Links To Resources

I will continue to add to this list as I find other blogs, sites, videos, articles of interest.

Resources for PTSD & C-PTSD

How Does PTSD Change The Brain This is a simply explained article that can help you understand how PTSD effects the brain.

Pete Walker’s Website Author of The Tao of Fully Feeling and Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving

An article about Emotional Flashbacks by Pete Walker Not sure if this is in his book. Either way, it helps to understand emotional flashbacks whether you have reached the realization you’re having them or not. Whether you know what they are, or not.

Spartan Life Coach YouTube Channel This is a YouTube channel run by Richard Grannon. IMHO this channel is the best I’ve found in helping with recovery in C-PTSD.

Spartan Life Coach Website And obviously this is Richie’s website. He offers courses and also packages of courses. They are affordable. (I’m not an affiliate, just would like to try some of his courses at some point.)

Self Compassion Self-compassion is something most trauma survivors don’t have but need. There are some guided meditations here and other resources.

Wild Truth This site is written by Daniel Mackler. I have found this site to be helpful in relating to being a survivor of childhood abuse. He has a great video on YouTube pertaining to this: Childhood Trauma and the Process of Healing (by Daniel Mackler)

On Being (Rachel Yehuda) {This link is to a particular page on a much bigger website. It’s an audio episode called “How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations” where the guest, Rachel Yehuda is a professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Neuroplasticity: What You Need to Know in PTSD Recovery Here’s something I’ve forgotten about. It’s reassuring to know the brain can change. This article is a decent place to start to get acquainted with neuro-plasticity.

A little about grounding This link goes to an article that was linked in the one about neuro-plasticity. This also covers a bit on mindfulness too and brings the two together. Mindfulness is basically bringing your mind into the present, while grounding is the act of connecting to self.

*Also just a quick note that the site the previous two links go to is Michele Rosenthal’s and is an overall decent site for learning about things to do toward healing PTSD. But I think it’s important to mention here as well, that she does not come from an abusive family/background. Her PTSD stems from an illness. I’m not minimizing that. I have no doubt her trauma was real. I just think that it’s a much different scenario, especially since she had family support during her ordeal. I used to read her site and think, “She can heal, why can’t I?”  Well, childhood trauma is in fact VERY different than what happened to her.

Writing for PTSD Healing This is a short article on Michele Rosenthal’s blog by a couple of guest writers. The part about why writing helps is pretty interesting.

Emotional intelligence toolkit (Helpguide.org) I include this link here because emotions can be intense for those of us who live with complex post traumatic stress. This is the same site linked to below in the Borderline PD section

Cluster B The 10 Personality Disorders straight from the DSM-5. I put this under the PTSD resource category for a few reasons. Personally I think that most of these and probably other disorders result from some sort of trauma. I think that many of us who have been diagnosed with a cluster B may be misdiagnosed and actually have C-PTSD. And the other reason is because many of us with C-PTSD have been abused by those whose characteristics match right up with some of these cluster B’s.


 Resources for those Abused by Narcissists or Otherwise Toxic People

Dr. George Simon  The well known author of In Sheep’s Clothing. This is his personal site previously named Manipulative People.

Narcissism Survivor This site is a quick read with 7 pages at the time I’m posting it. Of those 7 pages, one of them is a resource page with book suggestions and a couple websites.

Lucy Rising Good site if you’re just out of a narcissistic relationship or if you’re still suffering the pain from it. This may help you understand a bit better what happened.

Narc Abuse Convo Sam Vaknin answers someone’s questions in a Yahoo Group. I don’t remember now how I came across this. It’s more geared toward relationships outside the family. I still find this helpful, given that I have been drawn to toxic people outside my family as well. Go figure.

How to Spot and Abuser on the First Date This is the article linked to from the group site I have linked above. It goes to an article on Sam Vaknin’s site.

Peg Street at Psych Central This link goes to the list of articles this author wrote on Psych Central. She was raised by a narcissist mother.

