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The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to an extremely negative event.” Traumatic stress reactions are normal responses to abnormal circumstances. They can be caused from one-time events, ongoing stress, or something that happened during childhood. Here are 4 ways untreated trauma can impact our lives. Emotionally Common feelings experienced after a traumatic event can include anger, shame, fear, and sadness. It is not uncommon to feel a heightened level of anxiety, or overwhelming stress during this time. Some even report feelings of excessive or inappropriate guilt. Many will describe feeling numb, or detached. This is a ...
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Do you and your partner have trouble communicating? Are you unable to forgive them for something that happened months or years ago? Is there a lack of intimacy or trust in your relationship? Couples therapy provides a safe, controlled space to resolve these conflicts and not only repair, but strengthen, your relationship. This form of psychotherapy promotes open, honest conversations mediated by a licensed professional with a deep understanding of primary relationship networks and the role of individuals within them. Studies show that couples therapy is effective in reducing distress in relationships. Most find the experience to be empowering, transformative, ...
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Nearly one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness. Only a fraction seek help. Here are 10 tips to improve your mental health: 1. Prioritize You Improving mental health starts with making it a priority. Make time for the self-care you deserve. Be disciplined in your actions and make mental well-being your mission starting with today. As Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson states in his book 12 Rules for Life, “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.” 2. Exercise Regularly Physical activity may be the best immediate mood-changing tool at your disposal. It helps ...
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In the U.S., over 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder. Most tend to develop during adolescence and early adulthood, leading to a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits and behaviors. These habits and behaviors can result in nutritional deficiencies and other serious health problems. Eating disorders can be attributed to a number of factors from genetics, cultural preferences, personality traits, and media influence. Studies show more women experience eating disorders than men. Here are four of the twelve major eating disorders and how to identify them: Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is defined as “an emotional disorder characterized by an ...
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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes wild and unpredictable changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. It can make concentrating or accomplishing simple tasks difficult and frustrating. Someone with bipolar disorder can experience periods of extreme elation, intense energy, irritability, and exaggerated behavior. These are known as manic episodes. They also experience periods of hopelessness and indifference. These are known as depressive episodes. In extreme cases, someone with bipolar disease may experience psychosis, delusions and hallucinations. The cause of bipolar disorder is not known, however, we believe genetics, environment, and brain chemistry are significant factors. The Three Types ...
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when you’ve experienced a traumatic event, witnessed a traumatic event, or are repeatedly exposed to details about a traumatic event. Some may even develop post-traumatic stress disorder after learning someone close to them experienced or was affected by a traumatic event. Common symptoms of PTSD include disturbed sleep, aggressive behavior, lack of concentration, extreme anxiety and more. Each of us act and react differently in response to these events, and that is ok. To properly diagnose this condition, both a thorough physical and psychological evaluation are necessary. Effective Treatments For PTSD Learning how to ...
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The impact COVID-19 has had on each of our lives can be described as both unique and difficult. For some, it meant transitioning from working at the office to working from home. For others, it meant adapting to at-home learning with virtual classes, or business compliance with evolving health mandates. These abrupt changes to the way we work, live, and interact with each other are proving to have a negative impact on the mental health of every age group. As scientists track a surge in depression  and anxiety related to the pandemic, we are forced to find new and different ...
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Did you know there are roughly 100 trillion unique organisms living in your gut? These microbiome communicate with your central nervous system and near-endocrine systems associated with anxiety and stress response. We also know the “gut-brain connection” plays a role in mood and memory, but how much more they communicate is still very much a mystery. While we don’t fully understand the connection between the brain and gut, we have plenty of evidence that suggests these micro-organisms have a significant impact on a wide range of mental health and neurological conditions. This may include but is not limited to depression, ...
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Trauma can result from a number of events that happen in the workplace. Death of a co-worker or client, witnessing an accident, or being the victim of abuse. Even events such as downsizing or re-location can be perceived as traumatic and have long-lasting effects on one’s psyche. It is normal to feel anxiety, guilt, or irritability after a traumatic event in the workplace. These are natural stress responses. However, if these feelings last weeks or months, or interfere with your quality of life at home or at work, it's time to assess the situation. Let’s look at how to better ...
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We all want the best for our children. This may never be more evident than when a concerned parent is searching for the right mental health professional to treat their child. Finding a therapist that can have a meaningful, transformative, and lasting impact on your child’s life can be a daunting, even frustrating, task. But asking the right questions and communicating effectively can make this process easier and more likely to succeed. Here are some tips to help you find the best child therapist. Start your search by asking your child’s school guidance counselor, or family and friends, for a ...
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