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How to Cope with Complex PTSD

Complex PTSD occurs when a person has been exposed to long-term trauma, such as ongoing domestic violence, forced prostitution, being held hostage, or long-term childhood abuse. Most people who suffer from complex PTSD experience problems with regulating their emotions, memory problems, dissociation, difficulty trusting others, having stable relationships, and problems with self-perceptions of guilt, shame, …

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Men

Anyone exposed to a highly traumatic event or situation with the potential to cause injury or death can develop diagnosable symptoms of the mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, men have PTSD risks that differ from women for several reasons. In addition, post-traumatic stress disorder in men typically involves symptoms that differ …

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Integrated Treatment for Complex PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder

Researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center and Elements Behavioral Health find that complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not simply a subtype of borderline personality disorder (BPD). According to their recent findings, people affected by BPD often have diagnosable symptoms of complex PTSD. The latter is an unofficial but scientifically verified form of …

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What Is EMDR and Can it Help Me?

Several types of treatments can treat the wide variety of mental health disorders that affect millions of men and women every year. EMDR is one of them. What is EMDR? It’s short for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and is a form of therapy that uses visual or auditory distractions to break any negative association …

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How Grief Can Lead to Addiction

Grieving is a natural process after the death of a loved one. Most people are able to cope with the pain and sadness. Others, however, choose to turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. Grief and addiction go hand-in-hand sometimes when the pain is too much to cope with, and they choose to hide from …

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How to Support Someone Suffering from PTSD

Being the friend or partner of someone who is suffering from PTSD can be challenging. You want to help them, but their illness may cause you to feel like a stranger in your own home or force you to take on extra responsibilities you were not prepared for. The right PTSD treatment program can help …

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Ways to Celebrate PTSD Awareness Month

Approximately 12 million U.S. adults have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during a given year, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. PTSD Awareness Month is in June, and it’s the perfect time to help spread awareness about this serious mental health condition. PTSD treatment centers can help those who are suffering from PTSD symptoms. …

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How Childhood Pain Leads to Relationship Trauma

People with a history of childhood trauma often carry those issues unconsciously forward into adult relationships. A pattern of childhood neglect, emotional or physical abuse, or a story involving sexual molestation or rape creates difficulties for adults as they attempt to make long-term bonds in committed relationships. It is not uncommon to find such an …

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Women and Compulsive Hoarding

A huge closet full of clothes. An endless array of shoes. Multiple pets. In popular culture, it’s common to accuse women of “hoarding” certain types of objects. While oftentimes the female “pack rat” image is merely a joke, there are many instances in which the behavior indicates a serious disorder. Compulsive hoarding, which is often …

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