What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series, Therapy

What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is STAIR narrative therapy. I recently stumbled across STAIR narrative therapy for PTSD, so I thought I'd do a post about it. STAIR stands for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. STAIR narrative therapy, which was developed… Continue reading What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

Stop the Stigma

There’s Nothing Weak About PTSD

https://youtu.be/T_xWinz_rIQ?t=644 This may seem like an odd video to share. I stumbled across it on Youtube, having no idea that at 10:44 (where I've cued it to play), it would turn into a mental health video. Former British Army sniper Craig Harrison talks about developing PTSD, and how his dog saved him from killing himself.… Continue reading There’s Nothing Weak About PTSD

Medications that can help with nightmares: cartoon of scared person in bed
Psych Meds

Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Anyone can have nightmares, but up to 80% of people with PTSD experience nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD. The idea for this came from an article that SkinnyHobbit shared about the treatment of nightmares, which is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2018. What can worsen nightmares Some… Continue reading Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Mental Health @ Home book review: The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook by Erika Shershun draws on somatic psychotherapy to help survivors of sexual assault/abuse work through their trauma and find healing. The author herself is a sexual assault survivor. The book isn't specifically oriented towards either isolated traumatic incidents or complex trauma, but seems like it could speak to both. It's… Continue reading Book Review: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

Trigger warnings: overused or helpful?
Our Social World

Are Trigger Warnings Useful?

I saw the topic of trigger warnings circulating in the blogosphere recently, and I thought I'd chime in with my own thoughts. In a very general sense, a trigger is one thing causing another to occur. What's particular to people with a past trauma history is that what's being triggered is re-experiencing. That means re-experiencing… Continue reading Are Trigger Warnings Useful?

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Justice

Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

I heard recently the Daisy Coleman, who was in the 2016 documentary Audrie & Daisy, had died by suicide. I had watched the film on Netflix a couple of years ago, but I thought I'd watch it again and write a post about it in honour of Daisy. Rape culture was a problem then, and… Continue reading Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

diagram of the window of tolerance, with hyperarousal and hypoarousal on either side
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… the Window of Tolerance

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

graphic of brain circuits
Mental Health & Illness

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

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

MH@H book review: The Body Keeps the Score
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

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

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

This post is by Meagon of Prose for the Masses. Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay  PTSD's Many Different Colors I am not a veteran. I have not survived a major genocide nor am I a survivor of horrific abuse. I do not outwardly bear the signs of someone struggling, but inside is a catalyst of angst and worry… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)