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We have compiled articles to enhance your your understanding of trauma, addiction, emotional regulation and mental health
 Emotions are a normal part of our everyday lives. Everyone experiences them. For some though, feeling these emotions can seem overwhelming, like an out-of-control roller coaster. It is common for one or more strong emotions to occur before an individual engages in self-injury. These often include: guilt, sadness, feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, anger, self-blame, and low self-worth.

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The person dealing with addictive behaviors may react with denial, defensiveness, minimization, or rebellion. Their partner may respond with accusations, judgment, excessive caretaking, or attempts to control the other person’s behaviors. No matter which cycle they are stuck in, there is one thing these couples can agree on: both partners are hurting. What they often cannot agree upon is why.

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In the midst of trauma, it is easy to feel lost, to negatively ruminate, and to see life as unfair. This awareness of our complete vulnerability and lack of control in all things is unsettling. It's natural to feel terrible and to experience strong emotions. It's easy to feel alone and isolated. 

The concept of post-traumatic growth (PTG) is defined as positive psychological transformation following a traumatic experience, a transformation resulting from personal growth both during and after extraordinary difficult times. 

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Although it is not unlawful for parents to cane their children, some lawyers said there are legal “parameters” that ensure it does not go into the realm of child abuse. 

Under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA), inflicting “unnecessary” physical pain, suffering or injury, any emotional harm, or injury to a child’s health or development - amounts to ill-treatment.

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What happens to us as children can affect the attachment style we carry into our adult relationships. Trauma hugely influences attachment.

Often people who grew up in happy, healthy, and stable homes where caregivers were emotionally available and responsive to their needs have a secure attachment style. But not all of us 
have that.

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The process of dissociation usually occurs outside your own awareness, though you may also realize it is happening, particularly if it is in the context of anxiety. The experience involves a disconnection between your memory, consciousness, identity, and thoughts.

While brain normally processes events (such as memories, identity, perceptions, motor function, etc.) together, during dissociation, these parts splinter, leaving you with a feeling of disconnection. Dissociation is a general term that refers to a detachment from many things.

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Your childhood was full of tantrums—impulsivity, mood swings, neediness, fear of abandonment, and extreme sensitivity to rejection. 

BPD doesn't just affect the one who receives the diagnosis; it often leaves a wake of turmoil through entire families as the emotional and relational disturbances ripple outward.

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If you deal with overwhelming anxiety, you know it can affect your entire being. Your mind may be filled with fear and visions of future disasters. Your body will tense as your fight, flight, or freeze system kicks in. 

Anxiety is a many-headed beast, and so any single technique for managing it probably won’t be enough. It takes a more comprehensive approach that addresses the many facets of our anxious experience. 

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Borderline personality disorder, commonly known as BPD, is a mental disorder usually diagnosed in young or early adulthood and affecting between 1.6 and 5.9 percent of Americans, according to Psych Central. It is commonly misdiagnosed or missed altogether as some of the symptoms can mirror other disorders, and BPD often coexists with another disorder. 

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Like many others her age, Ms Michelle Lai enjoys baking, hiking, drawing and doing barre, a workout that incorporates elements of ballet and pilates.

She hangs out with friends and volunteers regularly, giving talks on mental health.

The 30-year-old is living proof of what a diagnosis, medications and therapy can do for someone with a mental health condition.

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Understanding Sexual Abuse Trauma
Survivors of sexual trauma experience shock, fear, sadness, and quite frequently, an anxiety, depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It is not the survivor’s fault that they were assaulted. Yet they have to live with 
the aftermath of the sexual trauma,
Therapy, coping skills, and social support may be helpful to  relieve the burden and help survivors heal. 

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At first glance “freezing” seems like a simple enough idea. It’s a common word with a meaning that we seem to grasp right away, because it conveys what wasn’tdone.

Yet, the brain’s “defense circuitry” is a network of regions that constantly scans incoming sensory information for signs of danger and, once an attack is detected or stress otherwise escalates, can rapidly dominate brain functioning which leads to freezing.

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