Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

All of the caveats aside about ACE scores that I’ve written about before, (tl;dr – Yes the more childhood traumas you’ve had, the more likely you will deal with various issues as an adult, but it’s not a set fate for everyone.) I think we can, however, accept that children who dealt with more traumatic…

You Can Still Smile, Even Wearing a Mask

You Can Still Smile, Even Wearing a Mask

I’ve seen many people in the Mental Health Advocacy arena talking about this new reality of people wearing masks in public places. The main concern seems to be losing something that is small, but can be invaluable, the connection that comes from smiling at someone in public. Now, I don’t want to dispute the importance…

COVID19 as a Classic Example of Victim-Blaming

COVID19 as a Classic Example of Victim-Blaming

I’ve written before about how I believe that what we often see as victim-blaming is really people with a need to feel safe finding a reason why something bad happened to that person, and why it wouldn’t happen to us. Statements like “she shouldn’t have been drinking that much”, or “he shouldn’t have been hanging…

Be Aware of Self-Soothing Behaviors During Coronavirus

Be Aware of Self-Soothing Behaviors During Coronavirus

As we live through fairly unprecedented times and find ourselves understanding why the old phrase “May you live in interesting times” was actually a curse, it has become commonplace for folks to say quite a number of things that seem rather out of place. I don’t mean expressing anxiety or struggle, but things that are…