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One of the top methods of therapy used for treating several anxiety types, phobias, forms of PTSD, and general depression is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)--a method of psychotherapy that has grown in popularity over the last decade. When you seek EMDR counseling from trauma centers specializing in the treatment of PTSD like Serenity Trauma, you can expect to develop healthy coping mechanisms with newly rebooted brain cells that will enable you to live your daily life without the overwhelming feeling of anxiety consuming you. Traditionally, EMDR counseling contains 8 phases one will experience in their treatment from a trained therapist. This article is intended to help people seeking EMDR counseling learn more about what to expect in this specialized treatment method for PTSD, anxiety, and depression.   1. EMDR Counseling Begins with Treatment Planning  Before your treatment plan can be carved out, your EMDR therapist must first work with you in phase one to map out your medical history and identify the specific source of the trauma that has been affecting you. In addition to this, your EMDR therapist will pinpoint the triggers, as well as their intensity level. Then, your therapist will chart out treatment goals that...
  When some of us have survived a traumatic event in which life-threatening situations were present and others lost their lives, it can be normal to have feelings of guilt that we survived while others didn't. However, when we begin to show symptoms of survivor’s guilt PTSD, the quality of our life, our overall happiness, and our relationships with others can suffer. Reaching out for support from a survivor’s guilt PTSD treatment center like Serenity Trauma can be an ideal way to help you reclaim your life and move on with grace and ease. The Complexities of Survivor’s Guilt PTSD: What You Need to Know Before Seeking Help Most people who have survivor’s guilt PTSD aren’t even aware they have this condition, and often there are many underlying complexities. According to research out of Notre Dame University by Amber L Griffioen titled ‘Regaining the ‘Lost Self’: A Philosophical Analysis of Survivor’s Guilt’, the researcher reveals that much of the trauma people diagnosed with survivor’s guilt PTSD stems from the turbulence that resides between shame and guilt, and how the two interact within the psyches of survivors. Specifically, she argues that survivor’s guilt often represents a kind of response to feelings...
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder one can be diagnosed with after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. These events can range from natural disasters to accidents, and from acts of violence to combat and graphic or catastrophic injuries. People can also have PTSD from being the victim of abuse, having a life-threatening medical condition, or undergoing an invasive surgery. Ultimately, there are a number of things that can cause PTSD in a wide range of people. According to the National Center for PTSD, roughly six out of every 100 people in America have PTSD, and nearly 15 million adults are diagnosed with PTSD every year. Typically, people with a PTSD diagnosis either go on a medication prescribed by a doctor, will seek PTSD support through anxiety treatment centers offering various types of therapies, or they will benefit from both of these solutions. The Mayo Clinic states that trauma-focused therapies are the most highly recommended types of treatment for PTSD. In the arena of psychotherapies “trauma-focused” means that the treatment method centers on the memory of the traumatic event and its meaning. There are many techniques used to help patients process and make healthy sense of the traumatic...
There are many benefits to practicing gratitude. Keeping a gratitude journal and writing for around five minutes a day about things we are grateful for has been shown to enhance long-term happiness by over 10%. Gratitude can also help us experience more positive emotions and allow us to reflect on our lives in a more positive way. A regular gratitude practice can influence well-being, mental strength, and psychological health. A state of gratitude is something we can attain with daily practice. In addition to the above benefits, gratitude can make us more resilient and reduce envy. A study has shown that participants who completed a four-week gratitude program experienced greater life satisfaction and reported higher self-esteem. Other evidence shows that a regular “attitude of gratitude” can help us sleep better, feel more alive, have stronger immune systems and better physical health, and experience more compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others. There are some additional social benefits. A study showed that people who practice gratitude have a wider social network, better relationships, and more friends. Gratitude plays a key role in forming relationships, as well as in strengthening existing ones. Some other effects are improved relationships with significant others, increased...

