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I Feel Nothing: How to Cope with Emotional Numbness

It’s hard to describe what feeling numb is like, but you’ll intuitively know it if you’ve felt it. Know that you’re not alone.

Many people report feeling disconnected from the world around them sometimes, feeling “flat,” or feeling like life is on autopilot. Perhaps events and people seem muted, or less colorful somehow.


PTSD: “It is not curable, it will always be a part of your life, but it’s manageable” A marine’s message

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)— About seven or eight out of every 100 people will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. Michigan native Eric Calley, is one of those people. He battles PTSD every day.

“PTSD is three things that happen at once?”


Dealing With Defensive Walls

What to do when havens become prisons.

Very few people escape some form of trauma in their lives. Most survive those personal tragedies by developing physical or emotional escape strategies that help them cope at the time.


PTSD in Children and Adolescents

Many people will experience traumatic events in their lives, including children and teens. Some researchers estimate that as many as 40% of children and adolescents will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. While most people are able to “bounce back” from the event after a few days, weeks, or months, others struggle to cope with the experience and the memory of the trauma. These people, including children and teens, can develop what is known as PTSD, or Post-traumatic stress disorder.


Psychiatry’s Role in the Management of Chronic Pain

Pain may not often be considered within the realm of psychiatry; however, chronic pain's relationships with sleep disorders and PTSD make it an issue psychiatrists can—and should—address.

If you were to poll physicians and ask which specialty usually takes the lead in the management of chronic pain, no doubt an overwhelming majority would say anesthesiology, with a smaller number saying neurology and physiatry. However, probably few would say psychiatry.


The Dynamics of Anger and Resentment

How can Mr. Hyde remember what Dr. Jekyll learned in therapy?

Problem anger makes us act against our best interests and violate our deeper values. Most cases of problem anger feature brief episodes of intensity surrounded by continual resentment - a long-lasting, low-grade form of anger.


Why It's Okay to Have Different Worldviews Than Your Partner After

New research challenges the idea that couples become more similar over time.

A new study calls into question a longstanding tenet of relationship science — that romantic couples exhibit convergence in their attitudes, traits, beliefs, and behaviors over time.


Toxic Childhood and the 5 Habits of Mind That Keep You Stuck After

Why you need to outwit these old ways of dealing to get moving.

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from those who are actively trying to recover from their childhood experiences is the difficulty they have deciding to leave situations that echo or resemble the dynamics of childhood. Sometimes, the workplace is the arena, as it was for Eliza, 39, a marketing expert in a mid-sized firm:


Understanding Intimacy Avoidance in PTSD After

Avoidance behaviors can increase symptoms.

When we hear the words "PTSD" or "trauma," we may assume that a person was sexually victimized, and because of a traumatic event, has emotionally shut down. While this is a very real situation for many sexual abuse survivors, equally important to consider are other forms of trauma that can lead to avoidance of intimacy in relationships.


Are You Living in the Past? After

Self-protection is good. Overcompensating for yesterday's pain isn’t.

Old emotional injuries have a way of complicating our lives, by clouding our judgment and making decisions harder than they need to be.



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