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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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.