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Trauma

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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Adjustment Disorders in Women

Adjustment disorder is a general term used to describe several related forms of mental illness that can occur when people don’t recover from the effects of traumatic or stressful events within a certain amount of time. The specific symptoms of these conditions vary according to the severity of a person’s adjustment difficulties and the particular …

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5 Misconceptions About Treating Trauma in Drug Rehab

What’s trauma got to do with drug rehab treatment? More than you might think. Misconceptions about the link between trauma and addiction and the ways trauma is treated keep some people stuck in a relapse cycle. Are any of these beliefs standing between you and recovery? #1 Only a small number of people with addiction …

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PTSD More Detrimental to One’s Health Than Any Coexisting Mental Illness

Recent findings from a team of Brazilian researchers indicate that PTSD plays a primary role in reducing an affected person’s health-related quality of life, even when that individual has other significant, coexisting problems with mental illness. Some people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also have serious problems with other mental health issues classified as …

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Stalking Victims Unable to Escape From PTSD

More than 7.5 million people are victimized by stalkers in the United States each year. The encounters that accompany this behavior are scary and unpredictable, and tragic outcomes are frighteningly common. But even those who escape their tormentors are often unable to elude another persistent and terrifying companion of the stalking experience—post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). …

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Childhood Emotional Trauma Breeds Physical, Mental Problems in Adulthood

Various studies have found that exposure to emotionally traumatic events in childhood can have far-reaching consequences throughout adulthood. Not only does emotional trauma in the first eight years of life increase a person’s likelihood of psychological disorders, but it also increases his or her odds of suffering from chronic physical illness and the breakdown of …

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Trauma: How to Move Beyond Survival Mode

Truly traumatic events put our brains and bodies in survival mode. It is an automatic response to something traumatic and life-threatening. The problem is that many people who have experienced trauma continue to live in survival mode. They may think they have overcome the trauma, but the brain is still operating on that base level …

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Healing Complex Trauma for Addiction Recovery

A young woman with self-described ‘commitment phobia’ turns to substances to numb the pain of a troubled childhood. A young woman drives into therapy. Aamori complains to her therapist that all of her relationships end just after the one-year mark, just as things begin to get serious. The reason, she explains, is that she gets …

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What is the Trauma of Having an Alcoholic Parent?

If you’re an adult child of an alcoholic, you might describe your childhood as traumatic. Many such people do. But many don’t realize that their alcoholic parent’s behavior can continue to affect them as they grow into adulthood. In fact, that trauma can stick with you throughout your entire adult life. There’s even a name …

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