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Will I Ever Be Stronger Than I Feel Right Now?

Will I Ever Be Stronger Than I Feel Right Now?

You’re at perhaps one of the worst cross roads of your life. To say the least, you feel defeated. You might be feeling broken, wounded, struggling, hurting. Worse, you might be feeling like a failure, a loser, or some other awfully negative stereotype that society has cast on you for having difficulties in life. If […]

What Can I Do For Self-Care During A Trauma Anniversary?

What Can I Do For Self-Care During A Trauma Anniversary?

“The Anniversary Effect” is a phenomenon among survivors of trauma who actively deal with the symptoms of trauma, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and other manifestations of trauma like addictions or mental health disorders. Around the time of year of a significant traumatic event, it is common for survivors to feel emotional distress, changes in behavior, […]

How Can I Prepare For A Trauma Anniversary?

How Can I Prepare For A Trauma Anniversary?

In our previous Q&A, we discussed a trauma anniversary and the phenomenon of “The Anniversary Effect” among survivors of trauma. Trauma lives inside of the nervous system in the body, affecting all of the ways the brain and the body operate. In the very same fashion that a child who was once bit by a […]

What Is A Trauma Anniversary?

What Is A Trauma Anniversary?

Events in our life shape our life. Our memories can be more than mental: memories can be emotional and physical as well. Consider the recurring celebration of the holiday season at the end of every year. It has become somewhat of a modern “cult” cultural phenomenon to look forward to the (Northern Hemisphere) fall and […]

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

For Adults With Psychiatric Disorders Does Trauma Influence Social Behaviors?

Head to any park, preschool, or playground and you will witness the very demonstration of social cognition in development. Young children are learning how to interact with one another, what rules apply to social situations, how to recognize feelings in other, developing a sense of empathy, deciding how to respond to others, and much more. […]

Waiting In The Queue Is A Test Of Recovery

Waiting In The Queue Is A Test Of Recovery

Nobody likes waiting in the queue. A queue is fine when it is short, speedy, and effortless. Even a longer queue is manageable when it is moving at a decently efficient pace. Yet a long queue, a long, insufferable, slow, unmanageable queue is enough to test anyone’s patience. We have to listen to conversations we […]

Does Childhood Trauma Affect Minorities Differently?

Does Childhood Trauma Affect Minorities Differently?

Today, the idea that childhood trauma, formally called ACEs for Adverse Childhood Experiences, has an affect on health long-term, is becoming common place. We are understanding more and more that what we experience as children creates a significant impact on our physical and psychological health. The more ACEs we are exposed to, the more at […]

Knowing When To Stop Is Just As Important As Never Giving Up

Knowing When To Stop Is Just As Important As Never Giving Up

Inspiration on never giving up, never quitting, going the extra mile, getting out of our comfort zone, reaching peak performance, maximizing our abilities and pushing, pushing, pushing. According to the new age philosophy of being an achiever, a go-getter, or otherwise “successful” there’s hardly time for rest outside of sleeping and you should never, ever […]

Can A Mother’s Trauma Affect Her Son?

Can A Mother’s Trauma Affect Her Son?

Trauma is generational, genetic, and experiential. A male child growing in the womb of a mother who has experienced trauma is likely to experience trauma in some way himself. Though some kind of a traumatic event may not be happening to him directly, he will be affected by the trauma which has affected his mother. […]

Two Ways To Stop Feeling Inadequate

Two Ways To Stop Feeling Inadequate

Trauma can cause us to develop a new set of insecurities and a new sense of inadequacy unlike any we have had before. We don’t feel like we belong to “everyone else” anymore because we have been through something which makes us feel distinctly different. Inadequacy is a matter of perspective and changing our perspective […]

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