+About…

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Posted February 5, 2016

+THE INFO NEEDED TO BRING ACEs RELATED TRAUMA HEALING TO YOUR TOWN is in this post

+BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE – “THE BODY REMEMBERS”

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Post March 31, 2015

+LINK TO THE CDC ACEs COMMUNITY PAGE – A GREAT RESOURCE!

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Post December 1, 2014:

+SECURE and INSECURE ATTACHMENT: SOME OF MY NOTES FROM YEARS AGO

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Posted Sunday March 2, 2014

+SOME HELPFUL ‘INS AND OUTS’ OF LAY SCHOLARSHIP

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+SOME SCENES FROM MY RECENT ALASKA VISIT

June 14, 2013 by alchemynow

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Take a watch – IMAGINE! — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W86jlvrG54o

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Posted here March 9, 2013

+AMERICA. NATION OF PRETENDERS

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Posted here January 8, 2013

+AN IMPORTANT ARTICLE: “Violence and the brain in early childhood development”

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Posted here October 6, 2012

+DID MY MOTHER SUFFER FROM BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD)? (this is eerie)

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+THE BEST VOICE OF REASON: WHAT EARLY TRAUMA SURVIVORS KNOW

October 4, 2012

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REFERENCE PAGE LINK FOR ARTICLES MENTIONED IN MANY POSTS IS HERE:  http://workspacestopthestorm.wordpress.com/references-main-file/

Here are two important posts presented April 29, 2011 that form a beginning foundation for understanding the topics presented on this blog:

+IMPORTANT NEW RESEARCH ON ‘EXECUTIVE FUNCTION’ OF THE BRAIN – AND INFANT EXPERIENCE IMPACTS THESE ABILITIES

+A COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT EARLIER POSTS ON ATTACHMENT

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+A COLLECTION OF LINKS ON BODY-BRAIN CHANGES CAUSED BY EARLY INFANT-CHILD ABUSE

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+FACTS OF THE MATTER

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+COMMENTS TO THIS BLOG I PUBLISH – AND THOSE I DON’T

Please note that EVERY comment to this blog is as confidential as you wish it to be.  All are moderated by alchemynow  and cannot post without my prior approval.

If you wish to write to me without your comment being made public just let me know at the start of your writing.  In this way I can read what you say and respond to you confidentially.

Your Page – Readers’ Responses

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How not to use the site

None of the material on this site is meant as therapy, or to take the place of therapy. It is peer-to-peer sharing and designed as information and support.

Note added December 28, 2011:  Please pardon me while I vent. To the many blog commenters who write to me: “Can you simplify this information for me?” — I need to say: THINK PEOPLE! THINK! THINK FOR YOURSELF! Nobody can sleep for you or pee for you or eat for you or walk for you — and nobody can THINK FOR YOU! Wake UP people! THINK! What has happened to people that they never learned that they have the power to THINK? What if they had never learned they had the power to roll over, to sit up, to crawl, to walk, to run, to skip, to dance? ARE YOU DEAD? Because I KNOW you are not STUPID!

What to remember

Many of us now see ourselves as strong and resourceful people, able to handle our past and our present lives with joy as well as pain and sorrow.

Some of the material contained on this blog may be triggering material  to those with histories of trauma and abuse.  Please exercise caution when reading.  I am not responsible for any consequences to others as a result of them having read my writings.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Borderline Personality Disorder:

See also prevalence and incidence page for Borderline Personality Disorder

Prevalence of Borderline Personality Disorder: 2 percent of adults (NIMH)

Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 50 or 2.00% or 5.4 million people in USA [about data]

Incidence (annual) of Borderline Personality Disorder: 3,019 annual cases in Victora 1996 (DHS-VIC)

Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 1,510 or 0.07% or 180,074 people in USA [about data]

Incidence extrapolations for USA for Borderline Personality Disorder: 180,074 per year, 15,006 per month, 3,462 per week, 493 per day, 20 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. Note: this extrapolation calculation uses the incidence statistic: 3,019 annual cases in Victora 1996 (DHS-VIC)

Prevalance of Borderline Personality Disorder: BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women. (Source: excerpt from Borderline Personality Disorder: NIMH)

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Also please note that I have 5 siblings who will confirm the truth about my experiences of extreme abuse during my childhood.

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Thank you very much for visiting my site!  Linda

Linda at de Grazia's studio
Linda at de Grazia’s studio

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April 10, 2009

Most simply put, Stop the Storm© refers to creating opportunities to change the effects that traumatic experiences have had on our lives.

I want to begin the process of talking about the intergenerational transmission of unresolved trauma by sharing something my mother wrote in 1960 in one of her Alaskan homesteading journals.  She describes this dream:

MY MOTHER’S DREAM – March 29, 1960

The whole family was out walking and suddenly we looked up to see a dark rainbow appear – then it got bright and behind it a skyline appeared outlining massive dormed buildings such as I’ve never seen and skyscraper bldgs – then it all disappeared and a big wind came.

We realized it was a hurricane. We could hardly stand up against the wind. We saw big apt bldgs on the sides of the streets but the entrances faced another street and we were on the wrong side. The wind grew stronger – finally a door appeared and we went in the bldg and the person asked us what was wrong? We told her of the great wind but as we pointed outside – all was silent and the wind was gone … and I awoke.

