Trauma

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What It Means to ‘’Re-Experience’’ a Traumatic Event

You may have heard of the term “re-experiencing, “a sequence of trauma-related symptoms that some people experience after a stressful or traumatic event. A person presenting with re-experiencing symptoms may be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition caused by a profoundly traumatic or stressful experience.  However, not everyone who experiences trauma will develop …

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What Is Meant by Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Many people experience dissociation at some stage. During a dissociative episode, you might be aware of what is happening to you or be confused or shocked by your symptoms. This experience can be frightening as various (unpleasant) symptoms are linked to dissociation, a mental health condition often triggered by a stressful or traumatic event. Feeling …

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Does Trauma Always Lead To Addiction?

For people with addictions, whether substance abuse or process addictions, understanding the various pathways that lead to addictive behaviours is critical to getting proper treatment and support. The connection between trauma and addiction Awareness of substance abuse is one of the keys to helping people understand what causes them to drink, take illicit drugs, or …

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The Trauma Behind Substance Addiction

Drugs and Escapism: The Trauma Behind Substance Addiction

For those with traumatic histories, escaping or forgetting painful memories from the past can seem like an attractive option. Although many people often use drugs and alcohol socially and recreationally, some use substances to escape, a way to numb or forget painful memories, feelings, and emotions. The link between trauma and addiction Much scientific literature …

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What is EMDR therapy, and how does it work

If you’ve ever experienced traumatic stress, you’ll likely be aware of its effects on the body and mind. Traumatic events can disrupt our inner worlds, adversely changing how we perceive ourselves and the people around us. Traumatic memories After a traumatic event, a world that used to feel safe may begin to feel scary and …

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The best treatment interventions for emotional trauma

Trauma can profoundly impact many aspects of your life, but healing is possible. Fortunately, many trauma treatment interventions can guide you toward long-term recovery. Essentially, no matter how challenging the situation might be, your trauma does not have to define your future. A traumatic event Traumatic events can leave us feeling vulnerable and unsafe in …

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Seven ways to survive a narcissistic parent

Children of narcissistic parents tend to suffer intensely, and for the most part, they also suffer alone. People who grew up with narcissistic parents are likely to blame themselves for their caregivers’ actions and behaviours, leading to low self-esteem and mental health challenges in later life. What is narcissism? A narcissistic personality disorder is one …

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Is perfectionism a trauma response?

There is some evidence within the research community to suggest that perfectionism is a response to trauma, particularly from the psychological wounds arising from childhood trauma. Emotional trauma Perfectionism is especially prevalent in those who experienced childhood trauma, particularly if a child’s parents or caregivers withheld love or affection. In the above instance, children are …

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What is the difference between PTSD and C-PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the acronym used to describe PTSD – a mental health condition triggered by traumatic events. Such events might occur in isolation (single event trauma) or be chronic (repeated trauma). Complex PTSD stands for complex post-traumatic stress disorder and refers to a type of developmental trauma that occurs over long periods, often …

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