Do you always feel like there are at least six things you should be doing? Over time, rushing from one task to the next and to the next can take a toll. The busyness and stress of life can make you feel like you’re about to explode.[Read more…]
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) is somewhat different from PTSD. Here’s what you need to know about distinguishing cPTSD from PTSD and the treatment for each of these conditions.
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a syndrome that affects some people who have been through a traumatic event. Traumatic events typically involve serious harm or the threat of serious harm. Examples include things like sexual assault, motor vehicle accidents, combat, sexual or physical abuse, assault or mugging, natural disasters, and accidents. Traumatic events can also involve the unexpected or violent loss of a loved one.
If you experience the following symptoms due to a traumatic event, you may have PTSD:[Read more…]
Not every relationship is worth preserving. For those relationships you want to maintain or improve, The ‘GIVE’ skills from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) help you do just that.
G — (Be) Gentle. One part of being gentle is to avoid being attacking or threatening in your communication. These types of actions are likely to put others on the defensive and to have a destructive effect on the relationship. This skill is important to use especially when the other person doesn’t do something you’d like them to do. It can be tempting to use anger or threats to change their mind, but this will not help you accomplish your goal of maintaining the relationship. Instead, be willing to take “no” for an answer.[Read more…]
Lots of people have difficulty with change — but it always comes. Change is inevitable. So how can we improve our emotional and mental health to be better at coping with it?
Being Unprepared for Change Is a Problem
Life is full of changes. So why do they throw us for a loop so often?[Read more…]
There are a lot of options out there to address emotional problems. Two of the most prominent types of therapy — DBT and CBT — have similar names and approaches. How should you choose between DBT vs CBT?[Read more…]