Monthly Archives: August 2011

How can writing about a troubling event help me?

Some aspects of grief are similar to coping with any trauma issue. If you are struggling with anxiety and depression, from a past trauma, or any past event, writing could help.   In Glenn Schiraldi’s book,  “The Post- traumatic Stress … Continue reading

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How Can I Cope With The Death Of My Child?

Untimely and tragic death of a child is painful for parents. Often the grief associated with it takes a form called complicated grief. Complicated grief is grief having many features, such as negativity, self blame, with uncontrolled emotions, often with anxiety and depression. Dealing with … Continue reading

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Do you have an anxious personality?

Anxiety can also often be experienced in place of other feelings. In working with anxious people, I see anxiety as part of experiencing fear. However, for some, anxiety masks feelings more difficult to express, like anger, guilt, or grief. Growing … Continue reading

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What are the warning signs of suicide?

     The ultimate risk for someone with depression is suicide. With an ever-increasing military rate of suicide and adolescent suicide, warning signs need to be considered. Contrary to popular belief, bringing the subject up does not cause a depressed person … Continue reading

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Connections between antidepressant medications and suicide.

Is there a connection between antidepressant medications and suicide? What are the potential risk factors of antidepressant medications (in the SSRI category) given to children and adolescents? Do these antidepressant drugs increase the risk of suicide? With an ever-increasing number … Continue reading

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Do I have social phobia?

 Social phobia is a fear of social situations. -Do you work to avoid talking to people? -Do you turn down social invitations? -Do you exit a room, if more than a few people, enter the room? -Do you avoid thinking … Continue reading

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How can writing down your fears help you with trauma? Write it down, reduce your fears!

In Henriette Klauser’s book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, her friend, Janine,  says, “Writing is a good way to force my negative emotional reactions into words, and not stomach churnings.” Klauser describes how writing separates your dreams from your fears. … Continue reading

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How can counseling help you with PTSD symptoms?

     Counseling can help in a number of ways, as pointed out by the National PTSD Center:      1) Identify what triggers your stressful memories and other symptoms.     2) Find ways to cope with intense feelings about the … Continue reading

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What support services help someone with PTSD?

According to the VA Website on PTSD, “Recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be an ongoing, daily and gradual process. It does not happen through sudden insight and it requires veterans to use their strength to reach out for … Continue reading

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