Calvin Desir, Sydney Aiello, and Jeremy Richman all died by suicide the same week. These individuals suffered severe trauma in their lives which were all connected to mass shootings. Desir and Aiello were survivors of the Parkland shootings, while Richman was the father of one of the 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Newton shooting.… Read More Surviving Survivor’s Guilt
It’s April, and it’s Sexual Assault Awareness month! Three years ago I wrote a post about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I heard about EMDR from my high school friend who is a sexual assault survivor, and she found that EMDR was particularly helpful in dealing with her past childhood sexual abuse and college… Read More EMDR-A toolbox for PTSD
Unfortunately, mass shootings are frequent in the United States. There are many variables to why people commit mass shootings. It can range from revenge, allegiance to an organization, passion, mental illness, or just pure dickery. I’ve noticed is that when this tragedy happens, it often focuses on the perpetrators and the dead victims, instead of… Read More What About the Survivors?
I always hear negative things about fear such as, “Overcome your fears,” “Fear is bad,” “The worst fear is fear itself,” and many others. Fear isn’t something to push away, it’s there to protect us and keep us alive.Here are reasons why fear is important in life. It’s the emotional equivalent to pain, it’s important… Read More The Importance of Fears
It’s natural for a person to feel scared when in danger, but what if flight or fight response stayed? What if the constant fear couldn’t go away? That’s when the anxiety turns into PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that came to light with military veterans, but it can result from a variety of… Read More Trauma on the Brain: PTSD