book cover: Remember by Lisa Genova
Book Reviews

Book Review: Remember

Remember by Lisa Genova is a non-fiction book that explores how we do, and don't, remember. Genova is a neuroscientist who's also the author of five fiction books, all of which I've read. They feature characters with neurological conditions like Alzheimer's (Still Alice) and Huntingdon's (Inside the O'Briens). The book begins by describing how memories… Continue reading Book Review: Remember

This one flew over the cuckoo's nest: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in real life
Depression

This One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: ECT in Real Life

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.

graphic of brain circuits
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

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

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

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)

This post is by Nikole of My Accessible Life. Executive Dysfunction Tips & Tricks Last week we were talking about executive dysfunction and a few handy tips to cope with it. I promised I’d give you all an update on how using daily task lists is going for me. From Friday until Monday I have… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)

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

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

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?