Combat Veterans and Fireworks

The neighborhood where I live has its own Facebook page where people post announcements and searches for lost cats. Last year, about this time, a post appeared from a neighbor who said he was an Iraq War veteran. Fireworks triggered his PTSD, he said, so could we please refrain from shooting them off? By theContinue reading “Combat Veterans and Fireworks”

How to Re-Traumatize Yourself

First, a bad thing happens. Rape, murder, combat, abuse. You don’t have a lot of control over it. That’s the point. Something happens way, way out of your control. You barely make it. Now you’re left with the memories. That’s the trauma. Second, the memories come up. You don’t have a lot of control overContinue reading “How to Re-Traumatize Yourself”

When Madness Takes Cover

So, you’ve stopped drinking, or drugging, or gambling, or sleeping around. Your depression seems to have lifted. You haven’t been violent. Your anxiety no longer makes all the decisions. You’re up in the morning and dressed when you need to be. The madness seems to have gone away. Has it, really? Madness takes cover sometimesContinue reading “When Madness Takes Cover”

What is Madness?

Someone asked why the name of this blog is Madness 101. Shouldn’t I call it Mental Illness 101? Isn’t mental illness the proper, politically correct term? It is, but it’s not really mental illness that I’m writing about. I’m writing about the related subject of madness. Illness is something that happens to you beyond yourContinue reading “What is Madness?”

The Shrink’s Links: The Evil Hours

We are born in debt, owing the world a death. This is the shadow that darkens every cradle. Trauma is what happens when you catch a surprise glimpse of that darkness, the coming annihilation not only of the body and the mind, but also, seemingly, of the world. So says David Morris, author of TheContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: The Evil Hours”

The Shrink’s Links: Sam Baker

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. This week’s shrink’s link is to a musician: Sam Baker Baker was in a train in Peru when a terrorist’s bomb blew it up. What followed was years of recovery. If you have experienced trauma¬† and don’t have the words to describe your pain, he might.Continue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Sam Baker”

The Shrink’s Links: Cure Together

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Cure Together Here’s an interesting idea. Get a bunch of people together that have the same condition and have them report on what actually works to treat it. Are you depressed? Exercise, adequate sleep, and talkContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Cure Together”

The Shrink’s Links: Still I Rise

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Still I Rise Feeling oppressed? Recite this poem to yourself and you’ll feel ready to take it on, anyway. Good for all types of oppression. Click here to go to the link Related articles The Shrink’sContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Still I Rise”

New Class: Madness 101- Trauma

On Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30-8:30 pm I will be teaching a class at the new Rochester Brainery, Madness 101. I hope this to be a series, starting with, The Trauma Drama – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But you only have to sign up for one class at a time. Participants will learn how theContinue reading “New Class: Madness 101- Trauma”