Dr. Pam’s Blog

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Normal Is Just A Setting On the Dryer

Normal Is Just A Setting On the Dryer

Thinking I would be reassuring to veterans, I started telling them about this sign over my dryer several years ago. I am so aware of the stigma about the crazy vet or the angry vet. According to a recent survey by Cohen Veteran’s Network, the general public believes...

Suicidal Ideation Means It’s Time to Start Talking

Suicidal Ideation Means It’s Time to Start Talking

Trigger warning: If you have been thinking about ending your life, or just disappearing for a while, this blog may help you identify your risk level for attempting suicide. It may also increase the intensity of those thoughts and feelings. Start talking to a trusted...

Why Veterans Don’t Report PTSD Symptoms and Why They Eventually Do

Why Veterans Don’t Report PTSD Symptoms and Why They Eventually Do

Ten or more years after combat deployment. That’s how long it takes for combat veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to file a claim for PTSD with the Veteran’s Administration. I can’t “prove this” by research, but this is what I’ve been seeing since I started...

PTSD and Trauma Memory: It’s A Neuropsychological Injury

PTSD and Trauma Memory: It’s A Neuropsychological Injury

Remember that very old commercial from the 1980’s? Partnership for a drug free America? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOnENVylxPI   Yeah. So the same thing can be said about what makes PTSD different from any other mental health condition. The vivid sensory...

PTSD Unplugged – Becoming Trauma-Informed Consumers

PTSD Unplugged – Becoming Trauma-Informed Consumers

As a mental health provider, I have been working closely with people experiencing post traumatic stress since 1981. By the mid-1990s, PTSD specialists and the general public accepted that violent, life threatening events profoundly affect the survivor, regardless of...