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The Trauma Of Breaking Up

A broken heart has been the lament and inspiration of our entire lifetime as feeling-prone human beings. We were programmed to bond, to connect, to mate, to reproduce, and to stay bonded for a lifetime. Our ideals of romance, love, and partnership have changed significantly over time and the way we relate to romance, love,Read More

Breaking The Barrier: Taking Online Friendships Offline

Living in a modern digital age has its benefits as well as its discrepancies. Social media platforms like Facebook have given us the opportunity to feel closer than ever to friends, family, celebrities, public figures, and others all around the world. We can watch and witness the daily events of people in our lives withoutRead More

Facebook Friends: Reality And Relationship Problems

Facebook notifications have become a drug of choice for millions upon millions of adults around the world. Separated from old friends, constrained by the matters of distance, time, and availability, too many adults are suffering deeply from the disease of loneliness. When Facebook became a website available to more than college students, adults started findingRead More

Are You Being Love-Bombed?

Movies make it difficult to believe that someone going out of their way to shower someone with all of the affection, adoration, and attention in the world could possibly a bad, or even dangerous, thing. Of course, that depends on the movie you are watching. Too often, romance movies and romantic comedies glass over theRead More

The Friends You Need In Trauma Recovery

In celebration of August’s Friendship Day, we recently discussed the importance of having friends in trauma recovery. Through trauma treatment, we learn that life in recovery is not monotone. Instead, we are learning to flush out a bright, vivid, diverse palette in all areas of our lives. Our friends should be unique and support ourRead More

You Need Friends In Trauma Recovery

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside,” said the internationally recognized wise bear Winnie The Pooh. The adventurous, honey-loving bear was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997 by the United Nations. Pooh, as he is more affectionately regarded, understands the importance of friendship.Read More

Pride Month: When Coming Out Is Trauma

“The thing is, in many cases, mental illness and being queer go hand in hand,” writes Alexander Leon for The Guardian, “It’s an uncomfortable but important reality that LGBT youth are four times more likely to kill themselves than their heterosexual counterparts.” Leon cites that “more than half of individuals who identify as transgender experienceRead More

Remember That You’re Loved (and Lovable)

Trauma is, among many things, a teacher. Through trauma, we learn many lessons about ourselves, the world, and our place in the world. Some of those lessons are positive. Trauma can show us our strength, even when we don’t feel strong and our endurance even when we feel like giving up. Trauma can bring peopleRead More

How Do I Cope With A Breakup When I’m Recovering From Trauma?

Abandonment is something many people experience as their trauma. For many, just reading the word will put a clamp on their heart and extract the tears from their eyes. Being abandoned is remarkably, deeply painful emotionally. One of humankind’s greatest fears is being alone- stemming from an existential pondering which has never been answered withRead More