Experiencing a trauma trigger is not just being upset by disturbing content. It’s a response wired into our brain by a past event, causing thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and behaviors that often feel automatic and out of one’s control.
When was the last time you felt an overwhelming sense of fear? You may have felt your breath get shallow, your heart rate quicken, or even experienced dizziness or chest pain. We all experience fear and/or panic sometimes. Those feelings can even be useful, alerting us to approaching threats or keeping us from making risky… read more
Many trauma survivors experience challenging “anniversary reactions,” which are defined as “unique set[s] of unsettling feelings, thoughts or memories that occur on the anniversary of a significant experience.” When a survivor finds themselves in the midst of a trauma anniversary, they often are forced to re-live feelings from the traumatic event, causing symptoms like increased anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, nightmares, and irritable outbursts.
EMDR is successful in reprocessing addiction memory (the type of memory that worsens cravings). In one study, chronically alcohol-dependent clients received either traditional addiction treatment or traditional addiction treatment with two EMDR sessions. Clients who received only traditional treatment reported no reduction in cravings, while clients who received the adjunctive EMDR treatment experienced significant reduction.
We all have times where we can’t focus, don’t feel motivated, or want to be alone. But when we’re dealing with chronic mental health concerns like depression or anxiety, these issues can linger and prevent us from being happy and succeeding in our careers.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Many people have heard the term “PTSD,” particularly regarding issues of sexual assault and the military. Yet not all of us are totally clear on what it is or how it works. While our knowledge of trauma is constantly growing, here’s a basic overview of what clinicians and researchers know… read more
Have you ever seen someone laughing with a group of friends or cuddling with a significant other and felt…lonely? As Psychology Today notes, “[w]atching everyone…connect to those they love makes [our] own feelings of emotional isolation even more profound.” Not only does this feel unpleasant, but it also threatens our health. According to an article… read more
In recent years, scientists have uncovered several connections between running and improved brain functioning. We already know that running is “an excellent means of conditioning the cardiovascular system.” Recently, running has also been associated with positive developments in the mind. These include higher rates of growth, improved emotional control, and enhanced abilities. These aren’t the… read more
Despite the costs exacted by psychological conditions, in 2016, only 41% of adults with a mental health issue received any form of treatment. Long wait times and a lack of accessible care are a few reasons why people fail to seek clinical support, but some of the most insidious barriers between individuals and mental health care are the toxic myths that have sprung up around both psychological health and the therapeutic process.
The brain is our body’s control center, so it’s natural that more therapists are turning to brain-based treatment methods to resolve issues more effectively. As our knowledge of this organ grows, the ways to enhance brain function and tap into its power to heal do too.