Treating trauma symptoms vs treating the trauma itself

Trauma is a technical term, but in the context of psychology it simply means having a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. This experience affects the person in a significant way that does not get healed with time. Trauma is often defined as part of a mental illness and while this is a fair definition, it's … Continue reading Treating trauma symptoms vs treating the trauma itself

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The Effects of PTSD on Everyday Life

I recently read an excellent summary article that discusses common ways post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can affect someone's life. I'll briefly summarize it, but if you'd like to read it in full, please click the link above. Problems at work and relationships. People with PTSD tend to miss more work and work less efficiently, … Continue reading The Effects of PTSD on Everyday Life

If you need to see a counselor for PTSD, but don’t know if you can talk about it

This is a great question, and one that I get frequently. In the past, the way therapists were taught to deal with PTSD is to talk about it. They had the patient talk again and again and again about what happened, and over time the person would become desensitized and have more tolerance for their … Continue reading If you need to see a counselor for PTSD, but don’t know if you can talk about it

How to choose good self-help resources, pt 3

“In recent years, more Americans will seek mental health information from the Internet or attend a self-help group than will consult all mental health professionals combined. Self-help is, frankly, big business. According to recent market research, Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on self-improvement products!” I'm writing the same quote on all three … Continue reading How to choose good self-help resources, pt 3

How to choose good self-help resources, pt 2

"In recent years, more Americans will seek mental health information from the Internet or attend a self-help group than will consult all mental health professionals combined. Self-help is, frankly, big business. According to recent market research, Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on self-improvement products!" That's how I started my last post. Today … Continue reading How to choose good self-help resources, pt 2

How to choose good self-help resources

In recent years, more Americans will seek mental health information from the Internet or attend a self-help group than will consult all mental health professionals combined. Self-help is, frankly, big business. According to recent market research, Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on self-improvement products! While it is big business, it's not always … Continue reading How to choose good self-help resources