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  • by Jessica Yaffa, BA, CPC Often when we think of the word trauma we imagine a gory scene from a movie that includes significant violence, injury, and direct physical harm. The fact of the matter is that trauma can be anything that the individual who has experienced this challenge(s) identifies as unmanageable or overwhelming. For the purposes of this article, we can define trauma as an experience that outweighs a person’s ability to cope.  Some examples of trauma might include: Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, psychological) Domestic violence or intimate partner violence Severe mental illness Medical events (illness, invasive treatments) Homelessness...
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  • by Reya Kost, Psy.D. Beginning with an article published in Biological Psychiatry (2015), epigenetic inheritance of trauma has become a much-discussed concept.  Rachel Yehuda and colleagues claimed that they had found a genetic explanation for children of Holocaust survivors being likely to experience symptoms of trauma. Their work explained that the experience of trauma causes changes to DNA and those changes are then passed on to biological offspring – or are epigenetically inherited.  In the two-plus years since the publication of the article, the concept has exploded in popularity and is even included in the work of the famed Deepak...
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  • by Jessica Yaffa, BA, CPC Many of us relate Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to soldiers who have experienced combat and the profound aftermath of war. However, PTSD doesn’t only affect our heroes coming off the battlefield. It is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to any traumatic event, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, severe physical injury, witnessing death, or other perceived threats on a person's life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a...
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  • by Karolyn Johnson, MA, LMFT Trauma is a buzz word that is used frequently these days. It has a negative connotation for some, evokes empathy from others, but what we don’t often consider is the impact unresolved trauma has on our everyday life. Unfortunately, so many people have experienced something that made a deep impact on the way they think, act and feel, and have not yet processed that experience(s). While you may not think of those experiences as trauma, the suggestion is that trauma is a wide and varied category. In a nutshell, trauma is an event(s) that results...
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  • Our family at Haven Hills Recovery is thrilled to announce the opening of our treatment center and the launch of our new website! We invite you to explore our many pages of who we are, how we approach treatment, and the exceptional program we have to offer. Orenda is a treatment center for eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. We warmly welcome co-occurring psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder as well. Haven is a term which describes the a place of safety and refuge. We are here to help individuals learn how to change their lives and...
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