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How to Cope If Hashtag #Metoo Triggered Trauma Memories

How to Cope If Hashtag #Metoo Triggered Trauma Memories

Hashtag #metoo triggered trauma memories for some. You're not alone: Even positive events meant to empower can trigger trauma memories. Here's how to cope.

Even positive events can trigger trauma memories sometimes. This week, the hashtag #metoo flooded social media accounts to demonstrate the widespread problem of sexual assault and harassment. We witnessed a multitude of voices share deep-seated shame and anxiety associated with trauma. Whether through a simple #metoo or a painful story, we unloaded our burdens. While freeing for many, the hashtag could have triggered trauma memories for some.

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7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

You can use nature to treat anxiety simply and quickly. In fact, using nature to treat anxiety works to reduce anxiety and boost mental health. Here's how.

Did you know that you can use nature to treat anxiety? But what if you can’t get to a beach or national forest? Don’t worry, anxiety relief is closer than you think–it can be right in your backyard. Find out how the outdoors can soothe and how you can use nature to treat anxiety daily.

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The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

 

A common response to anxiety is to try to make it go away. But trying to make anxiety go away won't get you far. Read this and change your response to anxiety.

Our mind’s response to anxiety affects our self-esteem, sense of control, and how we see the world around us. When we experience anxiety symptoms, our feelings and thoughts get so wound up in the body’s stress response that we may want to run. We want to shed this thing that won’t leave us alone. In my own struggle with anxiety, I’ve found a seemingly counterintuitive response to anxiety that helps me shift my experience and reduce anxiety.

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How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How can you minimize dating anxiety? Could you really enjoy dating, feeling excited instead of anxious? Here's a simple change that will help. Read now.

Dating is awkward and many feel anxiety about dating. Throw some clinical anxiety into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. But you can minimize anxiety about dating.

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Anxiety: I Know 200 Ways to Say ‘I’m Fine’

Anxiety: I Know 200 Ways to Say ‘I’m Fine’

Anxiety forces you to say 'I'm fine,' even when you're not. You can do better for yourself and get to the end of anxiety quicker, by answering these questions.It’s easy to get into the habit of not addressing your needs when you have anxiety. I’m yet to meet someone dealing with anxiety who doesn’t know 200 ways to say “I’m fine” to paint a rosy picture of life. But treating anxiety is about understanding your reality, not what a perfect reality might be or the reality Jo Normal experiences.

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Living with Anxiety: Emotional Health

Living with Anxiety: Emotional Health

What don’t you have if you’re struggling with anxiety? Emotional health. Not the most earth-shattering statement but pertinent, all the same. Do you really know what’s missing, though? I’m not always sure. Even when I think of a definition it changes, develops as I go through the bump and grind of ‘one step forward, two steps back’, alters everytime a PTSD trigger whacks me across the head with a 2×4.

It may even be that you’ve been anxious so long the concept of emotional health seems pie in the sky.

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You Don’t Look Sick! Anxiety as Invisible Illness

You Don’t Look Sick! Anxiety as Invisible Illness

You don’t look sick! No, I don’t. It shouldn’t be an accusation, either.

One of the worst parts of having an anxiety disorder, or any other invisible illness, is how hard it is to explain to someone when they don’t have the first notion. It becomes almost a routine battle, feeling sick on the inside while knowing the world thinks you look fine.

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My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

Psychiatric treatment is a relationship between you, your mental illness, your drugs, and your doctor(s). That relationship is what matters most when it comes to ensuring medications treat actual mental health issues.
Taking the meds out of clinical practice and studying them in a lab is not only difficult but results in mixed outcomes. The kind we see reflected in the studies which the press pick up on.

Just this week I’ve read that the drugs don’t work, that it’s all a big fraud, and that the next Big Pharma pill will cure everything.

Psychiatry, like democracy, is the worst form of treatment except for all the others that have been tried

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Anxiety: Juggling For Fish 101

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Anxiety: Juggling For Fish 101

On a scale of 1-10 how annoying is it when therapists ask questions which sound more like triage than psychotherapy?

One of my commenters took me to task for not talking much (or indeed at all) about the behavioral side of  cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in a recent post. I shall now regale you with exciting tales of behavioral psychology in order to rectify the situation. Or not, since I expect your definition of exciting extends a touch beyond this topic.

My somewhat love-hate relationship with the B part of CBT aside, the real question is what works.

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CBT is Like Shopping at 7-11 for Your Mental Health Needs

CBT is Like Shopping at 7-11 for Your Mental Health Needs

One of the things that drives me crazier than usual is this notion that anxiety is in overwhelming proportion amenable to rational thought on the part of the person suffering from the anxiety disorder. It’s a persistent idea. It’s also wrong.

Cognitive behavioral therapy: What they don’t tell you, why you should find out

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