Childhood PTSD Hero: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on ACEs

Why can’t everyone just adopt healthy behaviors and quit making the same mistakes over and over and over again? In this beloved TED Talk, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris breaks  it down for us: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) turn out to be directly correlated with just about every bad health outcome. She is a pioneer, shining a light on understanding what’s really going on with us, and how it can be prevented and treated. Thank you Dr. Harris!

“High-Stress Childhood” Linked With Troubling Lack of Brain Activity Around RISK Perception (Which Explains a LOT).

Well, it’s what we suspected all along…

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that stress from childhood is linked with a diminished awareness of looming risk or punishment, and higher than normal emotional reactions to the consequences. This confirms a lot of stuff we’ve been Continue reading ““High-Stress Childhood” Linked With Troubling Lack of Brain Activity Around RISK Perception (Which Explains a LOT).”

Childhood PTSD and Your Brain: A Simple Technique to Get Calm, Clear and Focused

You know that hamster wheel that spins in your mind, filling you with thoughts and worries and blocking you from being your wonderful self? And you know how emotions and upsets makes it really hard to focus sometimes?  If you had a crappy childhood, you may be feeling the effects of brain changes from neglect, stress and abuse.

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How to Make a Beautiful Apology

If you grew up with a lot of childhood crap, you probably know a thing or two about broken down relationships! And sometimes, sometimes, it’s we who did the breaking. Or at least played a part in it. If you have any apologies you’ve been meaning to give, but weren’t sure how, this is the video for you. Would love to hear your feedback in the comments section.

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How to Know if Your Brain Is Disregulated, and What to Do About It

One of the things going on in Childhood PTSD is disregulation of our brains.

When we’re calm, brain activity is even and it’s driving emotions and body responses (like heart rate variability, shown in the very badly drawn illustration above) in an even and predictable way.

With disregulation, our thinking,  behavior, heart rate and breathing can become erratic. Continue reading “How to Know if Your Brain Is Disregulated, and What to Do About It”

Do You Have Childhood PTSD?

Note: This is a page on my blog, written last year, that a lot of folks have found helpful because it summarizes a lot of aspects of  Complex PTSD. It gets more traffic than any of my posts, so I thought I’d re-up it. Pieces of it have appeared in various posts, so if you see something you saw before, you can just skip that part and maybe find some information that’s new to you.

PTSD  — or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a real diagnosis usually used for cases where people had a traumatic event happen in adulthood (like taking part in a violent battle, or having a car accident). The symptoms include flashbacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, social withdrawal and explosive emotions, among other things.

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Your Soul Opens When You Tell the Truth

In the last couple of weeks, the “Me Too” campaign has prompted lots and lots of women to start speaking up about experiences they’ve had being raped, sexually abused and sexually harassed. With just two little words, a couple of women let the world know, that it had happened to them, too. Some famous women posted it, and then more women Continue reading “Your Soul Opens When You Tell the Truth”

Did Childhood Trauma Damage Your Perception? Here’s How to Get It BACK.

For most of my life, I used to feel panicked when I used to see a hair stylist. The circular thoughts in my head went like this: My hair is about to be ruined.
The haircutter thinks I am white trash. She will think I want an awful, trashy haircut unless I can show her that it’s not who I am. But if I say one word about this, she’ll think I’m a bitch. So my hair is about to be ruined… ”
and so on.

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A Huge Proportion of Your Problems Today Are Because of You (And Why That’s GOOD)

OK, so before you get all mad and think I don’t understand, I completely understand that some problems are really not self-created, but caused by other people and circumstances.

A young person who is abused is not responsible for that. An infant who is neglected is not responsible for that. A child who grows up in a neighborhood torn by gang violence is not responsible for that. Such people, like everyone who suffers, may be affected for life in physical and psychological ways. But then what? Can adults who experienced Continue reading “A Huge Proportion of Your Problems Today Are Because of You (And Why That’s GOOD)”