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What to Do If You Are Coping With Family Trauma

Traumatic events can happen to anyone, and the aftermath can be difficult to cope with, especially when the event in question involves a family member. Traumatic events are frightening and often life-threatening or violent, and trauma can cause devastating effects on a family. In the aftermath of traumas such as death, abuse, or disaster, families…

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What Is a Complex PTSD Treatment Center?

Most people are at least passingly familiar with PTSD and recognize the difficulties it entails. However, when several traumas are experienced over an extended period, this can result in acutely disruptive and intense symptoms outside the scope of what is seen in conventional PTSD. This variant of PTSD is termed complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,…

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Can Domestic Violence Cause Depression?

Domestic violence is a tragic and traumatic experience that leaves long-lasting scars. Though sometimes the damage of domestic violence is physical, the mental and emotional damage it leaves is just as significant. Studies have indicated that experiencing domestic violence, whether physical or psychological, significantly increases rates of depression among both women and men. People who…

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How Does PTSD Affect the Brain?

If you or someone you love has recently experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, it can have a dramatic effect on your psyche. Seemingly, the world itself may have seemed to change. You may have trouble focusing, experience flashbacks or nightmares regularly, or feel like you’re constantly on edge. These symptoms may indicate that you…

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What Are the Signs of PTSD?

As per the American Psychiatric Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 3.5 percent of American adults. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced traumatic events. A person with PTSD may experience disturbing thoughts and feelings that take them back to when they encountered the traumatic event. In severe cases,…

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How to Recover from an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse is often tragically overlooked. It can be difficult to recognize initially since the boundaries can sometimes be less clear than physical or sexual abuse. However, emotional abuse is serious and can have long-lasting emotional effects. Emotional abuse can leave an indelible impact on your psyche and impact your future relationships, friendships, self-esteem, and…

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Self-Destructive Behavior and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that arises as a response to acutely traumatic experiences. Those who live with PTSD have significantly altered mental states as a result of the trauma, which can lead to behaviors such as severe anxiety, intense fear, or hyper-aggression. While these behaviors are sometimes directed outwards,…

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Your Family History and Your Mental Health

Your family history can pose important effects on your mental health, effects that all too often go unacknowledged. As we learn more and more about mental illness, it has become increasingly clear that some mental health disorders could have a genetic component. In addition, a mental illness in a family member can create additional environmental…