Understanding the Link Between Trauma and Substance Use

Trauma can have a profound impact on mental health, leading to a range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For many individuals, trauma can also lead to the development of substance use as a coping mechanism. Substance use provides a temporary escape from the pain and distress of trauma, but in the long term, it can exacerbate mental...[ read more ]

Understanding and Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Symptoms can include intrusive memories or flashbacks, avoidance of reminders of the event, negative changes in mood and cognition, and hyperarousal. It's important to note that PTSD can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background, and it can...[ read more ]

Dealing with Trauma: How to Begin Your Healing Journey

Experiencing trauma can be a difficult and painful experience, but it's important to remember that healing is possible. While everyone's healing journey is unique, here are some steps that may help you begin your process of dealing with trauma. The first step is to recognize and acknowledge your trauma. This can be challenging, as many people may try to suppress...[ read more ]

How Trauma Effects Relationships

Almost everyone will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime, any lived experience in which a  person experiences a lot of stress can be defined as traumatic . This trauma can effect multiple parts of a persons life, and especially relationships. Trauma has numerous effects on the persons well being both physical and mental and this can ultimately manifest in...[ read more ]

You’re Body On Trauma

Trauma can effect ones' body in numerous different ways, and with books such as Kolk's The Body Keeps The Score. There has been a wave of interested individuals wanting to know the overarching effects of trauma on the body. Below is a good  diagram of what it looks like to have experienced something traumatic. As we can see from this diagram trauma...[ read more ]

Brain on Trauma

In conjunction with our last blog post, we now know that trauma plays a major keystone in our biological makeup and predisposition to numerous medical and mental diseases. Along with this, trauma all starts with the brain. The ability or lack thereof to process a situation and what we recognize the situation as plays a major role in deciding if...[ read more ]

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Trauma is something sadly many of us experience.  Though well researched in academia and talked about in the general public many people are still not aware of the adverse biological and psychological reactions from early childhood trauma. Below is a Ted Talk from Dr.Nadine Burke Harris. Dr.Harris is a pediatrician and one of the original advocates for better understanding the...[ read more ]

Understanding Trauma: Breaking Free From Trauma

In this week's post, we have been focusing on breaking free from trauma! Though many of us have dealt with this or know someone who has very few of us actually take the steps needed to get out of the situation they are in. This is why here at Renew Counseling we are major advocates for seeking help when needed!...[ read more ]

Understanding Trauma: Breaking Free from Trauma (Coping Mechanisms)

After last week's small break from the series we are back on track for our Understanding Trauma Series. In this post, we will highlight an article for the American Psychological Association which deals with HEALTHY coping mechanisms for dealing with Trauma. The word "healthy" is very important to highlight because there are hundreds of thousands of coping mechanisms one can...[ read more ]

Understanding Trauma: Childhood Trauma (Ted Talk)

This week we focused on the symptoms of trauma. We highlighted common symptoms and also more specific ones that dealt with PTSD. Below is a Ted Talk by Gina Heumann that highlights childhood trauma and how it affects EVERYONE. Below is the link to the Ted Talk, and as said in the first blog post for this week if you...[ read more ]

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