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Wearing a Mask Can Trigger Panic in Trauma Survivors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many public places — from stores to restaurants to schools and parks — are requiring people to wear masks. Unfortunately, this can be a surprising trigger for trauma survivors, especially if they were in a situation where they felt they could not breathe. To prevent this from happening and avoid additionalRead More

What is EMDR and how can EMDR help me recover from trauma?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1989 by Francine Shapiro. In EMDR, a therapist guides a client through a series of repetitive steps to help desensitize the client to their negative emotions while the client is experiencing “bilateral stimulation.” Bilateral stimulation involves rhythmic movements between the left and right sides of theRead More

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma

The idea of trauma being passed from generation to generation — also known as intergenerational trauma — originated in 1966 when psychologists studied children and their grandparents who were Holocaust survivors. This phenomenon occurs when trauma symptoms experienced in the past are passed down to your children when they are in a similar situation. BecauseRead More

What Are Alternative Trauma Treatments That I May Not Have Heard Of?

Everybody’s trauma is different. Even after experiencing similar events, each person responds to trauma differently. The impact of the traumatic experience is different for each person and your treatment plan may look different from others. If you have been impacted by traumatic experiences or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), take some time to exploreRead More

How Building Resilience Can Get You Through Trauma

We are all going through a tough time with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It may seem impossible to imagine moving on past the trauma you have already endured, especially right now while there is no end in sight. Resilience is the key to keeping yourself strong throughout trauma, so you can find happiness when thisRead More

Big T’s and Little T’s in Trauma

We know that trauma can have a lasting impact on any individual. However, it is typical to think of trauma as only happening to veterans or sexual assault survivors. While “big T” traumas are traumatic events that leave you to little or no control, there are also “little T” traumas that many people experience, andRead More

Having Sex After Sexual Assault

People who have gone through something as traumatic as sexual assault may experience consensual sex differently. For some, sex can trigger unsettling traumatic memories of their assault that leaves them depressed afterwards. For others, it may cause them to have a lot of sex without feelings of intimacy. By confronting your trauma, you should beRead More

Emotional Numbing

Emotional numbing is when you shut out your feelings after a traumatic event. It becomes a coping tool to avoid having to confront your feelings about what happened to you. While emotional numbing can provide you with temporary relief, avoiding confronting your feelings can lead to negative consequences in the future. Symptoms of Emotional NumbingRead More

How to Reconnect with Your Body After Trauma

Trauma has a way of making us wish we could switch bodies with someone, since the physical and psychological effects of trauma still stay with us—even years later. If you experienced a physical assault, the body can be a constant reminder. Part of our trauma is stored in our body, so it is important toRead More

Can I Change My Impulsive Nature?

Trauma-induced substance abuse can elevate impulsivity when a person engages in risky activities, such as stealing, self-injury, unprotected sex, binge drinking, intravenous drug use, or developing an eating disorder. These dangerous activities are based on a person’s impulsive nature to cope with the pain of trauma. They often do not realize they are suffering untilRead More