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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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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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Equine Therapy for Trauma Victims

Equine therapy is an excellent option for trauma victims who have a hard time opening up about their experiences or who feel overwhelming anxiety or panic. Equine therapy provides a unique environment in which individuals are able to heal their invisible wounds in a way that is intuitive and fun. When some people first hear…

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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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…