Complex PTSD: The Long Term Effects of Trauma

C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that causes trauma symptoms alongside difficulty managing emotions and maintaining relationships. Fear, isolation, depression, and anxiety shape the life of an individual living with complex PTSD. Those of us living with CPTSD would often use the words; broken, different, and distrustful to describe ourselves. Examining the symptoms and behaviors associated with CPTSD below will help you understand why. 

Attachment Theory, Attachment Styles, and Adult Mental Health

Do you often wonder why specific thoughts and behaviors reoccur in every relationship? Are you mistrusting, clingy, abrasive, or afraid in close relationships? Do intrusive thoughts, impulsive actions, and confusion hinder your ability to strengthen and develop relationships with others? Understanding relations, beliefs, and behaviors towards others is possible when you examine attachment theory and the roots of attachment issues. 

Trauma Informed Care: Supporting Individuals with ACEs and Toxic Stress

The primary theory behind trauma-informed care is that the presence of ACEs and toxic stress has a massive effect on our current emotional and mental well-being. 

2022: The Prevalence of Mental Illness in America

Both Mental Health America (MHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that the prevalence of mental illness in America is rapidly rising. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 13% increase in mental health conditions and substance use disorders since 2017.

Running to Improve Mental Health

Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health while working on your physical health. I am going to attempt to explain to you why running improves your mental health. 
I am not going to discuss anything that the professionals would say. Instead, I am going to explain how running has improved my own mental health. But to do this, you may need a little bit of background information.

Children’s Sports: Improving Children’s Mental Health Today and in the Future

Teaching children to care for themselves mentally at an early age and providing them with the tools necessary to do so will encourage a lifetime of mental well-being. Having a positive view of oneself affects so many aspects of our lives, from education to socialization our mental health touches on every interaction and experience we have. 

2021: The Prevalence of Mental Health in America

According to the data collected by the MHA, an average of 19%, and a total of 47.1 million Americans struggle with a mental illness. Of those 47.1 million people almost 11% of them are uninsured. Meaning 2.4 million people had no access to mental healthcare unless they paid 100% out of pocket.

A Mental Health Crisis: Teens on Social Media

In the last few years, it has become apparent that our teens and young adults face dangers to their mental health each and every day. These dangers are unavoidable and inescapable. They travel with us in our pockets or purses everywhere we go. We are facing a mental health crisis. This crisis is the presence of our teens and young adults on social media.

Understanding Childhood Trauma

Children soak in their environment like a flower absorbing sunlight. The environment children are raised in can help them blossom into the person they are meant to be or shut down and close themselves off from the world around them. The child’s reaction to their environment is greatly influenced by the amount of trauma the child endures and the support provided to the child post-trauma.

Season’s Change: SAD or the ‘Winter Blues’

Many of us believe that the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. But these bright and merry festivities fall in the coldest and darkest season- winter. Winter brings snow and ice. For those of us with children, this weather can be fun and exciting. But, with the snow and ice comes hazardous road conditions and glib skies. 

The lack of sunlight and driving anxiety associated with these conditions can cause the happiest person to feel down in the dumps. But sometimes, this sadness is more than the winter blues. Seasonal depression is a form of depression that occurs during a certain time of the year. The most common time of the year is winter.