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Pre-Cursors to Mental Illness: Warning Signs Your Mental Health Is Slipping

Pre-Cursors to Mental Illness: Warning Signs Your Mental Health Is Slipping

While mental health is something that everyone has, it can decline if proper self-care and maintenance strategies are not enforced in daily life. Many professionals struggle with this concept, because it requires time that seems to readily take away from business demands. The reality is that while it may take a few extra minutes of […]

Managing PTSD At Work

Managing PTSD At Work

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects thousands of people each year, and you are not alone. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, irritability, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and more, which can certainly have a major impact on your workplace performance. If this is the case, it’s important that you seek treatment from a reputable treatment center, and not […]

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 […]

Healing from Trauma Starts from Within

Healing from Trauma Starts from Within

There is so much pain that can be experienced in a lifetime, and those experiences can have a lasting impression on us. Traumatic events, whether experienced once or many times, can dampen our mind, body, and spirit if not treated accordingly. In an attempt to alleviate our anxieties, depression, anger, guilt and other uncomfortable feelings […]

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, […]

7 Ways to Incorporate Wellness into Your Busy Routine

7 Ways to Incorporate Wellness into Your Busy Routine

Between work, errands, family life, social relationships and more, it’s hard to focus on our mind, body, and spirit. Our personal journey to health often gets pushed aside as we try to conquer life, each day at a time – the more we dive into our responsibilities, the further this concept gets pushed to the […]

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 […]

Recovery Is Maintenance

Recovery Is Maintenance

A common misconception is that if you’re feeling better, you are better. Whether you’ve been working on your mental health recovery for a month or a year, it’s easy to set everything down and take a “break” from doing regular self-care activities, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, etc. when we’re feeling good. At times, […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Nurture Any Relationship You’re In

5 Ways to Nurture Any Relationship You’re In

As human beings, we crave nurturement through love, connection, and life purpose. Our relationships give us a sense of shared meaning, which further confirm our feelings of belonging. Relationships, whether friendship, familial, or romantic, are vital components to our mental health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Deepak Chopra, spiritual leader and world activist, once stated, “Whatever relationships […]

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 […]

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR is a leading treatment and therapy application for PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other manifestations of trauma. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing helps rewire painful, frustrating memories of the past to be less impactful and less haunting. Rather than live in a constant state of fight or flight due to the “living past”, EMDR […]

How Can Self Care Help With Trauma Symptoms?

How Can Self Care Help With Trauma Symptoms?

Trauma is a result of extreme stress being taken on the mind and the body as a dysfunction of the “fight or flight” survival response which occurs in the sympathetic nervous system. When we live with trauma, we are living in a state of stress because our stress systems, our stress responses, are in a […]

Could Doing Good Be Doing You Harm?

Could Doing Good Be Doing You Harm?

Charity work, volunteering, and supporting nonprofit organizations is considered a healthy, productive, healing part of life. Despite the various traumas and stressors we have to endure in our lives, we are considerably lucky. Most of us in the modern world have food, shelter, water, a semblance of health, and live relatively safe lives. Not all […]

Which Are The Best Self-Care Strategies For Trauma Recovery?

Which Are The Best Self-Care Strategies For Trauma Recovery?

Self-care looks different for everyone recovering from trauma because everyone recovers from trauma differently. Everyone’s specific needs in self-care are different because everyone’s symptoms and manifestations of trauma are different and specific to their experiences. However, underneath all of the specifics are some very basic general rules of thumb. In our previous QA, we discussed […]

Kick Summer FOMO To The Curb

Kick Summer FOMO To The Curb

Great expectations lead to great disappointments. Alexander Pope once said, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Summertime is supposed to be a time free of expectations and responsibilities, so that it can be full of possibility, spontaneity, and adventure. Sometimes, however, the expectation of having no expectations can come […]

Why Is Eating Disorder Recovery So Complex?

Why Is Eating Disorder Recovery So Complex?

