7 Ways to Help a Child Deal with Traumatic Stress
Life is stressful. That’s a fact. To grow and learn we must try new things. Struggling, prevailing, and tolerating failures along the way builds confidence and the deep feeling in a child that “I can do it.” But the positive aspects of struggle and stress are lost when the amount of stress becomes too great and/or sustained. Persistent and long-lasting stress on the mind and body caused by overwhelming emotions leads to traumatic stress, a condition characterized by a nervous system in overdrive. The brain’s emotional centers lock into a state of DANGER and the body operates in fight, flight, and f...
Source: World of Psychology - March 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW Tags: Children and Teens PTSD Students Trauma Attachment Theory Child Sex Abuse Childhood Trauma Emotional Expression hypervigilant Immigration Play Therapy Polyvagal theory Posttraumatic Stress Source Type: blogs

What is the role of unwanted emotional memories in PTSD?
From Science Daily on 03/04/19"People exposed to trauma are less able to suppress unwanted emotional memories due to neural and behavioral disruptions in their brain that may contribute to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).PTSD is characterized by intense reliving of the trauma that is repetitive, intrusive and incapacitating. The intrusive nature of these hallmark symptoms suggests that the inability to suppress unwanted memories may be a strong contributor to the behavioral manifestation of PTSD.Previous work has shown that healthy individuals can actively suppress emotional memories while ind...
Source: Markham's Behavioral Health - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David G. Markham Source Type: blogs

What Are The Main Therapies Used to Help Get Me to Lasting Recovery?
Evidence Based Approach As understandings of addiction and addiction recovery change, we constantly work to bring best practices into our treatment protocol. We recognize that not every treatment works for every person, so we use our resources carefully to gain access to all the latest therapies available. No two addictions are the same, no two circumstances are the same and no two people are the same. This means that no two addiction treatment should be the same, and everyone has an individualized plan using different main therapies that are available. With all treatment plans that are developed, evidence-based practices ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 26, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Acupuncture Addiction Addiction Recovery Complementary Therapies Comprehensive behavioral treatment Meditation PTSD behavioral therapy cbt dbt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy equine therapy holistic therapy massage therapy Source Type: blogs

BioethicsTV: #OneDayAtATime and Our Aging Family Members
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D. “One Day at a Time” is the best show on Netflix you aren’t watching. It focuses on an intergenerational Cuban family living in Los Angeles, California. The mom, Penelope, a military vet and now a nurse, struggles with PTSD, anxiety, and depression while raising her two children in a small apartment with her mom, Lydia, played by legendary Rita Moreno. As a single mom, Penelope struggles to balance dating, becoming a nurse practitioner, her military support group, her ex-alcoholic ex-husband, the needs of Alex—her too-cool for school teenage son—Elena—her feminist tee...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - February 26, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Keisha Ray Tags: BioethicsTV Featured Posts #OneDayAtATime aging Source Type: blogs

Is Addiction a Disease or a Failure?
Disease vs Choice When someone is suffering from addiction, it can be very easy for those around them to wonder how it happened. How could this person choose to drink so much, despite the consequences? How can he/she possibly choose to pick up heroin for the first time? Why do they act the way that they do or say the things they say while they are high? Are they a failure? In addition, when someone is in the throes of addiction, it can be very confusing to realize how they got to where they are. How did I let it get this far? Am I a bad person? Why have I made these choices? Why can’t I stop, even though I am hurting...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Alcohol Anxiety Depression Drug Treatment Mental Health Substance Abuse addiction treatment disease disease of addiction family disease Source Type: blogs

Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? Keys to Resolving Conflict
It’s too easy to bail on a therapeutic relationship rather than resolve the conflict. There are all sorts of conflicts that come up between psychiatrists and patients. There are disagreements about diagnoses, medication choices, side effects, listening style, or just basic misunderstandings that occur in the course of human conversation. Too many of us patients get into the pattern of doctor hopping rather than conflict resolution. A good relationship with our psychiatrists happens not because we have Dr. Perfect but because we resolve conflicts. Therapeutic relationships are the perfect places to practice learning ...
Source: World of Psychology - February 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tova Feinman Tags: Communication Personal Psychotherapy Conflict Resolution Psychiatrist Therapeutic Alliance Therapeutic Relationship Source Type: blogs

