August 2023

How Does Current Stress Reactivate Past Trauma?

The world is filled with stressors from the war in Ukraine to severe weather, and wildfires. Not to mention interest rates and the economy. All of these single or combined stressors can influence our mood and destabilize our nervous system. Not only does current events cause us current stress, these situations can also activate past […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Loss of Identity

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can occur from a variety of scenarios. The Mayo Clinic highlights the various ways someone can sustain a TBI as: Motor vehicle accidents Aggression and/or violence Combat related experiences Falls Sports TBIs can also occur from within a person’s body from an internal infection or lack of oxygen. Navigating Life After

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Domestic Violence and Trauma

Domestic violence can occur at any point throughout a relationship. Domestic Violence can occur male to female, female to male, or partner to partner depending on the relationship. The Women Against Abuse website lists various forms of domestic violence that exist in our world. What is The Domestic Abuse Cycle? Psych Central details that there

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Social Media, Vicarious Trauma, and Mental Health

Social media and its involvement in our lives has exponentially increased since the early 2000s. From Instagram and Facebook to Tik-Tok and Snapchat. Our ability to consume live and worldwide content (both positive and/or negative) is at our fingertips. How Does A Person Experience Vicarious Trauma From Social Media? As long as we have an

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Maui, Hawaii, War in Ukraine, Trauma, and EMDR Therapy

What does the recent fire in Maui, Hawaii, and the war in Ukraine, have in common? Both of these situations carry various degrees of trauma. What is Trauma? Trauma is self-defined from person-to-person and can include either little ‘t’ or big ‘T’ traumas or both – which these situations all contain. How Does Trauma Occur?

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Neurodegenerative Diseases And Their Effects on Life

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that progresses over time, similar to that of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. These diseases typically target the neurons in the brain and spinal cord regions. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in common culture. As seen here, Sandra Bullock’s long-time partner recently passed after

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How Can Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy Help Me?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that has been gaining empirical evidence for the treatment of trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), depression, self-harm, and addiction. How Does EMDR Therapy Work? EMDR is unpinned by the Adaptive Information Process (AIP) system and theory. This theory

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