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
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
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Nikole of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)
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
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?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is memory. Memory is highly complex. There are multiple different types, and multiple areas of the brain that are involved. Memories not only need to be encoded in the first place, but they also need to be stored… Continue reading What Is… Memory
Ask anyone of a certain age what comes to mind first when they hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (aka ECT, aka electroshock therapy, aka shock therapy), and chances are they will mention the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The reality is very different.