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EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is primarily used as a treatment for PTSD. Discovered and developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR uses eye movements, taps or tones to reprogram trauma victims’ thinking. The end result can be relatively fast relief of PTSD symptoms, including the re-experiencing of the trauma and other symptoms resulting from horrific events like rape or combat. EMDR also helps with “little t” traumas having to do with beliefs about ourselves formed during childhood and other mental health disorders.

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How Agoraphobia Affects My Life

How Agoraphobia Affects My Life

Those who suffer from agoraphobia alone or panic disorder with agoraphobia know too well the debilitating symptoms associated with this anxiety disorder. Agoraphobics live under a constant state of dread as though there is something “fundamentally wrong with the universe and stepping out the door will invite the wrongness in,” says our guest, Kelly Brumbelow.

Agoraphobia forces sufferers to avoid panic attack triggers related to people, places and things. Over time and without treatment, the triggers can become quite extensive until the agoraphobic’s movements are limited to only a few safe places.

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Managing the Effects of Anxiety Without Medication

Managing the Effects of Anxiety Without Medication

Managing anxiety isn’t always about taking medications. Watch therapist, Jodi Aman, discuss her holistic approach to managing anxiety. It works for many.

Anxiety and worry are a part of life. Properly functioning anxiety helps us find our courage and overcome limitations. But sometimes, anxiety becomes dysfunctional and leads us down a road toward debilitating, circular thoughts and constant preoccupation with past or possible life events (read about anxiety attacks and anxiety attack symptoms). To top it off, when you discover that your anxiety is out of control, you may also feel anxious about your anxiety.

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One Man, Many Disorders: Living with Psychiatric Comorbidity

One Man, Many Disorders: Living with Psychiatric Comorbidity

Craig has bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, OCD, and depression. Watch and learn what living with psychiatric comorbidity is like for him.

Kate White writes about what living with anxiety is like. Natasha Tracy shares her experiences with bipolar disorder. New HealthyPlace blogger Jack Smith writes about life with depression. And last year Rachel McCarthy James joined us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show to discuss what living with OCD is like for her. But Craig Ludvigsen can tell us what it’s like to have all of those disorders. It’s called psychiatric comorbidity – the presence of more than one mental illness in one individual at the same time – and it can be incapacitating.

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Help for Families Raising Children with Mood Disorders

Help for Families Raising Children with Mood Disorders

Susan Resko discusses the challenges of raising children with mood disorders and how her organization can help. Watch.

My son struggles with moderate anxiety from time to time. In turn, I struggle with knowing how best to help him. After speaking with Susan Resko, former Executive Director of The Balanced Mind Foundation, I feel renewed gratitude for my comparatively much smaller-scale parenting struggles. Families raising children with mood disorders have a daunting task, but there is help available.

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Healing from Childhood Traumas in Midlife

Healing from Childhood Traumas in Midlife

Sometimes PTSD is pretty cut and dry. There are obvious causes like combat, a plane wreck or car crash. Experiences like rape or witnessing death can also be causes that are well-known. What happens when you have the symptoms but cannot recall an event that may have triggered it? Our guest, Dan Hays, tells us on this episode of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Chronic Illness and Mental Health Connection

Chronic Illness and Mental Health Connection

Living with a chronic, serious, or terminal illness is tough. It is life altering and with it often comes a lot of emotional stress. Issues like depression, anxiety, isolation and helplessness are common to experience. Our guest, Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte, joins us to discuss helping those affected by chronic and serious illness to live a balanced life.

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Surviving PTSD and Trauma

Surviving PTSD and Trauma

Michele Rosenthal experienced trauma at the age of 13 but lived 24 years before a diagnoses. She shares about the process of recovery and understanding PTSD.

Traumatic experience of many kinds, as well as repeated exposure to trauma, can lead to PTSD. Our guest, Michele Rosenthal, experienced a very traumatic event at the age of 13 and lived 24 years before a diagnosis with PTSD helped her to heal. 

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Living with Severe Anxiety

Living with Severe Anxiety

Watch our video interview with Justin Dobbs, whose anxiety and panic attacks are so severe his doctor said it's the worst case of anxiety he's seen in Indiana.

Many years ago, I took a prescription drug that had an intolerable side-effect: severe anxiety. I couldn’t sit still. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt like I was coming out of my skin. After about six weeks I couldn’t stand it anymore and my doctor prescribed a different drug. Though I live with chronic, problematic anxiety, it rarely rises to the level of what I experienced while on that drug. I wonder about people who struggle all the time with such severe anxiety and panic attacks. I wouldn’t have been able to function if I’d had to keep taking that drug. How do other people cope with debilitating anxiety disorders?

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Postpartum Depression Doesn’t Discriminate

Postpartum Depression Doesn’t Discriminate

When my son was born in 1998, I was warned at the hospital that my hormones were fluctuating, and I might therefore experience some sadness over the following several days. But I fought for over a year to regain some sense of emotional stability. Already a hyper-vigilant person, my anxiety and panic became intolerable. Depression drained me completely. I wrestled through a cloud of apathy, fear, and what I can only describe as grief every day, so that I could care for my son. I didn’t know I was suffering from postpartum depression(PPD) and anxiety, and all the doctors and therapists I saw told me I just needed more exercise. I don’t know who those practitioners had mind when they thought of postpartum depression, but it sure wasn’t me.

amanda-edgarPostpartum Depression Can Happen to Any Woman

Postpartum depression is an equal opportunity mental illness. It doesn’t discriminate between women who are:

  • single or married
  • low income or high income
  • from supportive, loving families or more unstable environments
  • highly educated or illiterate

Our guest on this week’s episode of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, Amanda Edgar, discovered this five years ago when the birth of her twins left her struggling to understand what was happening to her.

I am 34 years old, married, working full-time, a college graduate, with amazing family support – all the “right” conditions for success. But even though I have/had these things in place, I was still affected. I think people still have this notion of what a depressed person looks like, and I feel that my story might be able to help folks understand it can happen to anyone, at any time.

Unable to work or even eat at times, Amanda says having her twins turned her world upside down. She was able to get treatment and has been stable for about two years. Today, she’s pregnant again and still dealing with depression. But armed with knowledge about postpartum depression and anxiety, continued treatment, and lots of support, Amanda feels prepared to venture into motherhood again.

Video on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Watch our video interview with Amanda on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, and learn more about her struggle with PPD, anxiety, and what she’s doing now to cope as she looks forward to the birth of her third child.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Postpartum Depression Experiences

Have you been diagnosed with postpartum depression?  We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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