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

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What is... psychology series

What is… hope/hopelessness

Image by Muhammad Haseeb Muhammad Suleman from Pixabay  In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is hope/hopelessness. Hope Wikipedia defines hope as "an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world… Continue reading What is… hope/hopelessness

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Book reviews, Health & Healthcare, Mental health

Book Review: Strong at the Broken Places

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness.  Author Richard M. Cohen, who himself has multiple sclerosis, works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take. … Continue reading Book Review: Strong at the Broken Places

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Mental health

What I’ve Learned from My “Psych Patients”

Having worked as a mental health nurse for many years, it would be easy to assume that I'm usually the one doing the teaching and my clients are usually doing most of the learning.  That assumption would be completely wrong.  Yes, I've learned a lot in school and through continuing education, plus I've learned a… Continue reading What I’ve Learned from My “Psych Patients”