Book cover: Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook by Erika Shershun
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

What is... insights into psychology 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… Continue reading What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

Book cover: Brain Storm by Shelley Kolton
MH@H Book Reviews

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.… Continue reading Book Review: Brain Storm

Book cover: You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine Klatzker
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: You Will Never Be Normal

You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine Klatzker takes the reader on a journey of discovery with her as she learns that she has dissociative identity disorder and Parts inside of her have been holding trauma she hadn't even been aware that she had experienced. The book opens in 2009 as she's having a talk… Continue reading Book Review: You Will Never Be Normal

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

What Is… Polyvagal Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is polyvagal theory. Polyvagal theory was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges in 1994 to describe how the nervous system relates to the environment. The vagus nerve The name polyvagal theory comes from the multiple circuits that involve the… Continue reading What Is… Polyvagal Theory

MH@H Book Reviews

Interesting Book Quotes from Past Reviews

Over the last three years (wow, has it been that long?), I've read and reviewed a lot of books. Here are a few quotes that stood out for me. No One Cares About Crazy People In No One Cares About Crazy People, Ron Powers intertwines a sweeping history of mental illness stigma with the stories… Continue reading Interesting Book Quotes from Past Reviews

Book cover: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté offers powerful insights into the vulnerable, human side of addiction. It draws on his encounters with patients while working as a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, an ultra-low barrier supported housing building in Vancouver's downtown eastside, Canada's poorest postal code. Ultra-low barrier housing like… Continue reading Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Trigger warnings: overused or helpful?
Trauma and PTSD

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?

cover: Safe by Elspeth Roake
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

In Safe: A Memoir, Elspeth Roake shares her journey with depression and trauma-related disordered attachment, from the lowest lows to finally finding healing. Elspeth competed in horse shows, and the book begins in Florida for the winter show season, with her going into the hospital for suicidal ideation. She ended up being Baker Acted (committed… Continue reading Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

Book cover: Liar Liar by Laurie Katz
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar by Laurie Katz tells her story of being raped in her first year of college, and the school's (mis)handling of the matter. It's part of the Inspirational series by Trigger Publishing, a mental health publisher. The book opens with the night she was raped. Afterwards, contrary to society's expectations that someone go to… Continue reading Book Review: Liar Liar