Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Mental health symptoms are defense mechanisms, which are there to protect us and help us survive. Your overactive nervous system is on a mission to spare you from existential pain and fear.
While a joint journal means significantly more work for both the client and therapist, the benefits are so many. I use it with children, teens, adults, and parents.
Doctors, therapists, and parents must be provided with information about how to recognize and respond to neuropsychiatric symptoms in young people.
Crises are opportunities for learning if we recognize them as such. In this era, let's not miss the opportunity to teach children how to deal with adversity.
The evidence of links between food and mood continues to grow, issuing a clear call for a more comprehensive approach to mental health.
How to respond constructively to tantrum and meltdowns among toddlers, kids, and teens.
Unlike loneliness, aloneness is a state of solitude without feeling isolated and unloved. Aloneness is a response of choice, while a sense of loneliness is an unconscious reaction.
Some people sickened by COVID19 display post-infection symptoms that are similar to some neuropsychiatric conditions.
A critical goal in this time must be to enable as many people as possible to pass through inescapable trauma without developing PTSD.
Containment in times of crisis focus on reconnecting to resources that were already there before the crisis. GENA is a containment exercise for times of stress.
Each episode of high stress deepens the neural pathways through which we experience stress. Try these actions to maintain a sense of control.
The coronavirus presents difficult choices for all who spend time in therapy. Here are 9 suggestions for facilitating etherapy with kids and adults.
A recent study suggests that people suffering from PTSD are at greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
Attempts to be positive do not expand your capacity to endure pain.
Inflammatory factors may contribute to pregnancy-related depression.
A study on cannabis use for PTSD shows that low-level cannabis users are less likely to develop major depression or SI.
A new study asserts the efficacy of anti-inflammatories in treating major depression.
We don’t usually think of parenting as trauma-inducing. But elements of trauma come with the package for many parents.
Traumatic grief, that is, the grief that accompanies loss that is unexpected, is different. Such a loss triggers post-trauma survival mechanisms in addition to mourning.
In order to sustain progress after trauma, it’s important to get rest and renewal. But getting there is not as simple as it sounds.
The transition from summer vacation back to school is for many children a shift towards higher anxiety. Six ideas on how to manage routines in the school year with a sensitive kid.
Some children who are told that something is wrong with them or labeled as “troublemakers” are actually suffering from an underlying infection.
What you need to know about the root causes of mental health symptoms.
Attunement is giving complete, non-judgmental, responsive attention to another person through eye contact and other nonverbal attention.
In the great chase for happiness that pervades much of today’s thinking, it has come to be understood as a destination, a place we can go.
What can a trauma survivor do when the pain of past trauma resurfaces—and nothing works to make it better?
Here’s a quick compendium of info, presented in the form of a loosely organized glossary of terms and concepts that every survivor and trauma therapist should know.
Add mindlessness to increase joy? Yes! Mindlessness that incorporates creative activity can be just as calming to the nervous system as mindfulness.
We all carry pain from our own life circumstances. Intertwined with that pain, we also carry a remarkable variety of resources for coping.
Post-Traumatic Growth is a bigger process than is widely understood. For most, it's a process of meaning making through action, contemplation, and reflection.
Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., is an integrative trauma therapist and scholar who blogs and teaches about sustainable trauma integration in the US and abroad.