Matthew "Matt" Lindgren, LMFT in Oakland, Ca

Matt Lindgren, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Oakland, California. Blogs about mental health, therapy, psychology and related random musings.


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    What Happens to Your Body after You Die? [animation]

    • from Scientific American

    Whatever your beliefs, most people would agree that the body left behind when we depart this mortal coil is just a heap of bones and flesh. But what happens to those leftovers? Assuming that nature is left to its own devices, our bodies undergo a fairly standard process of decomposition that can take anywhere from two weeks to two years.”

    Written & narrated by Mark Fischetti
    Assistant editor: Kathryn Free
    Produced, edited & animated by Eric R. Olson

    (Source: Scientific American)

    I can’t wait to be a tree. Well, actually I CAN wait, but it’s gonna be cool when it happens.

    (via asapscience)

    — 4 hours ago with 3865 notes
    #science  #death  #body 



    The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco / open to pedestrian traffic only, during its opening in May 1937 (top) and on its 50th anniversary in May 1987 (bottom).

    In 1987, the weight of the 300,000 people that crossed the bridge caused it to sag by 5 feet.

    My dad and I were watching it live on TV and he had to assure me that the bridge wouldn’t break or collapse. 

    (via npr)

    — 16 hours ago with 2440 notes
    #san francisco  #Golden Gate Bridge  #Bay Area  #bridge 

 “You live out the confusions until they become clear.” Timeless truths from Anaïs Nin, hand-lettered by artist Lisa Congdon (previously)


    “You live out the confusions until they become clear.” Timeless truths from Anaïs Nin, hand-lettered by artist Lisa Congdon (previously)

    (Source: )

    — 19 hours ago with 1727 notes
    Anonymous asked: Dumb question, but how do you know if something was traumatic for you? Like what makes it a trauma?



    It’s not a dumb question! 

    For PTSD, the criteria for trauma is: 

    The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, as follows: (one required)

    1. Direct exposure.
    2. Witnessing, in person.
    3. Indirectly, by learning that a close relative or close friend was exposed to trauma. If the event involved actual or threatened death, it must have been violent or accidental.
    4. Repeated or extreme indirect exposure to aversive details of the event(s), usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, collecting body parts; professionals repeatedly exposed to details of child abuse). This does not include indirect non-professional exposure through electronic media, television, movies, or pictures.

    Of course, trauma is more complicated than that and there are lots of problems with our current diagnostic model. Some people may be traumatized by events that don’t meet these criteria, and some are not traumatized by events that do. It’s important to give significance and respect to what trauma is, so that not every negative event is a trauma. For example, it drives me nuts when people say “I was so traumatized” when a restaurant is out of ranch dressing or a professor won’t give them an extension for their paper. But we also have to understand that trauma is complex and that people respond differently to events in their lives, so being in a car accident may be traumatizing for one person but not for another. Some of that has to do with whether a person feels like their life, health, or bodily integrity has been threatened. Due to our histories and the way our brains work, some people’s fight-or-flight reflex among other things may be much more quickly and strongly activated, causing more fear during an event like that. I hope that helps! 

    — 22 hours ago with 4 notes
    #Trauma  #PTSD