Suicide Ideation

It’s often not just one thing that causes someone to get lost in thoughts about suicide. Suicide ideation comes when one crisis melds into another. A difficult situation at home, then another at work along with an impossible-to-navigate relationship conflict. Everyday stress turned into overwhelming circumstances. Trauma that seems insurmountable.  When difficult situations threaten our emotional, mental, or physical well-being, …

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Do I Have Insomnia?

Definition of Insomnia The definition of Insomnia, for a particular person, has many facets and requires a close look at their sleep schedule over the short-term and long-term, as well as any stressful or traumatic events that may have triggered the disruption in their normal sleep patterns. Many of us have asked ourselves the question: “Do I Have Insomnia?”. Maybe …

Acute Stress Disorder – If You Have It, What Can You Do About It?

Car accidents. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Things that are out of our control take us by surprise, leaving us shell-shocked for days, weeks, or longer. These traumatic events and others like them cause significant stress and stir up feelings of helplessness, fear, and prolonged anxiety.  In the early 1990s, experts labeled those reactions “acute stress disorder” and put a time frame on …

Childhood Trauma

Trauma and Your Brain

The pandemic. Social unrest, natural disasters, war. You don’t have to look very far to see traumatic events that affect large numbers of people. More personal crises include divorce, death, abuse, violence, sexual assault and accidents. A traumatic event is any experience frightening, shocking or dangerous enough to affect someone physically and emotionally, whether they are part of the event …

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PTSD Examined: The Five Types of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The five types of PTSD require different treatment methods and vary greatly on how long the symptoms can last. PTSD is a multidimensional disorder with many different causes and outcomes. Originally, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was thought to be something only military service members and veterans faced. Now, we understand that this stress disorder can happen to anyone, especially …