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PTSD/Trauma

Understanding Trauma and PTSD

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018

by: Yehudah Alcabes LCSW, CSAT, CASAC-G, EMDR

There are several misconceptions about PTSD and trauma in general, with many associating it with combat or shell shock. People often imagine a stoic war veteran who appears frozen in time. While this is undoubtedly accurate, today, we have a deeper and more complex understanding of trauma, and it’s a long-term effect. Our understanding of trauma has extended too many other experiences that can have a direct impact on individuals functioning even decades later. Simply put, any experience that one feels extremely unsafe (physically or emotionally) becomes difficult for the brain to process correctly and can have long-term effects on daily functioning. (more…)

Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

Thursday, 1 March, 2018

By: Lyndsey Karns, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Self-injury or self-mutilation, a seemingly paradoxical coping mechanism, has been widely misunderstood by the public and to some degree by mental health and medical professionals as it relates to trauma and dissociation.  Self-injury can manifest in several forms and degrees of severity, with the object and goal to experience physical pain or discomfort by inflicting bodily harm.  Cutting is the most commonly thought of form of self- injury, but it can include scratching, pinching, hair pulling, punching objects, headbanging, and burning.  Despite its common association with Borderline Personality Disorder, self-injury is not indicative of any specific mental illness or the presence of any mental illness at all. (more…)

Is EMDR Beneficial for Treating Trauma and PTSD?

Wednesday, 2 August, 2017

At some point in our life, we will experience a form of trauma.  Often unforeseen, these events can begin and end in an instant or emerge over time.  Traumatic events can affect us for the rest of our lives.  Many people who experience a traumatic event will recover from the symptoms naturally, however; those who continue to experience symptoms are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Affecting over 7.7 million adults, PTSD is often seen in victims of sexual assault and military veterans. Children can also have PTSD after a traumatic event and may withdraw from friends, refuse to talk or experience frequent stomach aches. (more…)

Lifeskills South Florida offers Individualized Treatment for Military Veterans

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom.  We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime.  The issues that veterans struggle with are real, and they vary from person to person. At Lifeskills South Florida, we are proud to provide therapeutic services to veterans.  On average, many our veterans suffer from co-occurring issues, such as some form of substance or alcohol abuse with an additional diagnosis of either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. (more…)

When to Seek Help for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Monday, 19 June, 2017

As a society, we are becoming more familiar and unfortunately accustomed to devastating mass violence events taking place at home and abroad.  However, we see the images flash across the screen of our televisions and social media pages, but many times, we forget the toll events of this magnitude take on one’s mental health. (more…)

The Suicide Trap

Thursday, 10 September, 2015

Have you ever interacted with someone who on the outside appears happy, collected and participating in life, only to find out they have attempted suicide? What the person did not show

was the inside, where they are in tremendous pain and suicide had become an option. People with this idea are usually waiting for the right time to execute their plan, because they feel

helplessly trapped and overwhelmed by suicidal thoughts. (more…)

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