PTSD

The Wounded Healer Series from Mental Health @ Home

Wounded Healer: Karoline (Not Broken–My Life with PTSD)

The wounded healer interview series features people who’ve dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and …

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The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

A Childhood of Abuse, an Adulthood of PTSD (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Shanon of Surviving Childhood Trauma writes about living with PTSD as a result of childhood sexual abuse. I always struggle with how to begin my story, what parts to share and how exactly to word it. My abuses were so severe, my trauma so impactful that my memories are broken …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is intergenerational trauma. Trauma that occurs at an individual level is devastating enough, but when it occurs on a collective level, the effects of that trauma may not stop with the people who directly experienced the traumatic events. …

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The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

How Trauma-Focused CBT Is Helping Me (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, JH of Writing Through PTSD writes about the benefits of trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). I completed 12 weeks of group trauma-focused CBT a few months ago, and have been practicing the skills that I learned.  I wanted to write this to keep track of my recovery, and to help others who …

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EMDR Therapy (Guest Post by Johnzelle Anderson LPC)

Francine Shapiro is a legend in the mental health community. She made the groundbreaking discovery that launched the EMDR therapy movement in 1987. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.  Shapiro didn’t set out to create a new therapeutic technique; in fact, she was on the path to becoming a poet until a diagnosis of cancer …

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What Is... 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 …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Shattered by the Darkness

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 …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… a Safety Behaviour in CBT

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn’t it? Maybe, but sometimes, the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don’t actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious, …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Ghosts Within

Book Review: Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD

Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD is written by former war zone journalist Garry Leech. It covers his journey with post-traumatic stress disorder in response to the horrors his work exposed him to. The book describes some of the traumatic events the author experienced. This took a few forms: as descriptions of flashbacks, as part of …

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