How to Recognize and Overcome Trauma

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Trauma is an emotional response to a negative event. Coming to realise that you might actually be traumatised is the first step in healing. Psychological trauma impacts many of us—it …

Understanding Mind-Wandering

Understanding Mind-Wandering

If you think the mind grinds to a halt when you’re doing nothing, think again. Spontaneous thought processes — including mind-wandering, but also creative thinking and dreaming — arise when …

How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

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Worrying about finances can tax the brain just as much as staying up all night. There’s no question that dealing with mortgages, car payments and other bills takes up time …

Can We Get Better at Forgetting?

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Some things aren’t worth remembering. Science is slowly working out how we might let that stuff go. Whatever its other properties, memory is a reliable troublemaker, especially when navigating its …

Coping With Re-Experiencing Symptoms in PTSD

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Re-experiencing—having sudden and unwanted traumatic memories that intrude into or even seem to replace what’s happening now—is a core symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have PTSD, chances …

The Attention Economy Is Eating Our Brains

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I start by discussing dinner but end up detailing an alien invasion by four-eyed chickens in bikinis just to see if my son will notice. We’ve all been there—madly wrestling …

Treatment for PTSD

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The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work …

Releasing Obsessive Thoughts About The Future

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Mindfulness is a buzz word these days. I find myself saying it even to my mostly pre-verbal toddler, things like “Please be mindful of the dog’s tail,” or “Let’s watch …

The Trouble With Being Happy

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Lots of animals have thoughts, but humans are unique because we can have thoughts about our thoughts. We can feel content about feeling happy. Or we can also feel disappointed …

The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety

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Fear and anxiety often occur together but these terms are not interchangeable. Even though symptoms typically overlap, a person’s experience with these emotions differs based on their context. Fear relates …

What is Post-Traumatic Growth?

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That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… It’s an adage that’s backed up in part by studies of people who’ve been through a trauma, such as a car accident …

The Effects of Childhood Trauma

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Although adults often say things like, “He was so young when that happened. He won’t even remember it as an adult,” childhood trauma can have a lifelong effect. And while …

What Makes A Human Brain Unique?

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A Newly Discovered Neuron May Be A Clue Scientists have taken another step toward understanding what makes the human brain unique. An international team has identified a kind of brain …

Maybe Your Sleep Problem Isn’t a Problem

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The conventional wisdom is that morning people are high achievers, go-getters, while late risers are lazy. But what if going to bed in the wee hours is actually an advantage? …

A Toxic Brew

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Adult children of alcoholics face down denial, but it’s a trauma they carry throughout their lives.   If alcoholism seems like a lot to handle, imagine growing up with addicted …

Where Does Happiness Reside in the Brain?

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Neuroscience research points toward the role our brains play in our happiness, even if we don’t understand all the brain’s mysteries yet. Ever wonder why we get a warm feeling …

Does Being Spiritual Make You Healthier?

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Examining the spirituality-health connection Ever since the late 1990s, there’s been an explosion in the number of studies devoted to examining the role that spirituality and religion have on health. …

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear

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Negative childhood experiences can set our brains to constantly feel danger and fear says psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk. He’s the author of the recently published …

Symptoms and Treatments for Post Traumatic Stress

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Through years of research, a number of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been identified. These are symptoms that can develop following the experience of a traumatic event and …