Monthly Archives: December 2008

A Perilous Relief – Conventional Wisdom About Risk-Taking/Danger-Seeking Behavior

Risk-taking or danger-seeking behavior, especially in teenagers or at-risk individuals, has intrigued, worried, and frustrated scientists and mental health professionals for aeons — perhaps as long as humans have walked the earth, and there were friends, family and/or hunting party … Continue reading

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A Perilous Relief – Introduction

Risk-taking or danger-seeking behavior has been a puzzle of human experience for generations. Certain individuals repeatedly tempt fate with foolhardy and clearly risky behaviors. They make seemingly rash choices that endanger everything they hold most dear, including life and limb, … Continue reading

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A New Paper – A Perilous Relief

I’ve been head-down for the past several days, working on a paper called “A Perilous Relief – On the physiological foundation(s) of risk-taking / danger-seeking behavior“. It’s an offshoot of my recent readings about how fear and anxiety have different … Continue reading

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More thoughts on pain and TBI and PTSD

The past week has not been easy, I have to say. And I’m just so glad that Christmas is over. I learned a lot about what I can and cannot do, over the past seven days, and I’m now revisiting … Continue reading

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The scars of war: ‘The look in her eyes was the look of a lost soul’

Great article at the El Paso Times about a soldier back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and TBI At 38 years of age, [Capt. Fayette Frahm] has more than 17 years of experience in the medical field serving in … Continue reading

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My internet connection is slow today… and so am I

It’s maddening, really. The reason I got into computers in the first place, was so that something within reach would be quick for me to work with. I’ve been dealing with TBI stuff since 1973, but only when I got … Continue reading

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Surviving the Storms of Combined TBI and PTSD

This has been an extremly trying week for me. No, make that ten days. The storms that buried many parts of this country in ice and snow have been very challenging, yes, but my responses to them have been even … Continue reading

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On Pushing Through the Post-Traumatic Stress

The past week’s events have really given me a great opportunity to examine my brain’s responses to intense stress, under somewhat “safe” conditions. Despite being relatively safe and with access to help and shelter and the company and assistance of … Continue reading

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A great way to send traffic to your blog

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When PTSD and TBI Intersect, Hide, and Exacerbate Each Other

I’m not much in the mood to post, these days. I’m still fried from my last 4 days of being assailed… seeking shelter… being displaced… being at the mercy of the elements… and knowing that the winter is just starting. … Continue reading

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