The Dopamine Diaries
Dealing with Trauma
Trauma and PTSD is an almost universal by-product of the world we live in. It affects thousands of people on a daily basis. How do you handle the triggers, anxiety, stress and depression?
How do you get through the day, through work, through life, and still function? How do you stop 'existing' in survival mode and move on? Is it even possible?
More women than men have PTSD, and the history of PTSD actually was discovered in 1896, presenting with the same clinical findings of today, and, sadly, for the same reasons.
My focus is to help you through the process while teaching you the tools you already posses.
Women and Mental Health
Women, the silent minority in a health care system that is designed for men.
Women have only been recognized in the past 40 years, as having different needs and responses to pharmaceauticals, and the mental health definitions do not work for women.
Remember ADHD? In the 80's it was the illness of young boys. And when it was defined in the DSM, it was based on how young boys presented with ADHD, which left a lot of young girls undiagnosed and struggling, and at the same time, was over diagnosed in boys.
Women often get later diagnosis in life, and struggle for much longer, with more significant impact, than men and boys with the same issues.
Horror Writing, True Crime, and Reviews
Trauma, horror and women. Yes, my loves, it does fit together. How many of you binge watch horror or true crime? I know I have for decades, and I remember my mom reading True Detective back in the 60's.
Horror and true crime has generally been a women's genre for reading, movies, and streaming, and men are typically the horror creators, although more and more women are writing horror than ever before.
There are a lot of fantastic women and men who write, direct and create horror, and I want to acknowledge the incredible talent that is out there.
Women typically watch, read and write horror to relax. Not surprising. I know this was one of my coping mechanisms for years, first, reading, then watching, and finally writing my way out of trauma.