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How to Recognize Self Harm & PTSD

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, scratching, piercing, hitting, pulling out …

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Life After Mental Health Rehab

Going to mental health rehab can be both challenging and deeply rewarding. When mental illness is at its worst, everyday life can seem overwhelming. Reality can be distorted, so sometimes people in treatment or family members have understandable fears about what post-rehab life will be like. However, with preparation and focus, there are ways for …

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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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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 confront …

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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 that your …

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Feeling Behind in Life? It Could Time to Heal Your Trauma

Mental health treatment centers understand the importance of dealing with and healing trauma. Things that happened years or even decades ago can have a continuing influence if they’re not addressed and can keep you from moving forward and meeting your goals. Sometimes it’s easy to connect your current challenges to a past event or ongoing …

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Feeling Impulsive? It Could be Your Mental Health

Feeling Impulsive? It Could Be Your Mental HealthMost 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 happen to everyone. …

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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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You Are More than Bipolar Disorder

Whether you have a physical disease or a mental health condition like bipolar disorder, managing your symptoms, especially when your diagnosis is new or not well controlled, is likely to take a lot of your focus and energy. It can take so much of your focus that it can start to seem like it defines …

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