Navigating the Impacts of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood: Part II

This is the second installment in a two-part blog series examining the impacts of childhood trauma. To access Part I in this blog series, click here.   Trauma is not just an emotional experience, and includes physical changes to our functioning. Because of this, the life expectancy of childhood trauma survivors can be nearly 20 …

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Navigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

From painting pumpkins and apple picking to participating in nightly family dinners, one’s childhood experiences are the building blocks of their adult future. Unfortunately, it is also common for a young person to have experiences over the course of their childhood that are not as happy or positive. For those who are exposed to trauma …

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Accompanying a Loved One Through Grief

Anyone who has lived for any length of time has experienced loss and grief. It’s an inevitable part of life. Having friends and family comfort us and help us through those times is critical. But, what happens when it isn’t clear to us what the person needs, what is appropriate, or we’re uncomfortable with the …

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to regulate emotions, maintain relationships and achieve a sense of self. Common Symptoms: Feeling empty or sense of worthlessness Struggling to control emotions Strong and intense feelings of shame Difficulty getting or keeping strong and meaningful relationships Persistent thoughts, feelings, urges, or history …

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Finding Happiness: the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

The pursuit of happiness: It’s something we have all aspired to. It’s a concept so common as to have inspired countless books, movies and art. It’s even in the Declaration of Independence! Yet, it is the pursuit of mental wellness that will actually give people the effect they truly desire. That is because ordinary happiness …

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Taking Back the Control: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

In the 1990’s, Great Britain’s Princess Diana was one of the first high profile people to open up about her struggle with self-injury. Awareness about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has since continued to grow. Yet, it is still widely misunderstood and the behavior remains just as prevalent today. In fact, one study found up to 24 percent of …

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