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Part 4 of 4: Healing and Treatment Options

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PTSD Part 3 of 4 : War and Employment Related PTSD; PTSD Effects

War and Employment Related PTSD:

Physical and mental injuries caused by trauma have always been a part of war and employment such as emergency response teams, firefighters, etc. The effect on the human mind is widely known today, as well as in history. Self-blame, depression, disturbed sleep, anger, violence, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and PTSD are many problems that people face after such trauma has occurred in their life. It can be very hard for others to understand just what that person is going through, and most are not sure how to help.

PTSD Part 2 of 4: Signs and Symptoms, The Biological Response

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

There are several symptoms and signs that people may be experiencing with PTSD. Some people may experience all symptoms, or only a few. PTSD cases are not all the same, and can take different forms in different people. Signs and symptoms also depend on the severity and duration of the traumatic event.

Guest Blogger - Alexa McDonald, RSW: Childhood Abuse Effects on Adult Mental Health

Child abuse and neglect hurt. The degree of hurt depends on factors such as the severity of the abuse and the child’s environment. The more severe and prolonged the abuse, the greater the harmful effects on mental health. Abuse happens within the context of a child’s life. The greater the degree that a child’s home environment lacks safety and protection and the less their needs are met within the home, the more serious the impact. Being unsafe and bullied in school also increases the impact on mental health.

PTSD Series: Part 1 of 4 - Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In this Four Part Series we will cover several aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to give a clearer picture of PTSD, and to help those in the journey to healing.

Part 1: Understanding PTSD, Different Traumas

Part 2: Signs and Symptoms, The Biological Response

Part 3: Home Life Effects, War and Employment Related PTSD

Part 4: Healing, Treatment Options 

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~Thomas Fuller

Understanding the Effects of Emotional Abuse in Childhood

Were You Taught to Allow Yourself to be Emotionally Abused?

Understanding What Sibling Abuse Is

Bullying in the home can be worse than in the schoolyard because the victim must live with this every day. In any household where children live together and grow up together, there can be sibling abuse.

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Your Life

Have you ever felt like people seem to walk all over you? That you might be like a “doormat” in your relationships with others? If you feel that you have a hard time saying the N O word, then you need to re-evaluate what boundaries, or limitations (if any) you have set. Make sure that you are setting healthy boundaries, and not putting up walls. This is not being selfish, it is self-care.  You can take care of others better when you take care of yourself.

Poverty and Trauma: How they are Linked and How You can Help

Four years ago the Centre was launched in reaction to the lack of affordable, long term therapy available to men and women in our community. Over the years, we have noted a striking trend in that many members of our community cannot afford the therapy they so desperately need.  Almost 50% of our clients pay the lowest fees on the sliding scale.

The "Cycle of Abuse" Myth

Everyone has heard the idea that abused children will grow up to abuse their own children. It's been accepted as a fact for years now. It makes an easy explanation: How could someone act that way? It must be something learned in childhood. If everyone is shaped by environment, then growing up in a bad environment must create a bad person If we learn how to act towards children from our own experiences as children, and those experiences are bad, we must grow up to believe that's how things should be.

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