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Adults Need A Bedtime, According to Science

Adults Need A Bedtime, According to Science

Sleeptime is a privilege as an adult. We cherish our ability to take a rest, settle in for a good night’s sleep, and choose when we want to wake up, or how late we want to stay up the next night. Just like cheeky children who choose to disobey their parents’ rules and stay up […]

Why Do People Become Addicted to Benzodiazepines?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Benzodiazepines?

Alprazolam (Xanax). Clonazepam (Klonopin). Diazepam (Valium). Lorazepam (Ativan). If you’ve heard of any of these drugs before, you know a few types of drugs that fall under the class of benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are human-made products that depress nerves in the brain through the central nervous system and cause sedative effects. GABA, also known as gamma-aminobutyric […]

Mood Swings Matter

Mood Swings Matter

Everyone has a baseline for their emotional experiences. We are all prone to the occasional episode of being extremely upset or sad, as well as the occasional episode of being extremely happy and elated. Venturing off into the highest and lowest areas of our emotional range from our baseline is perfectly normal on occasion. People […]

Why Is Swallowing My Anger Bad?

Why Is Swallowing My Anger Bad?

In our last QA we discussed anger: where it comes from, how it functions, what’s beneath the surface of anger, and how it affects our lives. We talked about how people notice our anger whether our anger is outright or not.  Dry often, when our anger isn’t in full expression, it is the most noticeable. […]

Improve Your Focus With These Easy Steps

Improve Your Focus With These Easy Steps

In our previous blog, we discussed the ways trauma impacts the mind and body, as well as how the effects of trauma can cause difficulty concentrating. Find Your Distractions: You can’t start to work on concentration without discovering what it is that distracts you. More than likely you struggle from one of three kinds of […]

Where Does My Anger Come From?

Where Does My Anger Come From?

Everything we know about our anger, we learn from somewhere in our loves. Most often, we get our cues about anger from our parents and the people who have a for,stove role in raising us. We watch their reactions listen to the volume of their voice and the choice in their words. We watch them […]

How Trauma Influences Concentration

How Trauma Influences Concentration

Our focus and our ability to concentrate is vulnerable. Developing a laser-sharp focus and a bulletproof ability to concentrate takes time and practice. A difficulty in concentration can be more problematic than having a hard time focusing, like in a school environment. When your ability to concentrate is hampered, you can see the effects: Difficulty […]

What Do I Do When I’m Feeling Irritable?

What Do I Do When I’m Feeling Irritable?

Feeling irritated is irritating, plain and simple. You feel irritable, which makes everything around you feel irritable too. You don’t want to be bothered, but can’t help it, because everything is bothering you. You’re on edge, you’re uptight, you’re moody, and you’re just irritated. The most irritating part of being irritated is when you cannot […]

5 Ways To Practice Releasing Toxic Guilt

5 Ways To Practice Releasing Toxic Guilt

Guilt has an important function in our lives because guilt teaches us how to recognize right from wrong. Our guilt kicks in when we deeply believe or feel that we know what we have done is wrong. What differentiates guilt from the similar experience of shame is that shame causes us to not only feel […]

Will I Ever Be Able To Relax If I Have PTSD?

Will I Ever Be Able To Relax If I Have PTSD?

Hyperarousal and hypervigilance are two common symptoms of PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. When any system in our mind or body is hyper, it is excited, overstimulated and on edge. Hyper systems are acting more quickly and rashly than necessary, picking up every possible stimulus which occurs. For example, when our sympathetic nervous system is […]

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