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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

Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)

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)

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Mental health

If It’s Not in Front of Me Then It Doesn’t Exist

Image by hibphotography from Pixabay I'm not sure why searching for "blind" on Pixabay turned up this leaping llama, but he is spectacular, so llama it is. I used to have a decent memory.  I used to be good at handling multiple pieces of information and task-switching. Depression put the kibosh on that. Now, I have a really… Continue reading If It’s Not in Front of Me Then It Doesn’t Exist

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What is... psychology series

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

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What is... psychology series

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?

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Mental health

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.