Growing up in Boston, my mother had experience  with storms related to the sea.  But even in her homesteading notebooks there are descriptions of powerful winds across the mountain that threatened to blow our sectioned canvas portable Jamesway away.  She believed they came with increased force because we had cleared trees from the land and exposed for the winds a tunnel-like pathway.

But there was more than the wind fed to my troubled mother when she was young.  I will describe more of this later.  For now I wanted to offer this ‘vision’ from my terribly abused and abusive mother’s words.  We will be exploring trauma and the continued storms it creates in peoples’ lives on down the generations.  We have to find a way to stop this storm.

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A POINT ABOUT BUSINESS:  All material presented in this blog belongs to the author who wrote them and is under copyright and cannot be used without permission unless the words ‘In the Pulbic Domain’ appear after the written piece.  The blog’s author is Linda Lloyd Danielson, AKA alchemynow.  Please consult the reference pages for citation information for all researchers mentioned.  Thank you.

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11 thoughts on “+About…

  1. Hello Linda – Not sure if I have even commented on any of your work here but trust me I have been using it to help me unravel and understand my childhood trauma. I am very grateful that I found your blog. Given how much I value your work and think others will be able to gain some insight from your work I am nominating you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. The following link will take you to my acceptance of this award which details the requirements of acceptance. http://complicitgrace.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers/

    • Thank you for your kind words. Today has been a true but rough one and hearing from you has lifted my spirits.

  2. […] Stop the Storm:  Linda has compiled quite the wealth of information and analysis on the intricacies of trauma.  Her work has been priceless in helping me better understand the nuances of my childhood trauma and its impact in the development of my coping skills.  Her work is not for the faint of heart but if you have the tenacity there are many diamonds to be found. […]

  3. I have been a victim of similar abuse by a mother who rejected me at birth. I blog about some of the methods I used to heal at http://MarthaLHyde.wordpress.com. Unfortunately, I did not have the imagination at the time of creation of this blog to come up with a good name for it. It was such a feat of self-power to just print my name on it, after 4 years of intensive therapy.

    I will be publishing a book on using mind-body medicine techniques of mindfulness, visualization, and Muscle Reflex Testing (applied kinesiology) for healing from emotional trauma, as well as for removal of toxins and healing from physical trauma. I also have other books in the works. One is a memoir. Another is a new theory of how the brain works, resulting from having to think about this a lot in order to learn how to reprogram my brain to repair damage and to lay down circuits that were never done when they were supposed to, during the first 3 years of life. When I have titles and have healed enough to submit them to the publisher, I will post their names and details here, and definitely at my blog site.

  4. People who have experienced a lot of trauma have difficulty concentrating on abstract concepts. Thus understanding your excellent but technical information may be difficult or even impossible for them. If your readers are unable to comprehend, you can send them my way if you like. My job is to take the scientific data and put it into layman’s terms and simple graphics on radio and internet television.

    • Fantastic! Please post another comment here with your URL to your website included, with an introduction to your work!!!

    • WordPress just gave out my blog stats for last year, 565 posts — and many more the year before that. I am exhausted trying to explain this complicated stuff. I wish I was rich — I would hire you to do exactly what you are describing!!

      I can’t. That greatly saddens me – but I can’t.

    • OK, folks – check out HEALING TALK RADIO at this link

      http://www.healingtalkradio.com/

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      My reservations, however:

      I see on your site you make this statement:

      “Learn about the HPA axis that regulates stress hormones, how infancy and early childhood affects the development of this system, and how it can be retrained and reset from hyperarousibility to normal function.”

      I encourage you to consider the fact that this retraining and reset ‘to normal function’ is most certainly NOT possible for many survivors of severe early trauma, especially in cases where early severe abuse and trauma altered development of the nervous system-brain during the first 33 months of life (conception to age two).

      I offer these critically important resources for you consideration in support of this fact:

      “Effects of Secure Attachment” by Dr. Allan Schore at

      http://www.allanschore.com/pdf/SchoreIMHJAttachment.pdf

      “Attachment and the Regulation of the Right Brain” by Dr. Allan Schore at

      http://www.allanschore.com/pdf/SchoreAttachHumDev.pdf

      +Dr. Teicher’s ARTICLE ON TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT

      scanned at this link

      https://stopthestorm.wordpress.com/a-book-being-born/dr-teichers-article-on-trauma-altered-development/

      It is critically important not to mislead the public, especially those who have been most hurt by early trauma that has caused PERMANENT changes in their physiology.

      Sincerely, Linda

      Stop the Storm blog at https://stopthestorm.wordpress.com/about-stop-the-stor/

  5. Linda, I did not pick this up in your writing ( which is amazing ). Is your mother still alive and did you ever have an opportunity to confront her or make peace with her.

    Jill

  6. Linda I am very impressed with this work. I think that if I had been in touch with you and this depth of work I might still be a believer in counseling, (actually I had an awakening of belief in the possibility of healing reading your thoughts. I also get the importance of trying to support the healing of others for the children and how my idea of reaching the school age children in the schools may not be enough. Thank you for this writing.

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