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Is It Guilt Or Shame?

Is It Guilt Or Shame? Often we hear the terms guilt and shame used together, or thought of as interchangeable. The truth is, they are very different and impact us in different ways. It is important to know and understand the difference in order to take the necessary actions to improve our lives. Let’s look…

Post Traumatic Stress PTS vs Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

PTS vs. PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress vs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Are the Differences?

Post-Traumatic Stress vs. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Are the Differences? Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are both mental health conditions that can occur after a dangerous or threatening experience.  Despite the similarities in their names, the conditions have a variety of differences. If you were to experience a scary event like a…

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Addiction

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Addiction

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma, and Addiction The link between trauma and addiction can present itself as a destructive cycle.  The risk of substance abuse increases as a result of trauma. It’s important to note that substance abuse also heightens the chance of being re-traumatized.  Individuals abusing drugs or alcohol are less able to cope…

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4 Commonly Overlooked Signs of PTSD

4 Commonly Overlooked Signs of PTSD Most people link post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to flashbacks, nightmares, and dramatic outbursts.  These are easily recognizable effects of past trauma. However, PTSD can manifest in a host of other ways that are often overlooked. These lesser-known symptoms impact a person’s everyday life and range from overall mood to…

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How Psychological Trauma Relates To Depression and Suicide

How Psychological Trauma Relates To Depression and Suicide When trauma, depression, and/or anxiety occur simultaneously, the results can be devastating. What is psychological trauma? Psychological trauma is an injury from a life-threatening or fearful experience that alters one’s perception. This injury causes changes in the brain and can impair cognitive functioning. Psychological trauma can include…

The Link Between Anxiety and Addiction

The Link Between Anxiety and Addiction Anxiety contains a wide range of symptoms and conditions, and it affects millions of people across the world. When confronting anxiety in tandem with addiction, it is important to grasp the full scope of anxiety and how it’s linked to substance abuse.   For most people, the concept of…

Alcohol and Mental Health Effects

Alcohol and the Brain It is well-known that excessive consumption of alcohol has an adverse impact on the liver, heart and digestive system. It is important to note, the effects of alcohol on the brain are also serious. It can result in structural damage, cognitive deficits and changes in mental health status. Alcohol blocks chemical…