment. The vagus nerve The name polyvagal theory comes from the multiple circuits that involve the… Continue reading What Is… Polyvagal Theory
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
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
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
Let's think about the phrases "it's just anxiety" and "it's all in your head". Let's unpack them and consider them in terms of what we know about the brain and the body.