Inflammation, Myelin Repair, and a Cure for Mental Illness

Those people who live with the effects of complex post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes believe that the symptoms they have are made up and all in their imaginations. Many feel they are weak and that is why they are “different” or “weird”. Worse, many believe they can never heal from the events that lead them to [...]

Inflammation and the Brain Changes Observed in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In our previous article, we examined how neuroimaging is giving new insights into changes in the brain caused by trauma. Yes, trauma harms the human brain but how does that work? What could our bodies be doing that causes the types of damage outlined in this article? Today, we shall investigate what is causing the [...]

A Preview of The  Newest Research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There have been some truly remarkable research papers written about complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in the past few decades. Some of the research focuses exclusively on CPTSD while others can apply to any mental health disorder. In this article, I’m going to break the ice in the series about complex post-traumatic stress disorder and [...]

The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Those of us living with dissociative identity disorder most certainly live under the thumb of complex post-traumatic disorder. This piece is about learning to have a relationship despite having a traumatic past. Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. If affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. [...]

The Living Hell of Emotional Flashbacks

In our last article, we discussed the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). One of these dissimilarities involves the living hell of emotional flashbacks. In this piece, we shall examine the definition of emotional flashbacks and ways to manage them. Should you become overwhelmed during this piece, please stop [...]

End Child Abuse to Stop Many Mental Health Disorders From Forming

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Anxious/Ambivalent Attachment Style: An Examination of Its Causes and How It Affects Adult Relationships

As our readers may remember, we are doing a series on attachment styles. However, if you are reading my blog for the first time, I will do a little bit of review of what attachment styles are, and why knowing yours vital to your adult relationships. John Bowlby and Attachment Theory  John Bowlby was a [...]

Anxiety is Boiling in My Mind Right Now

This morning I’m going to write about my anxiety. I haven’t felt this horrible since the early 1990s when I was first in treatment for dissociative identity disorder. I constantly feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin and like something horrible is going to happen any minute. These feelings are compounded by [...]

The Influence and Neuroscience Behind Hypervigilance and It’s Effects on Forming Long-Term Relationships

Hypervigilance has been a painful part of my life since I was able to form an independent thought. If you have never experienced this phenomenon, then you do not understand how hypervigilance negatively affects the lives of those, like me, who know it intimately. In this piece, we shall discover together the definition of hypervigilance, [...]

Pulling it all together: Trauma-Informed Care

This month we have spent time exploring the basics of becoming trauma-informed. We've examined how mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and resiliency help form the tripod on which we begin to understand and defeat the consequences of surviving trauma. In this article, we are going to explore together how all the writings we’ve published this month fit into [...]

Our Men are Not Okay: Male Victims of Childhood Trauma

A subject ignored by too many in the “Me Too” movement has been the sexual abuse perpetrated against boys and the after-effects such treatment has on them when they become men. In this article, we will examine the impact of childhood trauma on men. The Problem with Statistics Although the statistics tell us that 1 [...]

Tools to Build Resiliency and Aid in Healing from Complex Trauma

There is a vital part of healing survivors of adverse childhood experiences who now live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder can learn to help themselves. This piece of artillery is called resilience. Resiliency can help us overcome the life-altering effects of adverse childhood experiences or repeated trauma in adulthood. It can also speed up healing [...]

The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. It affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. In this article, we are going to examine together a brief synopsis of CPTSD and how this disorder creates difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. An Overview of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress [...]

Trauma-Informed Care, Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness

The entire series in January will be focusing on how trauma-informed care can help adults overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, to understand the process of healing, we must first explore what happens to the brains of traumatized children, and how neuroplasticity and mindfulness aid us in healing. Childhood Trauma Who is [...]

Overcoming Shame to Live a New Life

In the past few posts, we have examined the different types of shame and the malignant effects it can have on our brains. In this piece, we are going to explore the different ways that we can overcome shame to become who were always meant to be before shame drove us into our self-imposed cages. [...]