Sharing – Brown University researchers find what doesn’t kill you may not make you stronger after all
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Sharing – Brown University researchers find what doesn’t kill you may not make you stronger after all

This is not good news for the mental health advocates who want us to believe that things “happen for a reason”, and that we grow from our pain. It’s really just not true. “In 2003, before the natural disasters, none of the studied Chileans displayed any signs of PTSD or depression. But, by 2011, 9.1%…

Sharing – I don’t want your ‘mental health awareness’

Sharing – I don’t want your ‘mental health awareness’

I wanted to share this article from a Duke student because, frankly, I think this is an important thing for many of us to remember about mental health advocacy. Like Bisma, I am happy that we have so many people feeling less stigmatized, and helped by the attention being paid to depression, anxiety and the…

Sharing – Most Americans think there is stigma associated with mental illness

Sharing – Most Americans think there is stigma associated with mental illness

The headline is just one of many interesting finding in this poll. Personally, what I find interesting is that 73% of respondents know someone with a diagnosed mental health disorder, yet less than 50% are very comfortable talking to their friends about mental health, and the number of people who feel like they know a…

Sharing – Veterans Who’ve Gotten Help Have the Power to Destigmatize Mental Health Care

Sharing – Veterans Who’ve Gotten Help Have the Power to Destigmatize Mental Health Care

This statement is true of all of us who have gotten mental health treatment, our stories can make a difference. “One efficient and powerful way to overcome stigma is to elevate veterans’ voices in the national discussion. PTSD can be treated and managed because treatment and engagement absolutely work. Veterans who have successfully completed PTSD…

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…