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Understanding Trauma Bonding and How to Find Healing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 41% of women and 26% of men in the United States have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Further, 61 million women and 53 million men have experienced physiological aggression from an intimate partner. Moreover, in Child Physical Abuse and Neglect by Casey L. BrownRead More

Learning to Communicate After Developmental Trauma

When we are children, our minds are like sponges, easily absorbing the experiences and feelings around us. When children are exposed to trauma, it can leave a lasting imprint with disastrous effects. Trauma exposure can even affect a person’s ability to communicate. The first step towards learning how to communicate after developmental trauma is toRead More

Understanding the Connection Between Schizophrenia and Trauma

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 24 million or one in 300 people experience schizophrenia symptoms worldwide. Schizophrenia is not as common as other mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. However, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) notes, despite its lower prevalence, schizophrenia is in the top 15 leading causes of disabilityRead More

Can Addiction Be a Coping Mechanism for Trauma?

It’s not uncommon for trauma survivors to also struggle with addiction. Some people may turn to substances as a coping mechanism to self-medicate. Others may not even realize that trauma has contributed to their addiction. Fortunately, this cycle can be broken with the proper treatment and care. Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction According to “TraumaticRead More

Can Regulating the Nervous System Reduce OCD Symptoms Related to Trauma?

Trauma is a condition that can affect the body just as much as the mind. If you’re struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) due to trauma, regulating the nervous system is crucial. The Nervous System According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nervous system “plays a role in nearly every aspect of our healthRead More

What to Do When No One Believes Your Trauma

Experiencing a traumatic event is catastrophic enough. When no one believes your trauma, it can become even more damaging. With the right tools and treatment, you will be able to re-discover strength within yourself and set boundaries around unsupportive people. What Is Trauma? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), traumaRead More

The Connection Between Trauma and Disordered Eating

Millions of Americans are affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. This dangerous, self-destructive behavior can have many root causes, but trauma is the most common. When you understand the connection between trauma and disordered eating, you can begin the healing process. What Is an Eating Disorder? According to the NationalRead More

Grieving the Person You Were Before Trauma

  Trauma can drastically change how you think, feel, and appear in the world. It’s very common to grieve for the person you were before trauma. This cycle of grief is entirely normal. However, with the right tools, you can find deep inner healing and rediscover your purpose in the world. The Cycle of GriefRead More

Ways to Avoid Re-Traumatizing Yourself in Recovery

Trauma is not something you can undo or pretend has not impacted the way you think, feel, and move through the world. For example, if you have experienced sexual abuse, you may feel an overwhelming amount of stress in situations such as undergoing a medical exam or changing clothes in a dressing room. Thus, yourRead More

How Trauma Impacts the Nervous System

We often hear about the mental, emotional, and even physical toll that trauma can have on a person. What is sometimes less known is the fact that all of these effects can be traced back to the nervous system. In fact, trauma is often considered a disease of the nervous system. What Is Trauma? TheRead More