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Now is the Time: Breaking Generational Trauma

Breaking generational trauma begins with recognizing patterns and understanding their source. When someone experiences a traumatic situation, and its effects are passed to their children, grandchildren or other family members, it becomes generational trauma. If you’re being affected by generational trauma, you may not have experienced the initial event, but you’re still feeling repercussions from …

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Everyone Experiences Mental Effects of Trauma

The mental effects of trauma can be short-lived or long-lasting, but they aren’t uncommon because traumatic experiences aren’t rare. If you’ve experienced trauma, you aren’t alone. The National Council for Behavioral Health reports that 70% of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event. An article on various types of trauma explains that one way …

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Common Effects of Stress on Health and Wellbeing

We all know the effects of stress on health and wellbeing because we experience them. We can’t always predict when they’re going to hit us, though, or how hard. Sometimes we can’t even predict what’s going to make us feel stressed out in the first place. What we sail through on one occasion can derail …

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What is a Moral Injury?

What is a moral injury? As you might guess from the name, it’s an injury or wound not to your physical body, but to your conscience or sense of personal ethics. A veteran’s organization defines it this way: “Moral injury is when one feels they have violated their conscience or moral compass when they take …

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Can Your Environment Affect Your Mental Health?

Understanding How Your Environment Affects Your Mental Health The environment affects your mental health in diverse and sometimes unexpected ways. Broadly defined, your environment includes the surroundings and conditions you live in, and it can impact you through both physical and psychological means. These are some of the many environmental factors that can affect your …

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What is the Fawn Response?

People pleasing and trauma may not immediately seem to be connected, but for many, they are. We can respond to traumatic events in a lot of different ways, and if the techniques we use to manage them are successful, at least in the short term, they can become patterns. There are four primary ways to …

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“Hey, Babe? Let’s Talk” Getting Depression Help for a Spouse

Getting help with depression starts with identifying it, which isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It’s not always clear when a low mood is a typical sadness or grief and when depression has taken hold. Sometimes depression hides behind other emotions like anger, which makes it harder to identify.   These are some signs …

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Feeling Impulsive? It Could be Your Mental Health

Feeling Impulsive? It Could Be Your Mental Health Most of us can remember a time in our lives when we behaved impulsively and faced the consequences as a result. But what happens when impulsive behavior becomes excessive? For many, impulsive behaviors are a symptom of an unmanaged mental health disorder.    Isolated incidents of impulsivity …

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Self-Harm

A key symptom of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is that individuals have trouble managing their emotions effectively. They feel things deeply, and their moods may change rapidly. It differs from other disorders involving unstable moods, such as bipolar disorder, in that mood states in BPD may only last a few days or even just a …

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Coping With PTSD Through Self-Harm

Coping With PTSD Through Self-Harm Self-harm isn’t uncommon, especially among adolescents. The National Center for PTSD notes that an estimated 2-6% of people in the general public have engaged in self-harming behaviors and 13-35% of students. Rates are higher among people with mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common self-harming behaviors are cutting, …

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