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Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

This will be painful. These abusive behaviors travel through families until someone makes the decision to feel the pain. That is part of stopping the cycle. You will survive it and a good trauma therapist or group can make it easier to bear. Consult with a psychiatrist about an anti-depressant. I found that bupropion (generic… Continue reading Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

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What Trauma Does To You: The Hippocampus

Photo by Chris Sabor on Unsplash The hippocampus is part of the limbic system. It is roughly the shape of a seahorse and, as with the amygdalae, there is one in each temporal lobe in the middle bottom of the brain and they are about the size of your thumbs. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA Professor Laszlo Seress Stress affects… Continue reading What Trauma Does To You: The Hippocampus

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Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala

Photo by Arwan Sutanto on Unsplash Complex PTSD results from prolonged or chronic traumatic exposure as is the case with child abuse. For a child, there's no viable escape and the people who are supposed to love, protect, and care for the child... don't. Most child abuse includes just enough carrots - good times - to be utterly… Continue reading Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala

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This is your brain on trauma

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine is having an excellent free series on the brain and trauma that includes Peter Levine (Walking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, In An Unspoken Voice, and more) and Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). Replays for the first session are today and tomorrow.… Continue reading This is your brain on trauma

CPTSD, news stories, Sexual Assault

Breathtaking

The news out of Alaska shows that the public outrage over Brock Turner's light sentence  (and similar cases) made no difference. It's like they're doubling down on letting these creeps off the hook. "Judge Michael Corey accepted the deal, noting the outcome of the case could be described as 'breathtaking.'" Interesting word choice. Justin Schneider was let… Continue reading Breathtaking