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PTSD & Trauma Recovery Resources

Research is exploding in the field of PTSD recovery and traumatic stress. In this section we’ve collected a number of resources about trauma and trauma recovery for individuals, educators, and mental health professionals. Some of these resources address coping with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or supporting a loved one who is dealing with the impacts of traumatic events on their nervous system and behavioral health.

While my illustrations are not intended to provide diagnosis or treatment (see terms of use for more information) I create engaging visuals designed to help communicate emerging research in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder and its interplay with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. These illustrations can be downloaded and printed below, or you can click through to the article to learn more about the key concepts illustrated.

Trauma Recovery Avocado Model

lindsay braman trauma avocado teaching model

Trauma and trauma recovery look different for everyone, but generally, there’s a deep, hardened core and a bunch of squishy stuff, all held together by a peel juuuust thick enough to keep us composed unless something comes along to smash us. Sound familiar? I thought an avocado was a great…

Therapy Is Hard

Therapy is hard work.

Therapy is hard work. It’s ok if a therapy session leaves you sad, shaken up, or exhausted. If, however, you find therapy sessions pushing you into a dark place where you feel like you need to use harmful things to cope, it’s time to re-evaluate. Let your therapist know how…

Normal Trauma Response vs PTSD: Interpreting the Research

Normal trauma response vs. PTSD (chronic trauma response)

When brains experience trauma, they struggle to cope with it. It’s normal – and part of the healing process – to have flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts immediately following a traumatic experience. Knowing this and normalizing this matters! Recent research found that kids who believed their response to trauma was…

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