Depth Electrodes or Digital Biomarkers? The future of mood monitoring
Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) vs.Mindstrong HealthMood Monitoring via Invasive Brain Recordings or Smartphone SwipesWhich Would You Choose?That's not really a fair question. The ultimate goal of invasive recordings is one of direct intervention, by delivering targeted brain stimulation as a treatment. But first you have to establish a firm relationship between neural activity and mood. Well, um, smartphone swipes (the way you interact with your phone) aim to establish a firm relationship between your “digital phenotype” and your mood. And then refer you to an app for a precision intervention. Or to your t...
Source: The Neurocritic - February 19, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Does Anxiety Cause PTSD or Does PTSD Cause Anxiety?
“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” ― Susan Pease Banitt This question came up in conversation when I was speaking with someone who has experienced severe panic attacks to the point of calling them “debilitating”, requiring inpatient care.  As they were sharing about the ordeal, they told me that when they contemplate the time spent seeking treatment and the aftermath, it ramped up both the anxiety and PTSD symptoms. Even as a career therapist with decades of experience treating people with stand-alone anxiety, ...
Source: World of Psychology - February 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Anxiety and Panic Personal Psychotherapy PTSD Trauma Aromatherapy Breathing Exercise PTSD trigger Relaxation Self Care Source Type: blogs

Suicide and Addiction
Are Suicide and Addiction Linked? When someone is suffering from an issue with addiction, there are many complications that can come along with that. These can include legal issues, family problems, declining health and even suicide. Suicide and addiction are absolutely linked. Addiction not only exponentially increases the likelihood that someone will commit suicide, but substances are often used as a means to commit suicide via overdose. According to the CDC, one in three people who die from suicide are under the influence of drugs. They are typically opiates such as oxycodone or heroin, or alcohol. When someone is suffe...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Stories Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Depression Depression Treatment Mental Health anxiety Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD suicide suicide and add Source Type: blogs

Dispositional Mindfulness: Noticing What You Notice
“Only this moment is life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Many forms therapy and spiritual practice speak of mindfulness. Dispositional mindfulness (sometimes known as trait mindfulness) is a type of consciousness that has only recently been given serious research considerations. It is defined as a keen awareness and attention to our thoughts and feelings in the present moment, and the research shows that the ability to engage in this prime intention has many physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits. Mindfulness meditation is different. It has taken the Buddhist practice of mindfulness and introduced it t...
Source: World of Psychology - February 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D. Tags: Mindfulness Proof Positive Dispositional Mindfulness nonjudgment Present Moment Relaxation Source Type: blogs

Research Finds New Health Benefits from Sleep
“To die, to sleep — perchance to dream — ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet Everyone requires sleep in order to function properly. Sleep is known to aid in healing, in memory formation, reducing stress, eliminating toxins – literally wiping the slate clean of the day’s experiences to begin anew. The subject of decades of research, sleep science continues to amass evidence of new health benefits from sleep. A Single Gene Ties Sleep to Immunity A newly discovered single gene, called nemuri, increase...
Source: World of Psychology - February 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Agitation Anger Memory and Perception Psychology Research Sleep Anger Management Circadian Rhythm Immune Function Insomnia nemuri nightmare disorder Nightmares Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder sleep quality Source Type: blogs

CBD Oil for Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar & More
In conclusion, the studies presented in the current review demonstrate that CBD has the potential to limit delta-9-THC-induced cognitive impairment and improve cognitive function in various pathological conditions. Human studies suggest that CBD may have a protective role in delta-9-THC-induced cognitive impairments; however, there is limited human evidence for CBD treatment effects in pathological states (e.g. schizophrenia). In short, they found that CBD may help alleviate the negative impact of a person with schizophrenia from taking cannabis, both in the psychotic and cognitive symptoms associated with schizophrenia. T...
Source: World of Psychology - February 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Disorders General Research Treatment cannabidiol Cannabis cbd cbd oil Marijuana THC Source Type: blogs

