Supporting a Loved One with PTSD or CPTSD: Strategies for Coping and Self-Care

In this article, we will explore the symptoms of PTSD and CPTSD and identify strategies to support your loved one in coping with their symptoms. We will also discuss how their symptoms can impact you and provide strategies for self-care. Recognizing the Symptoms. Recognizing the Symptoms People with PTSD or CPTSD may experience a range of symptoms, including withdrawal or isolation, avoidance of reminders, concentration difficulties, hyper vigilance, exhaustion, sleep difficulties, startle easily, negative attitude, emotional numbing, dysregulation, physical symptoms, impulsivity, intrusive thoughts, and a sense of helplessness. It's important to understand these symptoms and how they can manifest in ... [Read More]

Evidence-Based Practices for Addressing Health Anxiety and Somatic Symptoms

In this article, we will explore various strategies and interventions that can help individuals improve their quality of life and manage these symptoms effectively. Understanding Somatic Symptom Disorders. Understanding Somatic Symptom Disorders Somatic symptom disorders are characterized by one or more physical symptoms that result in clinically significant distress. It is important to note that these symptoms may or may not have a physiological cause. In the past, there was a misconception that somatic symptoms were all in people's heads, but research has shown that there are physiological markers and underlying issues that contribute to these symptoms. . Somatic symptom ... [Read More]

Healing of a Traumatic Past: Guided Meditation for Overcoming Pain and Trauma

In this deeply healing place, you will have the opportunity to overcome the trauma and pain that lurk in your past. It is important to note that while this meditation can be a powerful tool for healing, it is not a substitute for professional help. Working through your experiences with a trained professional can provide release and clarity. With that said, let us begin our journey into a safe and tranquil space for processing your experiences. Creating a Safe Space. Creating a Safe Space As we prepare to start our journey inward, take a moment to bring something to mind ... [Read More]

How to Overcome Mental Stuckness and Improve Your Mental Health

Nicole. In this chapter, Dr. Nicole discusses the common problems people face when seeking therapy and emphasizes the importance of actively participating in our own healing. She also sheds light on the impact of family dynamics on our mental health and provides practical ways to work on our trauma. Let's dive in. Understanding Mental Stuckness. Understanding Mental Stuckness Dr. Nicole begins by highlighting a common theme she noticed in her patients - a feeling of being stuck. Despite knowing better, many individuals struggle to break free from their patterns and make positive changes in their lives. This stuckness can manifest ... [Read More]

Managing the Fear of Abandonment: Coping Techniques and Tips

Understanding the Fear of Abandonment. Understanding the Fear of Abandonment Abandonment is a deeply distressing experience that can leave individuals feeling completely left and deserted. This fear is particularly common among those who struggle with borderline personality disorder or have a history of trauma. People with borderline personality disorder often feel overwhelmed by their emotions, likened to being an emotional burn victim. It's no wonder that the thought of losing someone and being deserted is simply overwhelming for them. . Abandonment is a deeply distressing experience that can leave individuals feeling completely left and deserted. This fear is particularly common ... [Read More]