Monthly Archives: March 2014

Prescription Psychiatric Drugs may be the Problem

Why  are there more people disabled by mental illness in America than ever before? The book  Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness by Robert Whitaker may have the answer. Since I’m only about sixty pages in and can’t give you an overview of the whole, here are some…

Being in the Now: Finding Freedom by Writing about Trauma

Every month, I lead a ReStory Your Life Meetup in the Sacramento area for trauma survivors. Different people come each time.We have been meeting for well over a year, more frequently before I had a teaching job. For a while, a steady group met twice a month at a cafe in Rocklin. Writing is at the…

Self-Soothing Post-traumatic Stress

Yesterday I had my teeth cleaned, usually a tense and painful affair. This time though it was better. How write about this subject without going into the entire huge history of the issues I’ve had with my gums and teeth?  Suffice it to say that I’ve broxed or grit my teeth so badly over a…

The Dangers of Being Seen/Unseen

Many people who’ve experienced the trauma of infant surgery or who have post-traumatic stress (PTS) for a number of reasons have issues with visibility. It is dangerous to be seen.  I recently spoke to a survivor of infant pyloric stenosis surgery who told me that one of his biggest issues was the anxiety brought on…