Underlying Causes of Addiction
What Causes Addiction? When someone is suffering from addiction, it is a very dark and lonely time. Not only because of the addiction they are suffering, but because of the pain of the underlying causes. All addiction stems from a root cause, making the addiction impossible to overcome unless that cause is treated as well. There can be many different root causes that the addiction is a symptom of, and all need to be treated with compassion and care. Co-Occuring Mental Health Disorders One of the major underlying causes of addiction is a co-occuring mental health disorder. Some of the mental health disorders that addiction ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 7, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Anxiety Depression Depression Treatment Mental Health PTSD Substance Abuse addiction treatment family root cause trauma underlying causes Source Type: blogs

Participants In This Study Successfully Down-regulated Their Amygdala Activity With The Help Of Neurofeedback
This study supports existing research showing promise for the application of rt-fMRI neurofeedback in the treatment of problems like PTSD, addiction and depression that are associated with heightened amygdala activation. The clinical potential of this technique, bridging the worlds of neurobiology and psychotherapy, is clear. That said, fMRI scanning is an expensive business, so it may be a while before a new world of personalised mental health interventions reveals itself. —Training emotion regulation through real-time fMRI neurofeedback of amygdala activity Post written by Eleanor Morgan (@eleanormorgan) for B...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Brain guest blogger Mental health Source Type: blogs

CBD Oil — What are Potential Effects on the Brain?
According to this study, CBD causes hormonal changes that can lessen the intensity of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and social anxiety. Regulates Behaviour & Cognition CBD interacts with a broad range of receptors, and through complicated processes, it works as a therapeutic agent. While behavioral patterns tend to be complicated for many people, there are ways that CBD can reduce destructive behavior and facilitate positive change. For instance, addiction is one of the areas that lead to unproductive behavioral patterns, and CBD has been used successfully to treat different forms of a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Areyo.Dadar Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement brain cbd oil pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Panic Disorders and Addiction
Panic Disorders Panic Disorders are a form of anxiety. They are sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack, and they are often confused with having a heart attack since symptoms are very similar. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorders worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack. Symptoms of a panic attack...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 1, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety PTSD anxiety and addiction anxiety medication benzodiazepines general anxiety disorder managing anxiety Source Type: blogs

Podcast: How to Change Your Psychological Identity
 We all know that addiction, severe depression, and other conditions change our personality. What few know, however, is just how deeply ingrained that change can be, and how difficult (and scary) it can be to try to become “ourselves” again. In this episode, we examine such changes through the experiences of our guest, who overcame depression and addiction, and now helps others do the same. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest David Essel, MS, OM, is a number one best-selling author (10), counselor, master life coach, international speaker and ministe...
Source: World of Psychology - January 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: Depression General Recovery The Psych Central Show Addiction David Essel Gabe Howard Personality Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

When a pelvic exam is traumatic
Discussions engendered by the movement connected us to people rather than just to a number, subtly shifting how we as a society think about and process sexual violence. On social media, the hashtag #triggerwarning alerts viewers to potentially disturbing information. However, little discussion has focused on the intersection of trauma and health care. What does research tell us? Studies have found that survivors of sexual assault have higher rates of anxiety compared to the general population. They may also be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can make them feel as though they are being re-traum...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Huma Farid, MD Tags: Adolescent health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Unthreading Anxiety
You're reading Unthreading Anxiety, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. I was born in the middle of a war zone. One of my earliest memories is of a bomb falling near our house on an otherwise quiet day. So wholly unexpected it freaked the hell out of me. And this is how my friendship with anxiety was born. I went through life having a sensibly over-alert nervous system trying to keep me alive, even long after the war was over. In medical terms you might call this PTSD or generalized anxiety, I personally don'...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ConsciousEd Tags: featured health and fitness psychology self improvement anxiety mental health pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

The Wetware
This is an idea I have discussed briefly before, buthere's a real scientist discussing the relationship between the complexity of the human brain and it's likelihood of failure. We tend to take ourselves for granted but we've found that what seem to us to be our simplest capabilities are so far impossible to model or emulate with computers. Just making a plan to get through the next hour, let alone life, is a unique capability of Homo sapiens.But the danger is that when this astonishingly capable machine goes awry, it can go spectacularly wrong. Dr. Paz refers to mental illness, specifically ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 23, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Choosing Effective, Sticky Health Apps (Part 2)
In a blog post last week, I shared an excerpt from the new book that Paul Cerrato and I just completed,The Transformative Power of Mobile Medicine. Here is a second excerpt from Chapter 3,  “Exploring the Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Health Apps.”Even patients who are fully engaged in their own care still need access to medical apps they can trust. The IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science has performed a detailed analysis of the clinical evidence supporting mobile health apps, rating their maturity and relative quality. Its rating scale places a single observational study near the bottom of th...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - January 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

