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Mental health

Should We Be Looking for a Root Cause for Depression?

I was recently reading an article on Medium that argued that to fully treat depression, one must do the inner work to get to the root cause.  That didn't sit particularly well with me, hence this blog post. I'm of the perspective that mental illness is complex, and the causes are just as complex. If… Continue reading Should We Be Looking for a Root Cause for Depression?

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Mental health, Trauma & PTSD

Guest post (Johnzelle Anderson) – EMDR Therapy

I have a guest blog for you today, from Johnzelle of Panoramic Counseling. EMDR Therapy 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… Continue reading Guest post (Johnzelle Anderson) – EMDR Therapy

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Eilidh Horder

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 Eilidh of http://www.eilidhhorder.com… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Eilidh Horder

Book cover: Writing to Heal the Pain by Mateja Klaric
Book reviews

Book Review: Writing to Heal the Pain

Writing to Heal the Pain: Stories & Poems by Mateja Klaric is a collection of mostly essays and some poems.  It takes the reader along on the author's attempts to find healing after having her career stolen away from her in a way that left her with anxiety and PTSD. The author explains that writing… Continue reading Book Review: Writing to Heal the Pain

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Emerging blogger, Mental health, Trauma & PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

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 Sharleen from Tea… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sharleen (Tea at Mine)

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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?

book cover: Shattered by the Darkness by Gregory Williams
Book reviews, Mental health, Trauma & PTSD

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… Continue reading Book Review: Shattered by the Darkness

Book cover: Ghosts Within: Journeying Through PTSD by Garry Leech
Book reviews, Trauma & PTSD

Book review: Ghosts Within

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… Continue reading Book review: Ghosts Within

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Trauma & PTSD, What is... psychology series

What is… Stockholm syndrome?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is Stockholm syndrome. Stockholm syndrome is a type of psychological bond that forms between a captor and a hostage.  The hostage develops positive feelings toward the captor and their cause, and negative feelings toward law enforcement.  While it… Continue reading What is… Stockholm syndrome?

Book cover: I walk with a limp by Barbara A. Lawrence
Book reviews, Trauma & PTSD

Book review: I Walk With a Limp

I Walk With a Limp: My Personal Journey as a Trauma Survivor by Barbara A. Lawrence describes the impact of the physical, sexual, verbal, and psychological abuse she first experienced as a child at the hands of her family.  She writes about the PTSD she developed as a result, along with a myriad of other… Continue reading Book review: I Walk With a Limp