The Body Keeps Score

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This is a book about PTSD and how trauma changes brain chemistry.  Here are a few things I found interesting:

  • Trauma results in fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions.  It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.
  • The stress hormones of traumatized people take longer to return to baseline and spike quickly and disproportionally in response to mildly stressful stimuli.
  • Depersonalization (feeling nothing) is one symptom of massive dissociation caused by trauma.

The author also covers various treatment options and the effectiveness of each one.  This is an interesting book and I highly recommend it.

 

The Age of Anxiety

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The book, The Age of Anxiety, is a collection of stories from people that deal with anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

They do a wonderful job explaining the symptoms in a relatable way and talk about coping mechanisms that work for them.

If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, this book would be a beneficial read.

 

Major Depression Feels Like….

Major depression feels like:

  • You are drowning and you reach up for help, but no-one is there.
  • You have to act calm on the outside, but inside you are screaming in agony.
  • You are trapped in a cage and you are pacing back and forth like an animal.
  • You have a pressure cooker inside your body and it is about to explode.
  • You are alone in the world, because you are unable to connect to people.  You cannot relate to them and they cannot relate to you.
  • There’s a dark cloud looming over you.
  • There’s a monster inside of you and it is crushing your soul.

Play More

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults.  There are a lot of benefits to playing.

Here are a few examples:

It’s fun.
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.

There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Remember to spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.

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