The Anoscope for Foreign Bodies in the Rectum
​Rectal exams are difficult for the patient and require true expertise. You cannot expect to complete a good rectal exam or remove a rectal foreign body without the correct information, good bedside relationship, and the right equipment.Ensuring your patient has confidence in your ability is vital. Take the time to get to know what equipment is available in your ED. It's important to know what to do before a patient comes to your department with a rectal complaint.Most departments have a box dedicated to the anoscope. It typically will have two handles for light sources and two sizes of obturators with casing. The items ...
Source: The Procedural Pause - December 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

How Stress Affects Your Memory
The relationship between stress and memory is complex. A little bit of stress can enhance your ability to encode, store, and retrieve factual information. Too much stress, however, can shut the system down. You may have had this experience studying for a test. A moderate amount of anxiety is motivating and will help you perform better. Too much on the other hand, especially while taking the actual test, can prevent you from recalling what you know. The experience of trauma and chronic stress over time can actually change the brain structures involved in memory. To understand how this happens, we need to consider one of the...
Source: World of Psychology - December 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety and Panic Memory and Perception Stress Trauma Source Type: blogs

It ’s easier to get a gun than a psychiatrist in America
America in 2018: 307 mass shootings in 311 days. Recently, a veteran with presumed PTSD shot up Borderline Bar& Grill. His Facebook declaration: I hope people call me insane … (laughing emojis).. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/pamela-wible" rel="tag" > Pamela Wible, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Transformative Experience Design
In the last couple of years, I and my team have been intensively working on a new research program in Positive Technology: Transformative Experience Design.In short, the goal of this project is to understand how virtual reality, brain-based technologies and the language of arts can support transformative experiences, that is, emotional experiences that promote deep personal change.About Transformative Experience DesignAs noted by Miller and C ’de Baca, there are experiences in life that are able to generate profound and long-lasting shifts in core beliefs and attitudes, including subjective self-transf...
Source: Positive Technology Journal - December 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Biofeedback & neurofeedback Blue sky Technology spirituality Transformative Experience Design Virtual worlds Wearable mobile Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Growing Up With a Mentally Ill Parent
 Growing up with a mentally ill parent can be a traumatic experience for any child. For Ally Golden, her mother’s mental illness was major depression, later diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. Ally’s book, A Good Soldier, chronicles her life growing up in this environment, with a mentally ill mother who frequently threatened suicide, and the psychological trauma that resulted for her. Decades later, her mother carried out her threat. Listen to hear Ally’s fascinating story. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest Ally Golden is the author ...
Source: World of Psychology - December 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: Borderline Personality General Relationships The Psych Central Show Gabe Howard Suicide Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Coping During the Holiday Season if You Have C-PTSD or PTSD
For those who have a history of trauma, the holiday season can present difficult challenges. Holidays carry a full load of triggers, across the full range of our senses. Food, song, sight, family gatherings, and rituals associated with the holidays can trigger stress and difficult emotions. If you have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma (C-PTSD), it may be that holidays mean spending time with the people who hurt you. If you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by a traumatic event such as exposure to military combat, car accident or natural disaster, sometimes the sheer chaos of the hol...
Source: World of Psychology - December 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Alcoholism Family Holiday Coping PTSD Trauma C-PTSD complex PTSD Complex trauma Holiday Season Holidays traumatic experience Source Type: blogs

Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? You Might Not Need To
It’s tempting. I’ve been there. You hit a rough patch with your psychiatrist and you think, “I’m outta here.” There may be some things you can do to not only get your relationship back on track but also give it a turbo boost. I want to explore just a few of the things we can do to improve our relationships with our doctors. First some basic facts. Psychiatry is a rare discipline of medicine and the population of psychiatrists is aging and not being replaced quickly enough by younger physicians. There are many areas of the country, small town and rural particularly, that have few to no psychiat...
Source: World of Psychology - December 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tova Feinman Tags: Bipolar Communication Personal Psychotherapy PTSD Schizophrenia Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Medgadget Sci-Fi Contest 2018: Meet The Authors and Read Their Stories
From Jules Verne to Isaac Asimov, science fiction writers have inspired scientists, explorers, and thrill seekers to influence the future of humanity. While Sci-Fi may seem like it’s about the distant future, more often than not it’s commentary on rudimentary technologies that already exist and that are about to mature and reveal their true potential. The authors of this year’s Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest are certainly in tune with the latest trends in biomedicine, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into clinical practice, and genetic manipulation taking place in thousands of labs aroun...
Source: Medgadget - December 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Art Exclusive Medicine Source Type: blogs

New findings suggest post-traumatic growth may often be illusory
By Christian Jarrett After a trauma many people have the sense it has changed them for the better, such as granting them a new appreciation for life or improving their relationships. This has given rise to the appealing notion that there is such a thing as “post-traumatic growth”. However, the majority of investigations into this phenomenon have relied on asking people whether they believe they have changed; very few have assessed people prior to a trauma and then re-assessed them afterwards to see if positive changes have actually occurred. A new study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships i...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs

Why connecting with therapists and staff can make all the difference
While you’re going through treatment, it is vital you take advantage of connecting with your therapists and staff in your residential treatment center. This means not only listening to them and sitting for sessions, but actively connecting and reaching out to them throughout the process. Being an active participant with them can help keep you accountable and become more serious about your sobriety. You don’t have to go through it alone Going through the addiction recovery process leaves you with about a million unknowns. How will you feel throughout detox? How long will it last? How do I control my temptations?...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse family therapy Source Type: blogs

The Secret To Reducing Depression Risk 50% In Veterans (S)
It reduced depression and PTSD risk by 50%. → Enjoying these psych studies? Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month (includes ad-free experience and more articles). → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: NEW: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - November 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Depression Social Media subscribers-only Source Type: blogs

Are Holiday Traditions Sacrosanct or Can They Be Changed?
With the winter holidays approaching, many are faced with both anticipation and anxiety. For some it brings back memories of delight and magic and for others, dread and mayhem. It may have been a time when loving family and friends gathered around a tree, a menorah, a kinara or yule log, singing familiar songs. It may also, less pleasantly, recall times when holiday spirit was more of the liquid form indulged in to excess, voices were raised in anger, hands were raised to strike or throw objects that smashed into walls. Cellular memory is based on the idea that our bodies store experiences. We may not be consciously ...
Source: World of Psychology - November 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Family Holiday Coping PTSD Trauma Christmas family tradition Holiday Tradition Life Changes Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

Mental Illness Body Tracker Accurately Diagnoses PTSD
Mental illness can be notoriously difficult to diagnose in many cases, since symptoms may be invisible to physicians and those that are can be misleading. Objective methods that don’t rely on a direct observation would help to improve diagnosis. Researchers at Draper, the famous engineering firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have developed a system consisting of a number of different sensors that work together to analyze various vital signs and physical parameters to help with screening, diagnosing, and monitoring mental health conditions. The sensors include headset, wrist bands, and an ankle bracelet. The system kee...
Source: Medgadget - November 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Psychiatry Rehab Source Type: blogs

Triggers to Avoid During the Holidays
Know your triggers A major part of a successful recovery process is knowing what your triggers are. During the holidays, it can be a time that they present themselves more often than not. It can also be time when new triggers can arise that you didn’t realize you had before. It’s important to sit down and make a list of all the triggers that you think may pop up, and come up with a plan for each of them. This will give you better confidence for handling the situation when it pops up, and you will be able to move past it successfully with your newly-honed coping skills. Common holiday triggers Traveling Pressur...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Uncategorized addiction alcohol family family therapy holidays PTSD relationships triggers Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: November 13, 2018
Veterans Day was this past Sunday. I run into military men and women often and never know what to say. Years ago, I heard a podcast on the importance of starting a conversation with veterans instead of just saying, “Thank you for your service.” It’s motivated me to learn more about vets and what they need. In addition to our top posts this week on what you need to become happier, how not to get into another bad relationship and the connection between narcissism and mass shooters, you can read about how horseback riding and transcendental meditation can help veterans with PTSD. 7 Secrets For Improving...
Source: World of Psychology - November 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs

