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MY LIFE WITH PTSD

by Kristy Southivilay ___________________________________________________ Please note: This content contain mentions of sexual abuse. We often imagine PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as being reserved for military veterans, or mothers experiencing postpartum depression after childbirth; but PTSD can happen to anyone who has gone through terrifying events that have significantly affected their wellbeing. Car accidents, unexpected deaths,…

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Pitfalls of Patterns – How your brain’s most important function can make you miserable

Fill in the blank: 1, 2, 3, 4, __. You most likely said “5” without even having to think about it. This is because your brain has long since memorized the pattern of our numeric system, and can access this pattern, automatically, at a moment’s notice. The human brain is designed to recognize patterns with…

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Healthy Aging

September is healthy aging month, so we’re sharing some of our favorite tips. 1. Water is your friend Writer Barbara Brody quotes the Baylor College of Medicine suggesting that you, “don’t wait until you feel thirsty: It means you’re already somewhat dehydrated.” 2. Cut back on alcohol (but you don’t need to give it up!)…

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COPING SKILLS FOR ANXIETY – PART 2

In Part 1 of this post, we discussed the symptoms of anxiety and the long-term effects it can have on your health. We also talked about two easy-to-learn exercises that can be used to calm your body and get it out of the “Flight or Fight” response mode. Here we will talk about three additional…

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COPING SKILLS FOR ANXIETY – Part 1

Everyone has anxiety. People can experience different degrees of it, but it’s something we all have to manage. In this two-part blog post we’re talking about a few simple exercises and easy-to-learn skills that can dramatically mitigate anxious feelings. Our bodies store stress, anxiety, and trauma even when our minds do not. Therefore, it’s important…

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HOW IMPROV COMEDY HELPED ME RECOVER FROM AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

I began my training as a improv comedian right around the time I was disentangling myself from a horribly abusive relationship of four-ish years. Improv training might be the single most important part of my entire recovery process. For the uninitiated, let me back up. Improvisational Theatre, or improv, is a type of performing arts…

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Stop. Listen.

“My partner abused me for four years.” is a statement I sometimes make about my life. “What do you mean, ‘abused’?” some people ask when I make that statement. “Oh,” I say. “Um. They were mean to me.” “Is that all?” they say, raising their eyebrows, violent lines of incredulity etched in their foreheads. “Well……

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MAKE SURE YOUR VACATION IS A VACATION

Summer vacation, barring time and financial restrictions, of course, can be anything you want it to be. It can be an exciting adventure, or a leisurely week in your pajamas, or perhaps even a mixture of both. Unfortunately, it’s easy for life to get in the way of your vacationing fun. Plans may change, weather…

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How to De-stress Your Life

Being stressed out has almost become a point of pride in our society. Everyone is so busy, juggling and accomplishing so much. Sometimes it feels like, on top of everything else, we’re all competing to show that we’re the most stressed, that we have to handle the most in our lives. Consider this scenario: you’re…

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Does Mу Child Nееd Hеlр?

How Tо Find Mеntаl Health Care Fоr Yоur Child Adjuѕting tо thе ѕtаrt of a ѕсhооl year саn bе ѕtrеѕѕful fоr ѕtudеntѕ аnd раrеntѕ аlikе. Dеmаndѕ оf hоmеwоrk and еxtrасurriсulаr асtivitiеѕ inсrеаѕе as do calls bеtwееn раrеntѕ and teachers rеԛuеѕting mееtingѕ tо discuss their concerns аbоut their сhild’ѕ progress. For some сhildrеn, a nеw ѕсhооl…

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