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How to Manage Trauma Triggers During the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for people who struggle with the impact of childhood traumatic experiences and PTSD. Trauma therapist Laurie Kahn, MA, MFA, LCPC, is the founder and director of Womencare Counseling Center, co-creator of the Trauma Consultation Program, and author of the forthcoming Baffled By Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact …

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Eat, Drink and Be Wary: Tips for Surviving the Holidays Without Family Drama

The holiday season is a time to reunite with those we care about. But togetherness doesn’t necessarily translate into those heartwarming scenes we’re taught to expect by songs, movies and advertisers. Instead, we may end up stressed, frustrated and resentful as old patterns repeat themselves, priorities clash and memories resurface. That family baggage you’ve accumulated …

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Is Career Stress Killing You? Tips for Reclaiming Your Life

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Are you feeling stressed on the job? Here is some reassuring news: Stress is not all bad. In fact, research indicates that occasional episodes of stress can actually act as a performance enhancer, boosting focus and alertness. However, if stress levels get too high or become chronic, the result can be …

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Consequences of Workaholism

A work addiction might begin innocently enough: perhaps you stay late at work a few nights a week to finish up a project with a looming deadline. Working under pressure and getting things accomplished gives you an elated, euphoric feeling, and when the next important project rolls around, you jump at the chance to take …

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Beware of Trauma Triggers This Halloween

For many, Halloween is a harmless holiday honored with jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, costume parties, decorations and good-natured fright. For trauma survivors, this fall tradition can present a perpetual minefield of trauma triggers at every ghoulish turn. Read on to learn more about overt and covert trauma, Halloween trauma triggers and advice from a trauma expert on …

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What Role Does Family Play in Drug Relapse?

When people leave a drug rehab center, they’re prepared to face dozens of well-known relapse triggers — old drug-abusing friends, stress, anger, boredom, and poor nutrition and sleep, to name a few. What they may not be on the lookout for is their relationship with their family. Yet many addiction specialists agree that family dynamics …

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