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Take a look at the impact of traumatic events in childhood

The Cognitive Impact of Childhood Traumatic Events

During childhood, we each experience countless events. These can range from mundane to extreme. The events that fall into an extreme category can play a major role in how we live our lives. When such events are negative or traumatic, they are known as adverse childhood experiences or ACEs. Every child has ups and downs. …Read the rest…

Read more about adverse childhood experiences and how you can help victims now.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: What ACE Victims Need ...

In most cases, the word “ace” gives off a positive — even powerful — energy. But when it’s the acronym for adverse childhood experiences, ACE becomes ugly and sad. The acronym evokes trauma, violence, abuse, and the long-term negative impact they can impose on a young person’s life. ACE victims need a wide and ongoing …Read the rest…

Read more about the health affects of adverser childhood events.

Aftershocks: Understanding Adverse Childhood Events a...

There’s a deep, shattering connection between adverse childhood events and health. You might sum up that connection in a word: aftershocks. The growing number of children who undergo traumatic episodes experience pain and fear during those episodes. Adverse childhood events (or ACEs) range from physical assault to witnessing domestic abuse to living in the midst …Read the rest…

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Getting Sleep While Grieving

Our sleep is a delicate matter. We all know that keeping up with quality sleep is a critical component to our overall health and well-being, but sometimes life gets in the way of things and disrupts our usual sleeping patterns. In stressful or busy periods of our lives, sleep becomes more challenging to prioritize. Other …Read the rest…

Learn more about how EMDR can help in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Recovery

How EMDR Aids Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

The healing steps towards complex post-traumatic stress disorder recovery can be varied and many. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is an increasingly common psychological disorder. Often, treatment for complex PTSD may involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and other forms of therapy, including: Dialectical behavior therapy Exposure therapy Psychodynamic therapy Internal family systems therapy …Read the rest…

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Holidays On your Own? What You Can Do to Cope with Lo...

This season, with its emphasis on seasonal magic, goodwill, and togetherness, has a way of reviving heartbreak and deepening the longing for a lasting or lost relationship. As you navigate alone old traditions and gatherings, you may feel sad, angry, or depressed. You may feel unable to tap into the hope and happiness plotted in …Read the rest…

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What is It? How Does It Work?

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What...

When you’ve been troubled by the same problems for years and previous therapy hasn’t been very helpful, don’t give up hope. It might just be time to consider a new form of therapy. Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. If you’re not familiar with dialectical behavior …Read the rest…

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PTSD: Recognize the Signs and Learn How to Overcome I...

What is Trauma? When we undergo something negative, our brains make an adaptive connection to explanatory information to help us turn the experience into something more positive, like a learning experience. This adaptive process is what enables us to“get over” or “work through” our feelings. But when an experience is extremely negative for us, our …Read the rest…

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Learning to Live With a Chronic Illness and Your R...

If you live with a chronic illness, or if you were suddenly and permanently disabled, you’re not alone. Chronic illness and permanent disabilities are a fact of life for millions of people. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is also one of the hardest: accept that things are forever changed. …Read the rest…

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Understanding Unresolved Grief: What is It? What are ...

The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Ike hitting Galveston and Houston in 2008, or the repeated wildfire blazes in California – all examples of devastating events that cost a lot of lives and caused massive loss and grief for many. In today’s world, there are more things aside from old-age that …Read the rest…

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotion...

Grounding Techniques Grounding techniques are a set of tools used to assist you to stay in the present moment during episodes of intense anxiety or other overwhelming emotions. Staying in the present moment allows people to feel safe and in-control by focusing on the physical world and how they experience it. Grounding techniques are useful …Read the rest…

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Childhood Emotional Neglect or Trauma: You Can Overco...

You’re an adult. But deep down inside you carry with you a hurt that seems to be etched into your mind and heart. All too often, you feel hollow and empty within, as if something is missing, but you have no idea what. And at times, rejection hits you so hard that you feel like …Read the rest…

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When Grief Won’t Let Go, Grief Counseling Can Pull ...

In 2015, more than 23,000 people died in the city of Houston alone – leaving a vastly greater number of people grieving their loss. While it isn’t the only cause of grief, death is the chief one. The more significant the loss – someone especially close to you – the more intense the grief will …Read the rest…


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