PTSD
Kendra

PTSD Is not an illness

I find it peculiar that PTSD is categorized by many, as a mental illness. PTSD can certainly trigger a mental illness, but it isn’t and shouldn’t be categorized as one, it just sounds like you are broken and paints a picture that defines you. A mental health problem, yes, and should be addressed most definitely.  It is a natural response

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD Abroad

If you haven’t read my first post about PTSD, you can check it out HERE. PTSD is more common than people think. Our brains can’t process trauma very well and we have to find ways of working through the trauma we experience, there are ways, but conventional psychology and medication aren’t necessarily the best roots, but I will cover that

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travel
Kendra

Vancouver, A City of Contrasts

Moving to Vancouver from Ottawa years ago, was easy, it wasn’t a difficult decision, nor was it a hard transition. It just seemed right, we fit. We threw ourselves into the outdoor life, hiking, snowshoeing, running, biking, and walking everywhere. We did what so many transplants do, we moved into a tiny 750 square foot apartment in Yaletown, our rent

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD and Diplomats

Growing up, PTSD wasn’t a thing, I mean, there were always random passing conversations about my Grandfather’s post war condition, and that he suffered from shell shock, but he dealt with it the same way other veterans did, by going to the local pub and drinking with his fellow air force cronies once a week. There was no PTSD, it

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Culture Shock
Kendra

Culture Shock & Kids

I have had to really dig deep to understand all the ramifications that the ping pong effect of culture shock and reverse culture shock had on me growing up. What I have discovered, in all the great literature that is out there, culture shock is described in very linear way, and somehow disappears after you have gone through all of

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Foreign Affairs
Kendra

Global Affairs – What is in a name?

I have seen the Canadian Foreign Ministry in different names,  first it was External Affairs, this was the department I remember vividly picking up my Father at, it sounded dapper, then the name change, External Affairs got married to Trade and became Foreign Affairs and International Trade, then got separated and became Foreign Affairs, then quickly became remarried to become

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