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SCHEMA THERAPY FOR COMPLEX TRAUMA SURVIVORS

A schema is a collection of thoughts which results from one’s life experiences.  A schema may not be logical or emotionally healthy, yet it can guide one’s behaviors and perceptions when responding to new events which occur long after the original schema was developed.  Schemas begin during childhood and continue to be created throughout the life span.  …

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HOW ANXIETY CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

Anxiety can be genetic, learned through repeated dysfunctional experiences with family members or other significant people in one’s life, or caused by one or more traumatic events.  Anxiety takes many forms.  For instance, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder result from emotionally painful experiences which alter one’s brain chemistry and cause various physiological symptoms, …

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A NEW YEAR: A NEW NARRATIVE

Your New Year’s resolutions can be both inspiring and anxiety-provoking, and, statistically, many resolutions are broken before the end of January.  Resolutions are certainly well-intended but are not always linked with an action plan aimed at handling the inevitable setbacks and other random events which can challenge your commitment to these resolutions.  Furthermore, during the …

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MEDICATIONS FOR TREATING DEPRESSION

     Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. Serotonin is the primary chemical messenger, or neurotransmitter, which has been linked with depression and which has been found as deficient in the pleasure and reward pathways of the depressed brain.   These types of medications block the receptor sites of certain neurons from …

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HOW ADHD MEDICATIONS WORK

To sum up how ADHD medications work, they serve as “jump starters” for the naturally occurring neurotransmitter, dopamine, which is the main brain chemical responsible for experiencing pleasure, feeling motivated, being able to focus, and organizing one’s thoughts into purposeful actions.  These medications also increase another important neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, which is responsible for energy, alertness, …

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NARRATIVE THERAPY TECHNIQUES: YOU CAN REVISE YOUR LIFE STORY

Human beings are instinctually programmed to seek safety, stability, and connections with others. When these needs are not met, it is natural to want to make sense of the problems, disappointments, and traumas which destroyed these needs.  It can be very difficult to just abandon the traumatic parts of one’s history.  Narrative Therapy techniques can …

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The Effects of Generational Trauma on Young Adults

Generational trauma occurs when the effects of a parent’s or a grandparent’s trauma are passed down to younger generations. This can occur if a parent experienced physical, emotional, and/or mental abuse as a child, and the cycle of trauma and abuse impacts one’s parenting behaviors.  Generational trauma is typically passed from parent to child via the …

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OVERCOME YOUR DEPRESSION WITH ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy combines behavioral therapeutic techniques with mindfulness training techniques aimed at helping an individual to live consciously in the present and to remain focused on one’s core values and goals, rather than focusing on past events which are out of one’s control.  The ACT approach encourages the depressed client to accept unpleasant experiences, as …

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