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“Traumatic Hysteria” No More: How PTSD Became a Medical Diagnosis

More than 3,000 years ago, ancient soldiers in Mesopotamia thought they were being haunted by ghosts, but what they were really experiencing was post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. PTSD affects soldiers and civilians alike in that they experience intrusive symptoms after witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event. It took hundreds of years forRead More

What Are Some Ways That I Can Quickly Calm Myself Down When I Feel Upset?

Take a breath! The power of breathing cannot be understated. Since ancient times, people have been using breathing exercises as a way to reduce stress and clear the mind of negative thoughts. Holistic and whole-self therapeutic approaches, like yoga and meditation, use breathing exercises to train the mind to focus. The best thing about usingRead More

From Trauma to Growth

The way we handle traumatic events can have a huge impact on our decisions and how we move forward with our lives. On the flip side, the terrible experiences we have been through can also create many positive changes. With help, we can learn to appreciate our lives more as survivors and find a newRead More

What Are Some Ways to Treat Grief?

Grief is a common feeling that most people experience at some point in their lives. Grief refers to an emotional reaction to any type of loss. Loss can mean different things for everyone and can impact everyone in unique ways. Everyone deals with grief in their own way. Some people may experience a similar loss,Read More

Treat Others With the Kindness You Want Returned

There is so much rudeness in the world today. Many of us grew up with the saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated.” However, not many people take note of this saying and act upon it. From strangers cutting you off on the road to a person hiding behind their keyboard, thoseRead More

New Study Shows the Ineffectiveness of Trigger Warnings

A trigger warning is an alert that warns you of any text or disturbing content that may remind you of your traumatic experience. But a new study reveals that having warning labels at the beginning of books, movies, and television shows may not provide any help to those who have experienced trauma, making it difficultRead More

What Is Trauma and Is My Trauma Experience Different Than Others?

  Trauma is broadly defined as a single life event, a series of life events, or on-going life events that create a negative impact on your life. Trauma can distort how we view the world around us. Often, following trauma, people view the world as an unpredictable and unsafe place. Trauma can also affect theRead More

Managing Trauma During a Protest

The killing of George Floyd and other Black men has inspired many people to voice their outrage and show their support for change by participating in protests. You may be interested in participating in a protest yourself. But what if you are a survivor of trauma, who would likely be triggered by crowds of screamingRead More

Pathways to Addiction

One thing to keep in mind is that there is no single pathway to addiction. Many things come together for an addiction to happen. The more we know about addictions, however, the more we can learn how to treat the disease. Because addiction is just that: a disease. It’s not something that anyone asks for.Read More