Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

Trauma and the Brain, Vagus Nerve and Body

 

Mindfulness practices are considered Top Down Skills that can be learned and can help regulate PTSD reactivity  (Istock/awelo)

“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them, One of the things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of like as it wanders in the journey of each day. ” – Antonio Damascio, The Feeling of What Happens

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CranioSacral Bodywork Therapist Profile

If you believe, like I do, in the mindbody connection, then you know there’s a body-based part to your emotional and physical health.

There are multiple ways to approach healing. One pathway is via talk therapy. It’s a cognitive way of working things out emotionally. Talk therapy engages the cognitive and upper parts of the brain and works through emotional narrative and beliefs. Another pathway is through somatic therapies. Somatic therapies engage the lower parts of the brain, the nonverbal, emotional parts of the brain.

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Birth Trauma: Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

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(Istock:h20color)

How many times must we ask for sensitive care?

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Birth Trauma: Heather Barson and Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson’s featured article today is extraordinary. Heather  writes about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. She talks about a healthcare system that doesn’t take care of women. She shares her dark walk through PTSD. She shares her long multi-pronged approach to healing. Her story is moving and healing. I admire her immensely. Please welcome Heather Barson with me.

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14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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Part Three: EMDR & Listening to Women

This article originally appeared in Science and Sensibility.

In this series about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Part One looked at qualitative research evaluating EMDR as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (childbirth onset). In Part Two, EMDR clinicians weighed in on their feelings about the safety of EMDR during pregnancy.

Mend a broken heart When those EMDR posts were published, I received a lot of behind the scenes feedback from women who either loved or hated their experiences with EMDR; there didn’t seem to be a middle ground!

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Part One: Should PTSD be treated differently just because it is childbirth onset?

birthtouch perinatal mental illness guide book front1How many times must we ask for sensitive care?

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Returning Veterans, PTS/PTSD and Post-Traumatic Growth

Returning Veterans, PTS/PTSD and Post-Traumatic Growth

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(Istock/alancrosthwaite)

From my guest post on the ReGroup Therapy site:

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Book Review: In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels and My Spiritual Homecoming by Lillie Leonardi

Post-Traumatic Growth, Spiritual Development and Development of the Self

When I saw this book advertised by Hay House, I was instantly attracted. After a quick look at Lillie Leonardi, the author’s, website, I immediately Kindled her book and read it straight through.

For me, the transcendent themes of post-traumatic growth, the process of soul retrieval, the restoration of a sense of wholeness, and personal spiritual growth emerged. Many people in my psychotherapy practice struggle with post-traumatic growth, the integration of differing aspects of the self, to restore a sense of wholeness.

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Guest Post: My Birth Story: Reliving, Rehashing, and Now Rewriting

My Birth Story: Reliving, Rehashing, and Now Rewriting

by Brandy Ash Myers, NCC

Today is a beautiful guest post by Brandy Ash Myers, a wonderful on-line friend of mine.  She experienced postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress (childbirth onset) during the birth of her first child.

Now, during her second pregnancy, she was moved to write her birth story, as a facet of her own healing, and to help others heal.

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