None of us are born with the ideas of “fat” or “skinny”, “beautiful” or “ugly”, “better” or “worse”. Our ideals regarding body image and self-worth come from the world we are brought up in, from the way our parents talk about their own bodies to the messages created by the media we consume by the […]

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part Two

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part Two

Living in a seeking of secured certainty is not living in the present moment. Living in the present moment is really living in harmony with both the past, the present, and the future without avoiding or attaching to any one time state. We can be sure of what has happened in the past, but we […]

How Do I Reassure A Loved One With OCD?

How Do I Reassure A Loved One With OCD?

Thanks to the growing transparency of mental health conversations happening across the internet on mainstream websites, there is a greater understanding of OCD growing. Obsessive compulsive disorder is considered an anxiety disorder and is characterized by two components: obsessive, intrusive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors which are often both repetitive as well as ritualistic. The compulsive […]

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part One

Learning To Cope In A World Of Uncertainty: Part One

Pema Chodron is a Tibetan Buddhist Monk who has authored many popular self-help books rooted in her Buddhist roots. In Comfortable With Uncertainty, Chodron examines many different Buddhist principles and practices which help us release our attachment to what ultimately, as it is phrased in Buddhism, causes suffering. “The root of suffering,” Chodron explains, “is […]

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the United States conducted the study, which was published in The Journal of Neuroscience, reports Newsweek. Over 350 monkeys, specifically younger ones were used for the study. Since anxiety in childhood is a predictor of mental illness in adulthood, researchers wanted to […]

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

What Is The Difference Between Worrying And Anxiety?

The words “anxious” and “anxiety” are frequently misused in our society, replacing what should be “worry” or “nervous”. Though being worried and feeling nervous are two extremely common symptoms of anxiety, experiencing these two feeling-states is not necessarily an indication of anxiety. Worry and nervousness can be standalone emotional experiences outside of anxiety. Too often, […]

Could Hallucinogens Be A Treatment For Depression And Anxiety?

Could Hallucinogens Be A Treatment For Depression And Anxiety?

When hallucinogens became a counter cultural trend in the 1960s, they were serving a spiritual purpose, if not an entirely recreational one. Many factions of the 1960s counterculture felt that hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and “magic mushrooms” among others were the gateway to higher consciousness. Taking a “trip” on these mind altering, hallucinatory drugs was […]

Permission Granted: Removing Trauma From Your Life

Permission Granted: Removing Trauma From Your Life

It is said that the disease of alcoholism is progressive. Alcoholism is one of the many ways untreated trauma can manifest in our lives. Trauma itself, as well as in all of its forms, is also progressive. Without intervention and treatment, without developing a manner of living in trauma recovery, we allow the effects of […]

Do Successful People Experience Depression?

Do Successful People Experience Depression?

One of the greatest myths which prevail in our lives is the myth of being without. We are constantly programmed to believe that we are missing something, something which could make us better, make our lives better, or make us happier. This myth leads us to believe that while are are missing something, other people […]

Change Is Contagious, But Not Guaranteed

Change Is Contagious, But Not Guaranteed

Making the decision to enter trauma recovery and take the negative effects of trauma out of your life has quantum effects. Such large life decisions carry weight which effect the entire world around you, as well as all of the people in your life. It may seem far-fetched, but it is a proven truth for […]

Somatic Experiencing: How The Therapy Works To Heal Trauma

Somatic Experiencing: How The Therapy Works To Heal Trauma

In our previous blog post, we discussed the body’s role in trauma, how traumatic events affect the body, and the importance of healing the body in trauma recovery. We also looked at the difference between animals’ ability to process stress hormones versus the human ability to process stress hormones and how that difference leads humans […]

Am I Addicted To Hurrying?

Am I Addicted To Hurrying?

There’s no doubt that the modern digital age has presented us with a fast-paced world. We are more inclined to be in a rush than we are to slow down and take our time. In part, that is the fault of digital technology. Not too many years ago, we lived without text messaging, picture messaging, […]

Secret-Keeping Keeps You Sick

Secret-Keeping Keeps You Sick

“Secrets keep you sick” is one of the repeated adages of living in recovery, be it from addiction, trauma, or any other affliction of mental health. The theme song of the popular American television show, Pretty Little Liars sums up the punishment of keeping secrets succinctly. “Why when we do our darkest deeds do we […]

How Do I Survive A Panic Attack?