Raised by a Narcissist This is another article on Psych Central but this one is by Jonice Webb PhD. She’s the author of Running on Empty:Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect.

Article called “Crazymaking” I don’t remember how or why I found this article. But it’s on a site called Verbal Abuse Journals.

A collection of posts on narcissism, etc. This goes to a page on Scoop.it. Aside from the page I link to here, the site itself is a place where you can collect content from around the web on a topic. And once you set it up, it even helps you find that content. There’s a marketing piece to it and it can also help marketers create content, but I haven’t looked that far into it yet.

Is God Really Telling Us To Honor Abusive Parents? This is a really comforting article if you are struggling with the conflict of feeling the need to be “No Contact” with your parents and the commandment to honor your father and mother.


The Therapy Conundrum

BAD THERAPY? A DISGRUNTLED EX-PSYCHOTHERAPY CLIENT SPEAKS HER PIECE Pretty self explanatory. I found this while looking for a picture to include on my post In Need of Some Input on Therapy: Please Help


Resources for People Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

Help Guide for Borderline Personality Disorder (Helpguide.org)

What to do if you are dx’d with BPD This is an article on the site “BPD Transformation” written by a man who had been diagnosed with BPD and no longer meets the criteria. Lots of great book recommendations on this post too.


Scapegoating

Articles on Scapegoating This page goes to Glynnis Sherwood’s page of Scapegoat articles. She seems to know exactly what it’s like to be scapegoated. She is also a counselor.

The Family Scapegoat  This article is on the website “Parenting Exposed.”

The Blameless Burden Scapegoating in Dysfunctional Families. Good article at Good Therapy.

The Scapegoat Identity Article at Psychology Today

 


Information About the Brain and How it May Relate to (so-called) “Mental Illness” and its Labels

Brain Anatomy: The 4 Lobes, Structures and Functions I figured this could be useful in the reading about how the brain is effected by trauma. I know when I’m reading about the brain in relation to trauma, I would like  a visual, which isn’t always provided in articles.

Head injury information

Frontal Dysfunctions of Impulse Control in relation to BPD

The Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders: Brain Imaging, Genetics, and Psychoneuroendocrinology Article from NCBI (The National Center for Biotechnology Information).

Wounds That Time Won’t Heal  Great article From Cerebrum: Timely and Provocative Articles on Neuroscience how the different parts of the brain are effected by abuse.

 


Other Resources Related to “Mental Illness” and Its Labels

Check this out! Free psychotherapy books at this site. Looks like no strings attached either. I just downloaded a book on attachment theory. I was prompted for some info but I clicked through without filling it out and was able to download the ebook.

Does Childhood Emotional Neglect Cause Avoidant Personality Disorder? This is another article by Jonice Webb on Psych Central. It gives some nice insight and things to think about. I’m not sure I agree with her steps to be less avoidant. I guess on good days they’d work, but personally I feel like there’s a root to deal with so the avoidance becomes naturally not there. But that is my un-educated opinion.

Counseling Resource is a website where Dr. George Simon, the author of In Sheep’s Clothing writes. It’s a whole website, but there is a blog on the site. He seems to write a lot of the articles, at least that’s what I’ve seen so far, but there are others that write there too apparently. I found it when looking for info on Gas-lighting. Just before posting this link though, I came across an article about Borderline Personality Disorder by Dr. Simon and it caught my attention. The client he referred to (anonymously) had begun to heal from some session with Dr. Simon by focusing on self-definition. This is of high interest to me as self-definition refers to self-identity, something which I struggle with.

The War On Unhappiness: Goodbye Freud, Hello Positive Thinking. A PDF I found linked to from Lucky Otter’s post of the same name…actually quoting the name of this PDF. I’m actually saving it here because I don’t want to download it and I want to read it again later because my comprehension sucks right now. (Wed. 12/7/2016.)

I found this article called, Are You an Empathic Narcissist on a site called Loner Wolf. It’s an interesting talking point. I continue to suspect some pathological narcissism in myself.

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