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Developing Hope in PTSD Recovery | Trauma! A PTSD Blog

Developing hope in PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) recovery is, in a word, difficult. You’re struggling with the symptoms of PTSD that include …

Trauma

6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches

It is terrible but true—sexual predators target churches. In the mind of a predator, a church offers a compelling target and, too often, an easy …

Religion

Why I Speak About Being A Male Sexual Abuse Victim

Sexual and indecent assaults by children against other children are on the rise

CASES of children sexually ­assaulting each other have soared as kids are bombarded with inappropriate messages and images on the internet, TV and …

Common Things Parents Say to Their Kids about Therapy that Aren’t Helpful

Parents often use therapy as a last resort, said Kate Leyva, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with children, teens …

Kids

Trauma Survivors Have Symptoms Instead of Memories by guest @LinneaButlerMFT

Harvey, M. (1990). An ecological view of psychological trauma and recovery. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 9(1)

It can be really tough to try to make …

Trauma

How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence. | Benjamin Perks | TEDxPodgorica

A Disturbing Media Trend, Ignoring Male Victims of Sexual Abuse and Trafficking - Survivors News and Reviews

Ally Fogg pointed it out earlier this week, in all the reports of the abuse ring in Oxfordshire, none of the 50 boys who were included as victims …

Sexual Abuse

How Good Parents Miss Child Sexual Abuse and 5 Questions to Change That

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

By not asking the right questions.

One day my son went to a classmate’s home for a Halloween …

Abuse

Our Abuser Died, Now What?

I just found out that our abuser died. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to react to this kind of news. My first thought was, “At least he can’t hurt …

Abuse

Both Women and Men Are Emotional Beings With the Capability to Suffer From Mental Illness

Last week, The New York Times published an op-ed by psychiatrist Julie Holland called "Medicating Women's Feelings." I read it because I was hoping it was going to be a critique of how society has historically used psychiatry and pharmaceuticals to control women's bodies and behaviors. …

Women's Health

Stop Blaming Social Media for Making You Feel Like Shit

Last month researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia released a study linking Facebook use to increased envy and depression. The work was quickly picked up in the media as many echoed the familiar message of too much time online turning our young people into melancholy, anxiety-riddled, …

Social Media

Giving Male Sexual Assault Survivors a Voice

Researchers estimate that one in six men have been sexually assaulted or abused before age 18. So we were gratified to read this weekend’s Washington

Sexual Assault

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear

Last week, a report by the University of San Diego School of Law found that about 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. …

The Brain

You're Not Alone: What College Doesn't Teach You About Depression

Home Life You’re Not Alone: What College Doesn’t Teach You About Depression

“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the

Depression

Matt Haig: ‘People handle you differently when they know you’re depressive’

Bestselling author Matt Haig tells Theo Merz about 'coming out' with depression and being intimidated by the reaction to his new book, Reasons to Stay Alive

“Things that have happened to me that have generated more sympathy than depression,” begins one chapter of Matt Haig’s new book, Reasons to Stay …

Depression

Six Ways We Enable Abusers

With so many children affected by child sexual abuse, it's mind-blowing that more isn't being done about it. But the reality is - it's not that we're …

How the Lies Our Abuse Tells Us Affect Us

In my previous post I talked about the lies that abuse tells us. I described them as The Lying Triad and Its Dark Guard – shame, self-blame and low …

Sexual Abuse

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

In the 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felitti, now director of the California Institute of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, discovered something potentially revolutionary about the ripple effects of child sexual abuse. He discovered it while trying to solve a very different health problem: helping severely …

Public Broadcasters

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD.

Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch.

Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income …

ADHD

Shame and Guilt – For Telling the Truth

Image by canonsnapper I discovered a relatively new site yesterday and while I don’t know much about the author, I thought this particular part of …

Guilt

Share Aware

Children are told it's good to share, but sharing too much online can be dangerous; we've got simple advice on how to keep children safe in the …

Social Networks

The Lies Our Abuse Tells Us

For years now I’ve heard the statement “Depression Lies” circling around blogs and social media. It’s true. Depression does lie. It tells us we’re …

Sexual Abuse

Facebook adds new tools for suicide prevention

Facebook has added new tools to assist users who express suicidal thoughts. In a blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social …

Facebook

Seeking the Pattern of Our Abuse

Photo by Natesh Ramasamy I was having a conversation a few weeks ago about the way our minds work. In a nutshell, it’s been shown, time and time …

The Brain

5 Real Ways to Combat Mental Illness

(Hint: One of Them Isn't Calling It "Mental Health")

Every morning, I wake up to an inbox with messages like this (identifying details changed):

"I just read your piece titled 'I am Adam Lanza's mother.' It rang true to me in every way. My son is 10 years old and he has been in 12 different schools, …

Mental Health

Men do cry: one man’s experience of depression

I can remember the day the old me died. It started with a thought. Something was going wrong. That was the start. Before I realised what it was. And then, a second or so later, there was a strange sensation inside my head. Some biological activity in the rear of my skull, not far above my neck. The …

Depression

Britain in male suicide crisis - because real men don't suffer depression

The despair Ian Hastings felt seeking help for depression culminated in a suicide attempt.

"I didn't know where to turn," recalls the former …

Suicide

Relationships are Hard for Survivors, We Don’t Know Ourselves

Photo by Gerald Gabernig I recently saw a link to an article that was posted back a few months ago on the Good Therapy website:
Why Hiding Who We Are …

Survivor