People often confuse anxiety and panic. Understandably, panic and anxiety are easy to confuse. Panic disorder falls under the general category of anxiety disorders. Panic attacks can be a symptom of anxiety or occur as a standalone event of anxiety. There is, however, a distinct difference between anxiety and panic. Though both an anxiety and […]

What Are The Signs Of A High Functioning Personality Disorder?

What Are The Signs Of A High Functioning Personality Disorder?

In our previous Q&A, we discussed the possibility of a high functioning personality disorder and how, even though you are fully functioning in the responsibilities of your life, the underlying trauma which likely contributed to your personality disorder developing, needs to be addressed. Even with the most successful, thriving life, there is still an undercurrent […]

Addiction, According To Simon Pegg

Addiction, According To Simon Pegg

We’re living in an age of growing honesty and transparency when it comes to the experience of our mental health. Collectively, we’ve realized that our struggles can no longer stay silenced. Sharing our stories helps us heal and inspires others to find healing for themselves. Increasingly, celebrities are speaking up about their experiences with mental […]

Childhood Trauma Lasts Generations

Childhood Trauma Lasts Generations

When we experience trauma in our childhoods, we are affected for a lifetime. Until recently, little consideration has been given to the expiration of the effects of trauma. We have assumed that trauma stops with the ending of an individual’s life. We have realized that the effects of trauma on a parent can affect a […]

What Should I Do To Support Someone Living With Depression?

What Should I Do To Support Someone Living With Depression?

Our innate reaction to someone living with depression is simple. We want to make them feel “better”. Society has taught us to always feel and pursue happiness to the point that we often see sadness as a threat- as if someone else being sad might threaten our own ability to be sad or even humans […]

Can Virtual Reality Help With Eating Disorder Recovery?

Can Virtual Reality Help With Eating Disorder Recovery?

In our previous blog, we discussed the complexity of eating disorders, their relationship to trauma, and the challenge of creating a successful, sustainable eating disorder recovery lifestyle. We noted that being immersed in a world which thrives on messaging about food, body, and those relationships, is extremely challenging. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on […]

Can Anxiety Work In Our Favor?

Can Anxiety Work In Our Favor?

We often talk about anxiety as if it were something that was designed to punish us. Anxiety gets in the way of our confidence, our ability to complete our tasks, to chase our dreams, to be intimate with others, and to take risks. There are certainly a number of negatives to anxiety, but there can […]

Why Unresolved Trauma Causes Problems

Why Unresolved Trauma Causes Problems

You are experiencing symptoms which seem out of the ordinary. Perhaps you have a cold, a stuffy nose, back pain, stomach pain, dizziness, or fluctuating moods which don’t seem normal. The symptoms themselves are mostly unimportant, though they will be helpful to the doctor. More importantly, you are experiencing something that isn’t right. These symptoms […]

How Can I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

How Can I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

In our previous blog, we discussed the necessity of “keeping it simple” as a way to create a foundation for coping with the incomprehensible complexity of trauma. Here, we look at different ways we can incorporate simple practices into our daily lives. Stay Present Staying present in the moment of now is one of the […]

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

We see a wounded warrior on their last ounce of strength, tired of fighting, tired of persevering, and desperately seeking relief. This warrior is not a veteran of physical combat in a war zone, so to speak. Battles have been fought. Injuries have been sustained. Great losses have taken place. This brave and courageous individual […]

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

We see a wounded warrior on their last ounce of strength, tired of fighting, tired of persevering, and desperately seeking relief. This warrior is not a veteran of physical combat in a war zone, so to speak. Battles have been fought. Injuries have been sustained. Great losses have taken place. This brave and courageous individual […]

Why Should I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

Why Should I Keep It Simple In Trauma Recovery?

Mockingjay Part 1 starts with the main character, Katniss Everdeen, hiding in a stairwell. Having just survived a second round of fighting for her life in what was called The Hunger Games, she was struggling with severe PTSD including nightmares, flashbacks, and somatic symptoms. We hear her say to herself that she needs to keep […]