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   Welcome!

I am so thrilled you found your way here. 

 I want to tell you a story. It's what I do. I tell stories, I write stories, I help people by telling stories, and help them find their own stories that are trapped within their bodies and minds. 

About three decades ago I started my journey into Mental Health, and I studied psychology, psychiatry, mental health, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, neuroscience, resilience, coping mechanisms, and more. 

My world was defined by three kids, three dogs, a spouse, a full time job, full time university, and volunteer work. It was a busy existence and one I loved. I discovered I had to be my own health advocate, as well as an advocate for my kids. 

Things are never easy, and the world is a dynamic place. One day, you are a mom, living the best life you can while raising kids and keeping a home together, and the next your world is upside down because of a neurodivergent diagnosis. It was an interesting time because so little was known about Autism, ADHD, PTSD, trauma, and treatments or any kind of help was hit or miss. 

Typically, the first course of action was medication and then talk therapy. For anyone diagnosed with PTSD or Autism or ADHD, this rarely ends up well. And specially, even more so 30 years ago. If you are a person with PTSD, sometimes, talk therapy is the last thing you need. I know that was the case for me. The more I talked about it, the more traumatized I became. Talking about a trauma and discussing the details, while living with PTSD, just helped reinforce the PTSD. 

PTSD is something that we experience today even though the event was in the past. The smells, sounds, colours, words, sights, or taste will instantly put us back in the trauma, emotionally, and that triggers our amygdala that we are in danger. 

I discovered positive coping mechanisms, studied, researched, wrote, asked questions, took several different trainings and modalities, found what worked and why, and, more importantly, what didn't work. 

As a person with ADHD, more importantly a woman, with a late diagniosis of ADHD, the world is an entirely different place. Things I thought were normal, everyday things, suddenly turned out to be something completely different. 

I have a million passions, and some you will find among these pages. These were my coping mechanisms, and how I made sense out of a very dark and scary world, filled with monsters, trauma, resilience, hope, loss, grief, and love.      

 

I am a published Horror author, so you will find book and movie reviews, links to the BEST horror out there featuring incredible, gifted writers, some of whom you might or might not know. 

There will be pages of coping techniques, videos and links to help you navigate when things get derailed. And there is a blog where I will write from what I know, what helped with others, and how to get through this life with a semblance of happiness, passion and hope.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The blog is a safe space for those of you not into horror as I am. Horror is at the end in its own little box, so no worries about reading the blog. It is there as a tool for you to access and read. Maybe you will find a few helpful nuggets. If so, leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. These are a little dated and I need to go back and update them in the next couple weeks.

At least, that is my wish for you. If you have read this far, congratulations. Let's be friends. I will be updating content, starting a newsletter, a podcast, and more in the future. Please scroll through the site, send me an email, and letstalk@thedopaminediaries.com
 

  

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