The Future of Our Brains – Health in Black Mirror
Black Mirror, the iconic British anthology series asks what could happen to our identities, memories, social and personal selves, life and death after getting in touch with the digital. What could happen to the most complex and least understood human organ, the brain, being exposed to powerful, dimension-altering perception? We pondered on whether the current state of technology and research could ever take us on the dystopian, blind alley called future in Black Mirror. [SPOILER ALERT: the article contains a detailed description of episodes] Waldo’s predictions of politics On the day after the U.S. election, when ev...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients avatar BCI black mirror brain brain-computer interface death digital digital avatar digital health dystopia life memory sci-fi science fiction Source Type: blogs

Free Live Webinar: 8 Signs of Intergenerational Trauma
Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who registered.) Do you or someone you know believe that intergenerational trauma has negatively impacted you? If so, you are not alone. I’m sure you have heard people talk about the “family curse” when discussing relationships, trauma, or abuse. As one from a multi-ethnic family, I have heard the same. Intergenerational trauma is the idea that unresolved trauma from previous generations has, in some fashion, negatively impacted the younger generations. For example, a grandmother who never sought counseling for staying ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gabe Howard Tags: Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Relationships Self-Help Trauma Webinar Intergenerational trauma Posttraumatic growth Posttraumatic Stress Source Type: blogs

5 Things You Can Do Today to Turn PTSD into Post Traumatic Growth
If you have experienced any type of trauma, or have a family member that has experienced trauma, it can be debilitating to the core. You can’t stop replaying the event in your mind and you may feel hopeless and afraid. But what if I were to tell you that it’s possible to get rid of that pit in your stomach? And that it’s even possible to grow from your experience? What Is Post Traumatic Growth? Post Traumatic Growth is the rather strange phenomenon of growing from a traumatic experience. It means those who have experienced trauma at some point in their life can then use that experience as a catalys...
Source: World of Psychology - October 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Noel Beaulieu and Colleen Croff Tags: PTSD Self-Help Trauma Post Traumatic Stress post-traumatic growth Source Type: blogs

PTSD and Trauma Leading to Addiction
If you feel as if your PTSD and addiction are linked, and your trauma is leading to addiction, chances are you are probably right. The good news is that you are not alone. Time reports that about 50-66 percent of those who suffer from PTSD also battle simultaneous addiction. In addition, around 50% of individuals seeking substance use treatment also suffer from PTSD according to MentalHelp. Co-Occurring PTSD and Addiction PTSD, which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is defined as a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serio...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Anxiety Drinking Drug Treatment Mental Health PTSD Substance Abuse alcoholism co-occurring disorder co-occurring disorders co-occurring disorders trea Source Type: blogs

Intensive CBT: How fast can I get better?
A highly effective psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on how our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can affect our feelings and behavior. Traditional CBT treatment usually requires weekly 30- to 60-minute sessions over 12 to 20 weeks. A faster option now emerging is intensive CBT (I-CBT), which employs much longer sessions concentrated into a month, week, or weekend — or sometimes a single eight-hour session. CBT helps people learn tools to reframe different types of thinking, such as black-and-white thinking (I can’t do anything right) and emotional reasoning (I feel you dislike me, ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soo Jeong Youn, PhD Tags: Adolescent health Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Mental Health Parenting Source Type: blogs

We have to deal with the trauma in veterans early on
My medical center recently cemented an agreement with the Veterans Administration to offer care to veterans who could not be accommodated at the VA. We need paying patients, they need doctors of our caliber — establishing mutual benefit. Military veterans have always been among our patients. During my professional lifetime that has included men of my father’s generation whose young adult years encompassed World War II’s widespread draft. World War I and Korea conscriptions were less universal, but patients frequently had served in these settings. Vietnam service seemed more selective. Even when employed a...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/richard-plotzker" rel="tag" > Richard Plotzker, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The Appeal of Benevolent Sexism
Stories of sexual abuse and allegations have been front and center in our news for a while now. From the Me Too movement to the Catholic Church abuse cases to the recent Kavanaugh Hearings, we are faced with the harsh reality of how common sexual abuse really is in our society. But we are starting to talk about it and that is a good thing. My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse. For many well-meaning men and women, these times are fraught with tension and confusion. A man might examine how he treats women and wonder if he should change his behavior. A woman might feel ambivalent towar...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Ethics & Morality Men's Issues Minding the Media PTSD Stigma Trauma Women's Issues #MeToo benevolent sexism Brett Kavanaugh flattery Prejudice sexist attitude Social Psychology stereotyping Source Type: blogs

