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Turning Hopelessness Into Power

Turning Hopelessness Into Power

“Hopelessness is often the self-edification that leads to great discovery or advancement,” writes Chris Herd on Medium in his article “How to Overcome Hopelessness and Achieve Great things with your Life”. His words carry considerable weight. Hopelessness is a state of emotional experiencing which causes us to feel heavy yet vacuous like we have nothing […]

What Do I Do When Unexpected Memories Pop Up?

What Do I Do When Unexpected Memories Pop Up?

In our last two blogs, we’ve covered the topic of unexpected memories when living with trauma or in trauma recovery. We’ve discussed the way traumatic moments impact the brain and cause information to compartmentalize when there is no room for processing it. Even though we don’t always know that we have memories stored deep away […]

When Helplessness Is Learned

When Helplessness Is Learned

A mother is sitting in her favorite chair. With a faint whimper in her voice, she asks her child, “Please go get a glass of water for Mommy.” She may or may not offer a reason why she can’t get up and get it herself. Perhaps she’s tired. Perhaps her back hurts. Perhaps she simply […]

Why Do Unexpected Memories Pop Up In Trauma Recovery?

Why Do Unexpected Memories Pop Up In Trauma Recovery?

Living with unresolved trauma can sometimes feel like we are being punished by our own mind. We get triggered and uncomfortable. We have physical sensations overtake our being which feel out of our control. We have thoughts we don’t enjoy. We might develop eating disorders, mental disorders, psychiatric disorders, and more. Our mind under the […]

Risk-Taking Isn’t Always A Problem

Risk-Taking Isn’t Always A Problem

Whether we are brand new to the idea of recovery or seasoned veterans of the recovery lifestyle, our attachment to the idea of risk-taking may still be influenced by a small bit of fear. Trauma can take many forms in our lives, some of which cause us to take risks which put our lives, our […]

Will Treatment Help Me Access My Memories?

Will Treatment Help Me Access My Memories?

Trauma is overwhelming to the mind and body. The reality of what is happening in a traumatic moment is incomprehensible to our brain. Our sense of reality, safety, and security are shattered in the same instant that chaos, urgency, and life-threatening danger could be taking place. Even though we aren’t capable of fully processing trauma […]

Compulsions And Trauma

Compulsions And Trauma

We have a deeply ingrained need to survive and we have a quick impulse which allows us to act in a second’s notice in order to protect our livelihood. Compulsions, however, are a bit different from our survival impulses. The difference between a compulsive behavior and an impulsive behavior is resistance and want. An impulsive […]

Abusing Alcohol to Cope with Stress or Unwanted Feelings

Abusing Alcohol to Cope with Stress or Unwanted Feelings

Imagine the following: It’s been a long day at work, and you decide to go out for drinks with your colleagues. You have a few glasses and go home to drink some more. You’ve been stressed out lately, and you just wanted something to take the edge off. Your significant other is concerned about you, […]

What Is The Difference Between Guilt And Shame?

What Is The Difference Between Guilt And Shame?

You’ve done something terrible to someone you care deeply about. At first, you feel guilt. You know you have done something wrong which has hurt someone you would never want to hurt. You are mostly, if not entirely, responsible for what has happened. The responsibility of causing pain toward others causes you guilt. You feel […]

Returning To Work After Treatment

Returning To Work After Treatment

There’s a lot of work that goes into formal treatment, but it doesn’t stop there. As a professional, you have to stay on top of your mental health, especially so that you can continue towards your path to recovery. Treatment is not a “quick fix” or a “solution” to a problem, but rather a pit […]

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