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5 Ways to Calm Anxiety Attacks

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5 Ways to Calm Anxiety Attacks

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It's normal to experience anxiety or situations that make us anxious. After the situation is over, however, life should return to normal, and these feelings will go away. However, for those who experience chronic anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), it is a different story. If you're reading this post, it likely means that you experience anxiety attacks but don't...[ read more ]

When Should You Worry About Your Child’s Fearfulness? 

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Fear and worry are typical for people of all ages. In the case of children, these emotions can be helpful. They teach us about being cautious when necessary and how to develop coping skills. Ideally, they also teach us how to identify a false fear. In other words, a fearful child is nothing to be concerned about — until it...[ read more ]

What is PTSD?

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There's a good chance that you have heard about PTSD before. It is most often depicted in the media as something that is experienced by those who served in a war or suffered from domestic or sexual abuse. You wouldn't be alone, however, if you didn't have a full understanding of what PTSD is. Maybe you know some of the...[ read more ]

What is Trauma?

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There are certain words that get thrown around carelessly. "Triggers" is absolutely one of those. We hear people say, "I felt so triggered by xyz..." and yes, maybe they did feel that way. However, using this word to describe any situation that you don't feel okay with is undermining the very real experience that others have. We're talking about trauma...[ read more ]

Part 2: How to Treat PTSD

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Unfortunately, many people throughout their lifetime will go through a traumatic experience. It can happen to anyone and for any reason. Trauma can have a profound impact on somebody's life and cause them to experience debilitating symptoms and cause a lot of distress and turmoil. There is no timeline for when someone may begin experiencing trauma after it occurs. It...[ read more ]

Part 1: Signs & Symptoms of PTSD

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Most people will experience at least one traumatic experience in their lifetime. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs due to a highly stressful or emotional situation that someone has gone through. Most people recognize PTSD as occurring if a person previously experienced war. However, many more situations or events can be considered traumatic. While this list is not exhaustive, here are...[ read more ]

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Navigate Anxiety

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The teenage years can be challenging. Stuck between childhood and adulthood, many teens can feel stuck with no clear focus of who they are or who they could be. The teen years are full of hope, disappointment, stress, and drama. It's a rollercoaster of emotions sprinkled throughout a bumpy and shaky ride. As adults, it's common to forget about your...[ read more ]

What Causes OCD to Get Worse & What to do if It Does

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is more common than most people are led to believe. Furthermore, it is also a serious mental health condition that can dramatically impact a person's quality of life. While some people might joke about OCD, it shouldn't be taken lightly. Managing OCD is not impossible, but it definitely is challenging. OCD causes one to have obsessive thoughts,...[ read more ]

Learning How to Stop OCD Rituals

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that impacts millions of people. It is more common than many people believe, but it is also a bit of a mystery for most. Due to misinformation and people carelessly saying that someone "is OCD," it's no surprise that many view this as a mysterious condition. OCD is when someone has obsessive...[ read more ]

OCD: Identifying & Treating Compulsions

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that most people have at least heard of. It is often mentioned casually in phrases like, "Oh, they are so OCD!" However, OCD is a mental health disorder that many do not fully understand. Because of these misconceptions, there is a lot of misinformation about what OCD actually is. OCD is characterized...[ read more ]



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