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Secondary Trauma: Absorbing the Pain of Your Loved One

Experiencing a traumatic event is enough to leave anyone shaken but sometimes that shaken feeling sticks around. It develops into a condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something that most people today are aware of. Whether they understand the true impact that PTSD can have, they recognize that it’s oftentimes a debilitating condition. But what

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PTSD Awareness: Why should we care?

By Dr. Arthur Chen, PsyD As we turn to the calendar to June this year, 2020 has been by all accounts, a difficult and challenging year. It is safe to say, “Most people are more stressed than normal.”

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How does stress affect us?

Do you ever think about the symptoms that are associated with stress and how they may be affecting your body and your behavior? For most of us, the answer is no. But when we have that chronic headache or insomnia or lack of appetite, it could be because of our stress.

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The Difference between Type I Trauma and Type II Trauma

Trauma is a word used quite liberally in everyday language, typically to identify a highly stressful event.  When we speak about trauma in the clinical sense, we are referring to an event that has completely overwhelmed an individual’s capacity to cope and this, of course, is entirely defined by the survivor. 

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Suicide is on the rise. Is mental illness to blame?

Although global suicide rates have declined nearly a third since 1990, they are on the rise in the United States. According to data released in June 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US suicide rates are at their highest level since World War II.  Rates have increased an average 1% a

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Do I have PTSD?

It is normal to feel stress, anger, and depression after a traumatic event, such as the recent one in Pittsburgh.  After such an event, some people may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, PTSD symptoms may begin later, or may come and go over time. Of those who experience a traumatic event in their

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Understanding Trauma and PTSD

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

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Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

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

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Is EMDR Beneficial for Treating Trauma and PTSD?

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

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When to Seek Help for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

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What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability.

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Three Important Skills you could Develop from Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a staple treatment method that is offered at most mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. This method of treatment is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and was originally created to treat individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. However, DBT has also been

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