Tag: Trauma

Why Attachment Is a Key Factor in Your Mental Health

Attachment affects our social and emotional wellbeing — our confidence, our ability to get on with others, even our ability to identify a career path. How can attachment be that important? Attachment is designed to help us survive. It helps us relate to our caregivers and by doing so ensures that we remain in proximity […]

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Podcast: Sandy Hook: Community Healing After a Large-Scale Trauma

Everyone remembers the disturbing images from the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012 after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 first-grade children.  It was traumatic for all of us, but what was it like to actually be a member of that community?  Today’s guest, Melissa Glaser, worked for 20 months as a coordinator […]

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Is Past Trauma Affecting Your Relationship?

Secure vs Insecure Attachment Styles If our parents or main caregivers responded to our needs in predictable and supportive ways while we were growing up, we were likely to develop a secure attachment style.2 Secure attachment is the result of our understanding that we were worthy of love and we can depend on those around […]

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PTSD: Dealing with the Boom of July 4th

Our military service members who courageously fought on our behalf, often return with an inability to celebrate this holiday, given the incapacitating nature of their symptoms. In order to help those who helped us, here are some suggestions in case you or someone you know has returned from deployment to help make it through this […]

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Podcast: Family on the Run: A Story of Delusional Disorder

When Pauline Dakin was 10 years old, her mother took the family into hiding to escape imminent danger.  Fifteen years later, Pauline was told that they were on the run from the mafia.  At first, accepting of this explanation, Pauline’s doubts grew until she could no longer deny the truth: that there was no danger […]

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Cyberbullying: The Psychological Effects on Teens

Here a few things to consider about cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is easier to commit than traditional acts of bullying because the perpetrator doesn’t have to confront the victim in person. It can also be perpetrated anonymously, so victims often don’t know who is targeting them. Perpetrators get to operate outside the view of adults making it […]

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Trauma Informed Care: How CBT & Mindful Awareness Are Key Factors in Repairing the Brain

The person who experienced trauma is said to be stuck in “trauma time” and may also be emotionally reactionary when something triggers them, which is called a “trauma response.” When a person continues to feel trauma, the brain stays in a disassociated state until they are able to re-integrate the two parts of the brain […]

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‘Where Is My Mommy? She’s Gone’: Tiffany Haddish Discusses Her Childhood Abuse With David Letterman

Netflix/YouTube It’s no secret that there are profound tragedies at the root of many comedic success stories. As Tiffany Haddish revealed in her 2017 autobiography, The Last Black Unicorn, hers occurred in childhood when her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury. “When I was 8, about to be 9, she had a car accident and […]

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Bilateral Stimulation While Black: How EMDR Transformed the Way I Processed My Childhood Trauma

I have tiny eyes. I’ve been playfully teased about them in a myriad of ways since I was a kid — from my big sister swearing I was dropped off by an Asian family (Whew, chillay, the problematic jokes of youth. And note, her nickname was “Chyna Doll” soooo … ) to people constantly asking […]

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What I Learned About Loving Again After an Abusive Relationship

But here is the thing that no one talks about, dating again after an abusive relationship is traumatic. Like super traumatic. Every single fear that your ex instilled in you starts exploding to the surface. It is scary and you feel crazy. It makes you feel like maybe it’s you, maybe you are the toxic […]

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