Tag: PTSD

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“Among women who experience a sexual assault, 90 percent who experience sexual violence in the immediate aftermath exhibit symptoms of acute stress,” says Dr. Helen Wilson, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise on the effects of trauma. “For many people, these symptoms dissipate over time through social support and coping strategies, and many people totally recover…

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The changing of the seasons is a great opportunity to begin practicing mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose. The busy-ness of life can overwhelm us physically and emotionally, so it is important to create a plan to take care of yourself. My own self-care plan is based on finding small moments in the day to…

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Oct 5

Exorcism

(Please see ‘About’ for the purpose of this blog and here’s how and why it started)       “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I command you demon, to tell me your name! Tell me your name!“, I bellowed as I pulled out the crucifix on my necklace placing it face-to-face with the arrogant, smirking…

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It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle If the lack of posts on this site have taught me anything, it’s that I needed a break from my routine of self-expression. I’m finally back. Sort of. These past two months have been a bumpy ride. The writer inside me…

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Even the most positive people experience negativity from time to time – it’s part of what makes us human. In very small doses, negativity can actually be pretty helpful, since it’s our mind’s method of keeping us safe by highlighting the bad in things. In larger doses however, it can dramatically limit our potential and…

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Here’s the policy one company tried for seven weeks. It worked. Really, really well. As workplaces try to mimic the brag-worthy benefits and culture of tech giants, many employees are left with well-intentioned (but poorly executed) perks and work environments. In place of on-site chefs, there are drawers overflowing with junk food. The open floor plan? Don’t…

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There is not enough high-quality scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis as an effective and safe treatment for chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. This was the conclusion of two systematic reviews conducted by the United States Department for Veteran Affairs and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The use of cannabis, or…

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Jul 17

knee-deep

This is not the surface of Mars. But I wish it was. A sci-fi Bradbury story and not my life. Scared and Scarred I am 6. Tender. Overly sensitive. Idealistic. In the living room watching TV (listening to my parents scream). My father is chasing my mother from the bedroom to the living room. She…

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I think many people spend their lives thinking about conditions, objects, individuals, ideas, and beliefs in black and white. I think many people spend their lives thinking about conditions, objects, individuals, ideas, and beliefs in black and white. Everything has a story behind it, just like every color can be seen as beautiful no matter…

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Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. – Napoleon Hill Two years ago, after being diagnosed with PTSD, I hit a rough patch in my life. I gave up on socializing, I’d spend days in bed and I avoided anything that had to do with accepting my past and the PTSD that came into the…