Health and Nutrition During the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner which means increased time with loved ones, the potential increase in feelings of loneliness or isolation from others, and often an increase of negative mental health symptoms. Health and Nutrition are key areas to focus on in Mental Health Recovery, especially when it comes to the holidays. Food intake is directly related to our mood regulation. Below is information on foods to indulge in and foods to avoid when regulating symptoms of anxiety. Foods To Eat When Struggling with Anxiety Foods that increase feelings of calm are helpful for living with anxiety: Protein: Protein helps the brain to regulate itself and often contains amino acids that produce neurotransmitters, which help to decrease negative symptoms of depression and anxiety. Protein also helps to slow the release of sugar into the blood stream, which leads to decreased irritability, tiredness, and consistent energy levels. Tryptophan: Tryptophan is a vitamin that produces sleep inducing chemicals, which is primarily found in turkey. That chemical is why you often get sleepy after indulging in Thanksgiving dinner! Tryptophan can help to calm the hyper energy of anxiety disorders. Some studies have even found a correlation between high levels of tryptophan...

National Stress Awareness Day (NASD)

National Stress Awareness Day (NASD) is on every first Wednesday in November and was founded by Carole Spiers, a chairperson of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), which is a registered charity promoting knowledge about stress, best practices for stress management, well-being, and performance. This day is about recognizing that it is not worth stressing over situations that you cannot control. Stress Awareness day is a time to take a moment and reflect on all the stressors of the modern world, understand their impact, and to learn ways to mitigate the damage that stress can make. Last year, 74% of people felt so stressed that they couldn’t cope. Some statistics show that more than 100,000 Americans die due to work-related stress. Stress is your body’s normal reaction to pressure or threats to well-being, sometimes called the “fight or flight” response. By design, this was an adaptive mechanism to help the brain respond well to danger. Once the response is triggered, your body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which may impact physical symptoms and can lead to anxiety attacks if left untreated. Once the threat has passed, your stress hormones usually return back to baseline. Stress has a certain...
The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat. There are many words to describe Kate Hudson — she’s an actress, a mom, a podcaster and a brand founder — but perhaps the most fitting word at the moment is simply busy. After all, Hudson — most recently seen in the juicy Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told — has a very big life. The daughter of Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell balances spending time with her tight-knit family with her many projects, but when she does have a free moment, it’s rarely to sit still. As Hudson tells Yahoo Life, she craves movement, be that a dancing session in her bathroom or a gravity-defying workout routine. - ADVERTISEMENT - That’s why she needs a diet plan that works for her — which is what WW, the brand she’s been an ambassador for since 2018, can provide, thanks to its recently launched system of PersonalPoints. The program, which Hudson says helped her find balance, includes activity targets — ideal for someone like Hudson, who calls herself a "frustrated athlete." Here, Hudson explains what wellness means...
When most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) they drum up images of war veterans that have experienced horrific acts on the battlefield. But, there are various types of PTSD, and a number of experiences that can create post-traumatic stress disorder in a wide range of people. There are various types of therapies used to treat PTSD; a therapist must consult with the patient, diagnose the disorder, factor in the patient’s medical history and other points, and then determine the best treatment. One popular option: brainspotting therapy treats PTSD, and other mental disorders that touch thousands of people.  When you come to Malibu to meet with a therapist at Serenity Trauma, one of our expert therapists will meet with you and determine the best treatment plan, and brainspotting could very well be an ideal option. What is Brainspotting Therapy? Brainspotting is an advanced type of therapy that taps into the parts of our brain that are typically shrouded from the light of our awareness. Brainspotting is a type of psychotherapy that provides a method for diagnosing and treating a patient that’s experienced trauma by notating eye position in tandem with traumatic memories housed in the brain. Brainspotting therapy bulks...
Scapegoating, in some cases, is a way for families to cover up issues they cannot face. When this happens, an individual (usually a child or sibling) is targeted by the rest of the family and becomes the root cause for all that is wrong in their inner circle. Often, the sibling who was perceived as the favorite will be the target of family scapegoating--a practice that can leave one with great degrees of trauma, including PTSD. Healing centers like Serenity Trauma offers multiple treatment types for family scapegoat PTSD victims, and each treatment is customized to the individual, including the treatment approach. Here are four important things you should know about family scapegoat PTSD, and why seeking treatment is critical to one’s ability to live a happy, confident life. 1. Why do Cases with Family Scapegoating Exist? According to multiple studies carried out by reputable sources, emotionally unstable or mentally ill parents (including narcissists and people with personality disorders) are significantly more likely to scapegoat their child than stable and emotionally healthy parents. In some cases, parents have attacked their child to release bottled up frustration, and their own feelings of abandonment. In addition, parents will scapegoat a child as...

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