Sharing – Understanding the ways children cope with threats
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Sharing – Understanding the ways children cope with threats

Again, another reminder that if you simply froze in response to abuse as a child, instead of trying to get away, or fighting, that’s actually pretty normal, and beyond your control: The stress response is a survival response.  It is an innate biological response to threat or perceived threat. It prepares the body to fight…

Therapy – It’s Not Just The Last, Desperate, Option
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Therapy – It’s Not Just The Last, Desperate, Option

Let’s face it, if I suggested to most people that they could benefit from some therapy, they would be insulted. Heck, it’s a widely used insult across society. But what if I told you there are lots of ways that therapy could help you without you having to be diagnosed with a mental health issue,…

We Need More People Telling Their Stories – According To Science
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We Need More People Telling Their Stories – According To Science

Yes, it’s true. According to research done University of Nottingham, hearing recovery narratives can be helpful to people dealing with mental health issues: So, from the perspective of a person facing mental health problems, does it help to have access to other people’s recovery stories? A new systematic review conducted by researchers from the University…

Link – How Brain Handles Trauma Could Explain a Lot About Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Testimony
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Link – How Brain Handles Trauma Could Explain a Lot About Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Testimony

This has been my experience, and from talking to many other survivors over the years, I know it’s fairly common. “A PTSD sufferer can have trauma memories that are alarmingly vivid and, at the same time, infuriatingly vague. Or, in some cases, there is total amnesia. This paradox has been at the heart of the…

Link – Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

Link – Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

It’s important to note that we cannot know for sure that there is a causal relationship between these two events, and the NIMH admits that as well, but that is in part due to the fact that we never really know what causes any individual case of suicide. What we do know, though, is that…

Link – Why Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Don’t Disclose
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Link – Why Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Don’t Disclose

I found this section of the article below to be especially important for survivors to know. “The secret of child sexual abuse is especially shaming. It can make you feel like there is something seriously wrong with you; that you are inferior or worthless. You want to hide for fear of your secret being exposed….