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Is Sex Addiction a Response to Trauma?

Behavior cycles exhibited by people with sex addiction often connect to traumatic childhood experiences. This attachment-related trauma can continue to impair your ability to form interpersonal relationships. Such trauma could include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a parent or caregiver. It may also include neglect, leaving you feeling unworthy of affection, attention, and love.Read More

Understanding Dissociation

Dissociation is complicated, as it holds a lot of different connotations. For some, thinking of dissociation immediately leads to thoughts of “dissociative identity disorder.” However, the concept of dissociation encompasses much more than just this one aspect. To a degree, everyone experiences a level of dissociation, and it can be a very useful coping mechanismRead More

Can Adventure Therapy Help Diminish Cognitive Blocks to Treat Trauma?

If you have been struggling with trauma for a long time, you might have learned coping and defense mechanisms as early back as your childhood. Often, these coping and defense mechanisms translate into adulthood. However, when introducing alcohol or drugs, many of these mechanisms are masked by the substances’ escape and relief. This behavior createsRead More

Is Attachment Insecurity Hindering Your Love Life?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it is suggested that attachment insecurity begins during childhood. These attachment insecurities exhibit feelings of reluctance, dependence, and rejection. If you are involved in a bond that is contaminated by fear, this can result in various damaging psychological effects. It could even interfere with potential healthy relationshipsRead More

How Do You Recognize and Cope With Trauma in Teens?

Whether caused by a global pandemic, serious accident, violent crime, or natural disaster, a troubling event can cause traumatic stress in your children. Even children who are not directly affected can become traumatized when repeatedly exposed to horrific images of the event on news or social media. This trauma could cause your child an arrayRead More

How Trauma Influences Codependency

Many couples dealing with substance use disorders or trauma exhibit behaviors of codependency. This is especially true for the spouse who does not use drugs or alcohol. Although codependency can affect any relationship, it is especially damaging to relationships that include addiction. It is important to give patients tools that they can use to helpRead More

How Does Trauma Affect Our Lives?

Trauma has a profound effect on society because it does not discriminate. It can happen to people from all walks of life and from all demographics. Although trauma doesn’t affect each person the same, there are some ways that trauma affects our bodies and behaviors that tend to be more common. No matter how traumaRead More

Learning To Cope With the Effects of Trauma in the Workplace

The effects of anxiety, depression, panic, or PTSD can occur anywhere, including in the workplace. These symptoms can make it difficult to safely focus on one’s work. Nothing about coping with trauma is easy, and learning to manage the effects of one’s trauma while still in the workplace is an incredibly difficult task. Depending onRead More

The Art of Gift-Giving

The holidays present a number of unique and difficult hurdles for those in recovery. Anxieties can be high, as each individual prepares to cope with the stressors of the holidays, and the effects of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) can create greater feelings of isolation and depression. However, the holidays also create a unique opportunity toRead More