Mental Coping Strategies During Hurricane Season and Other Natural Disasters
The anxiety and distress for people living in the path of a hurricane can be overwhelming. Uncertainty about living arrangements, work schedules and other life tasks increase when people are evacuated. Legitimate concerns about damage and destruction to homes, streets and infrastructure accelerate in the midst of constant news about the storm. An important step is to recognize common emotional reactions while physically preparing for impending changes. On the 29th of August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. I was a first responder to the disaster, and arrived in the area a week after the storm. I foun...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD, MPH Tags: Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Depression Psychology PTSD Self-Help Stress Trauma bedwetting Coping Skills hurricane Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Michael hurricane season Natural Disaster Nightmares Posttraumatic Stres Source Type: blogs

My Journey to Wholeness: How I Learned to Embrace My Flaws to Create a Joyful Life
I believe there is not enough dialogue out there about soul-sickness, especially among wealthy communities. We are taught to believe from a young age that once we have the perfect partner, house, car, children, and careers, we will be happy. And often times this is not the case; the happiness does not come. There is an insatiable need for more. Because there is no dialogue about this, most people think, I am the only one, something is wrong with me, or no one understands me. This leads to deep despair and usually a diagnosis of depression and medication. I ruined my life searching for peace. I pushed away everyone and ever...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Renee Linnell Tags: Books Happiness Personal Spirituality Trauma Violence and Aggression Cult Members Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD spiritual abuse Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted to My Anxiety Medication?
What is Anxiety? Having anxiety is a difficult issue suffered by millions. It is much more than just butterflies in your stomach before going on stage or before an important event – it can be crippling and can cause severe impacts on one’s life, and you may need to be on anxiety medication to help with the symptoms. According to anxiety.org, there are many anxiety-related disorders, and they are divided into three main categories: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders Trauma and stressor-related disorders Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. e...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD anxiety medication benzodiazepines Source Type: blogs

Whom Do We Believe?
You may be thinking about it as a “she said, he said” story. But it may well be a “she remembers, he doesn’t” story. For him, the night may have been just another insignificant, inconsequential, meaningless event. One more beer party in which trying to score with a girl was the goal. Such a memory is easily forgotten, especially with an alcohol-soaked brain and a belief that you did nothing wrong. Though she terms it attempted rape, he, and his frat beer buddies, probably viewed it as nothing more than “scoring.” No big deal. He may truly have no memory of the event. Or, if he has...
Source: World of Psychology - October 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Linda Sapadin, Ph.D Tags: Bullying Ethics & Morality Memory and Perception Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy PTSD Trauma Violence and Aggression Women's Issues Source Type: blogs

Memories Can Be Distorted – But Not in the Way That You Think
After the recent hearings regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the recollection of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came into question. One conservative pundit, Ben Shapiro, suggested that because we had “two believable testimonies and no corroborating evidence,” we should basically dismiss Blasey Ford’s accusation. But in a disjointed opinion piece published on Newsweek.com, Shapiro confuses the science of memory, and what it tells us about how the brain forms, keeps, or distorts memories. Let’s walk through his claims and what science actually says about memory. Ben S...
Source: World of Psychology - October 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Brain and Behavior General Minding the Media Psychology Research Violence and Aggression Ben Shapiro Brett Kavanaugh False Memories Sexual Assault Source Type: blogs

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction
What is a Co-Occuring disorder? The coexistence of both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse use disorder is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. Any combination of mental health and addiction can be referred to as having a co-occuring disorder. The combinations can be seemingly endless, and can even include more than one of either a mental disorder or an addiction. Combinations may include depression and alcoholism, anorexia and cocaine addiction, bipolar disorder and heroin addiction and the list goes on. Surprisingly, as many as 6 in 10 substance abusers also have at least one other mental disorder. There i...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources ADHD Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eat Source Type: blogs