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Trauma: How to Move Beyond Survival Mode

It can be incredibly difficult to move past trauma and survival mode because of the deep emotional pain, exhaustion, and fear that comes with it. It can feel like an almost impossible challenge to find the strength and stamina to break free from the gripping hold of trauma. Moving forward is possible, but it requires …

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Do Babies Remember Trauma?

Do babies remember trauma? Though there is no definitive answer to this question, research suggests that infants can remember traumatic events, leading to potentially severe future complications. For instance, childhood trauma may cause mental health issues later in life, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fortunately, trauma and PTSD treatment can help individuals heal and live …

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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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Signs of Repressed Trauma

Significant events, both positive and negative, can linger in a person’s memory. People handle negative memories in unique ways, but some ways are not always healthy. Trauma disorder treatment programs can help. Some people make the conscious choice to avoid thinking about negative things from the past. Sometimes, people unconsciously forget certain events, thereby forming …

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The Connection Between Anger and Trauma

Victims of trauma experience severe violations of personal boundaries. Consequently, persistent anger and anger management problems are common characteristics of individuals who have experienced traumatic events. This is true for survivors of abuse as well as for survivors of other types of adverse incidents. If a loss occurs, anger as a stage of grieving is …

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The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and addiction go hand-in-hand. That doesn’t mean that all people who experience a trauma will develop a substance or alcohol use disorder, but it does mean that experiencing trauma increases an individual’s risk of becoming addicted. It’s estimated by the National Center for PTSD that up to 75% of survivors of violence or abuse …

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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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What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, and we’ve all felt the symptoms of anxiety disorders. However, when that anxiety becomes chronic and interferes with your ability to live your life, it becomes a problem. More than 40 million adults in the U.S. live with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common …

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