Could childhood trauma, abuse or neglect be the root cause of your substance abuse or unhappiness in adulthood? Learn how to recognize adult symptoms of complex childhood traumas and learn what types ...
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Part 1 of a 2-part article on how childhood trauma leads to lifelong challenges – like addiction and other mental and behavioral health problems. Also, how to know if childhood trauma affects someone you love.
Drugs have been used to facilitate psychotherapy. MDMA has such a history and such a potential. What is MDMA, how is it used, and why might it be effective?
Feeling stressed and anxious after a disaster is normal. Here is some information on what feelings are normal after a disaster, with tips on managing and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety - and also, information on when to get professional help for serious stress or mental health symptoms.
How well does EMDR really work to treat PTSD? Read on to see a review of some of the latest research evidence on the effectiveness of EMDR and other treatments for PTSD.
Like seeing eye dogs but for those suffering from PTSD symptoms, service dogs are ever vigilant so you don’t have to be, they are trained to wake you from nightmares, block others from intruding into your personal space, watch your back and even give you a doggy hug during moments of intense anxiety. While there is little research on the relatively new idea of pairing those with PTSD with service dogs, those who are already benefiting from this canine companionship say it makes a world of difference – that it can be a literal lifesaver.
A guide to how children feel and act after experiencing a disaster and what parents can do to minimize fear and other harms.
Watching the devastation in Haiti, worrying intensely about the well being of affected friends or family or grieving the loss of loved ones can be very tough for anyone; and stress disorders are a legitimate risk, even for people only watching the tragedy on TV – but for those with an existing mental heath disorder, the risks of PTSD are even greater.
Although the closer you are and the more directly affected by a traumatic event the greater your risk of a stress disorder like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people who witness very traumatic events can also experience stress disorders, as can people who only watch the events unfold on TV.
Many of us know someone deeply affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Even thousands of miles from the devastation, we can see the pain and worry in the faces of those we care about as they watch and wonder, or grieve, friends and family left behind in Port au Prince.
People who survived the earthquake in Haiti, whether in or out of Haiti, may be at risk of survivor guilt, which can be one symptom of a stress disorder.
While few things hurt like the sudden loss of a loved one, grief is a necessary and ultimately healthy process. Unfortunately, people who lose family and friends to disasters may be at an increased risk of a disorder known as traumatic or complicated grief.