The term “triggered” has gotten a mixed reputation in recent years as it has come to be associated with the efforts of many colleges and universities to protect students from upsetting content or ideas. This new meaning of the term started with the best of intentions. Professors covering material that could be upsetting for those with a history of trauma began to warn students beforehand; hence the term “trigger warning.” Gradually, the term’s use broadened as college communities increasingly used it to warn students about the use of anything that might conceivably be upsetting. (This was unfortunate, as ultimately it is impossible to protect all students from ever being upset by the material, perspectives, or ideas presented in class.) However, triggers are a serious [Read more…]
Alyssa’s panic attack
Alyssa is a high school senior and member of her school’s cheerleading team. She has never had a panic attack. When lifted into the air by her teammates during practice one day, she suddenly feels very dizzy [Read more…]
Many people with sleep difficulties say that Sunday night insomnia is a real problem for them. Why is Sunday night so tough for some people?
Cause 1: Anxiety
Part of the reason we are prone to Sunday night insomnia might be obvious: it is often harder to get to sleep if we are worrying about upcoming work or school. This worry can make it difficult to get to sleep, whether or not it is well-founded. Many people with Sunday night insomnia say they cannot imagine how they will cope with the work and [Read more…]
• Are you stressed by the idea that you can “never keep up” with all that is going on?
• Do you say yes to experiences that you do not enjoy, simply to avoid missing out on them?
• Do you feel that you are constantly “waiting for something better to come along”?
• Do you spend a lot of time regretting past decisions and imagining how things could have been better?
• Do you need to constantly check social media for updates, even while engaging in other enjoyable activities?
• Do you often attempt to compare your life to others’ to see if yours “measures up”?