The Effects of Sexual Assault on the Brain and Body

While it is common knowledge that sexual assault can be traumatizing, many people do not fully understand the profound effects it has on a survivor. As a society, we do not always discuss the immediate and long-term impact on the brain and body, but it’s important for both survivors and the people who support them … Read more The Effects of Sexual Assault on the Brain and Body

“I Thought I Was Over It!” – Coping with the Return of Trauma Memories and Feelings

If you have gone through therapy or used other methods to heal from trauma experiences, you may have reached a point where you felt like your trauma was finally behind you. You felt happier in your day-to-day life, your PTSD symptoms seemed to subside, and your former triggers didn’t affect you like they used to. … Read more “I Thought I Was Over It!” – Coping with the Return of Trauma Memories and Feelings

Haunted by Memories of Sexual Assault? How Therapy Can Help Decrease Shame and Transform Your Emotions

Sadly, countless people in this country have been sexually assaulted. And for a long time, they were taught that they should not speak up about their trauma. Over the past few years, a long-overdue conversation about the prevalence of sexual assault has opened up. The #MeToo movement encouraged people to share their experiences with sexual … Read more Haunted by Memories of Sexual Assault? How Therapy Can Help Decrease Shame and Transform Your Emotions

What you need to know about the relationship between PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction are two very different challenges that are sometimes experienced at the same time. People are often curious about the ways that these two struggles overlap.  There are actually several ways that PTSD and substance use go together. Substances as a solution People who have PTSD struggle with anxiety and … Read more What you need to know about the relationship between PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse

It’s Not Your Fault: How the Mind Copes with Abuse by Someone Close to you

If you have been hurt by someone close to you, it’s likely you are bothered by feelings of shame. Maybe you find that it is hard to stop beating yourself up over small mistakes you make. Maybe you can’t stop thinking about the way you look to other people. Maybe you feel bad about yourself … Read more It’s Not Your Fault: How the Mind Copes with Abuse by Someone Close to you

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