Trauma

Mental Health @ Home book review: How to Find Your Voice in the Middle of the Noise by Sajida Haddad

Book Review: How To Find Your Voice in the Middle of the Noise

How to Find Your Voice in the Middle of the Noise: Healing from Childhood Trauma is the first self-help book from Sajida Haddad of My Rollercoaster Journey; she has also published a number of other books. The book includes tips based on the author’s own experience and things she’s researched, along with recommendations for further …

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The mental illness cutlery drawer: spoon theory, fork theory, knives, and more

Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery

I’ve heard quite a few people talk about not having been traumatized enough for their trauma to really count. I love me a good metaphor, and I think spoon theory and fork theory can be useful in explaining how little-t trauma (i.e repeated smaller stressors) can cause serious damage just like big-T trauma can. Spoons …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

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 …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: From Hardened to Healed

Book Review: From Hardened to Healed

From Hardened to Healed by Debi Silber encourages readers to move beyond where they’re stuck right now to a place of greater healing. I learned of this book from Joshua Shea, who you may know from his blog paddictrecovery.com; in the book, he shares his story of recovery from addiction and betrayal trauma. The author …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is reactive attachment disorder. The DSM-5 classifies reactive attachment disorder (RAD) as a trauma-related disorder that develops in early childhood as a result of severe neglect and maltreament. It’s been observed in children whose parents have an illness …

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

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 …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

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 …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is Internal Family Systems therapy. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapeutic approach that’s based on the idea that the mind is naturally multiple, and we all have a system of parts. It’s often used …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Brain Storm

Book Review: Brain Storm

Brain Storm by Shelley Kolton shares her experience discovering as an adult that she’d experienced childhood abuse and developed dissociative identity disorder, as well as the work she did on integration and healing. The book’s introduction was written by feminist activist Robin Morgan. She wrote that this book affirms that DID is a feminist issue. …

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