Okay, let’s start with the formal definition: dissociation is a disturbance in one’s experience of reality. It occurs any time there’s a disruption in the normally integrated functions of a person’s consciousness. Dissociation can vary from distortion of perception to total shifts of identity. This phenomenon is often triggered by severe, repetitive psychological trauma. Some […]
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggle with nightmares. The dreams can be so terrifying they’re often afraid to sleep. If this sounds familiar, here are seven nightmare-busting methods to help you conquer bad dreams.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Khalil Jibran It’s normal to feel afraid during a catastrophic event. Emotions can be numb or painful, senses are heightened, and the “fight or flight” response kicks in. Some people want to run. Others find themselves shutting down […]
When this happens, when the past is so painful it’s intolerable and the future is so scary you’re not ready to go there, focus on the NOW.
We’re all anxious at times, especially when stressed or facing something unpredictable. Anxiety and fear help us pick up on threatening things in our environment and react – often before we know what that “thing” is. But anxiety becomes an illness when it starts controlling and ruining one’s life. There are many different types of […]