There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Trauma survivors respond to therapy better when they revise their negative view of their symptoms, recognizing that their symptoms reflect an unconscious choice to stay alive.
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Our clients need to know that we care for them, are fond of them, and that we come to love them in a way that protects them and maintains boundaries.
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.
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The evidence of links between food and mood continues to grow, issuing a clear call for a more comprehensive approach to mental health.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.