When someone is gaslighting you, they want you to believe a different reality. It's not easy to detect gaslighting, especially if you are in a close relationship with the gaslighter. The following phrases could indicate someone is using to twist your belief in the truth. It's important to note not every instance of these phrases [...]
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Narcissistic abuse is a level of emotional trauma that can cut deeper into your self-esteem than any other form of abuse you might experience. It can make it difficult for you to trust other people or have healthy relationships for years if you you have suffered under narcissistic abuse. Fortunately, a new strategy is available [...]
Whether an assault, accident, or sexual abuse, childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on an individual. Sadly, cases of maltreatment are quite common, but are rarely dealt with accordingly. As such, people exposed to traumatic events in their childhood are at risk of experiencing mental and psychological behavioural issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, [...]
Unlike what many people tend to assume, addiction and substance abuse are not indications of hopelessness or character flaw. Usually, drug use alters your body and brain's functionality, making it hard for you to quit the behaviour. However, with the right professional intervention and support, you can be sure to beat every kind of addiction; all you need [...]
Emotional abuse can look like many things. It can be one person trying to control another person. It can be a type of deceit in words that we sometimes call gaslighting. It can be one person habitually belittling another person. At the other end of the spectrum is emotional neglect. In a relationship, two people share [...]
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression are not light topics of discussion. The mere mention of them brings an air of seriousness and dark clouds to any conversation. However, this post will highlight a fairly new and highly effective treatment for PTSD and depression. It's called accelerated resolution therapy or ART for short. This new [...]
For those of us who work closely in a therapeutic relationship with people who have experienced trauma or other painful life events, compassion fatigue sometimes feels like an inherent occupational risk. Compassion fatigue, sometimes called secondary traumatic stress, is the condition of becoming utterly emotionally (and physically) exhausted after being exposed to others' trauma for [...]
Emotional abuse tends to slip under the radar, and it is often rationalized by the abuser and the victim. However, the effects of emotional abuse are real, and they are harmful. Learn some of the indicators that could mean emotional abuse is happening in your relationship. 1. Belittling An emotional abuser can control another person [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the anxiety and fear of people around the globe. We fear for our health and the well-being of the most vulnerable members of our society. Canadians have lost their jobs, and businesses have closed. And as millions have applied for employment insurance and emergency benefits, the pressure to return to [...]
The media’s core message on the coronavirus is that even if we behave, coronavirus will change life as we know it for years to come: massive job loss, disease, and yes death, rivaling the Spanish Flu which killed 50 to 100 million people. These are wildly unrealistic and unhealthy messages that can cause fear for [...]
Dissociation and Trauma Pathological dissociation is a common obstacle faced by victims of trauma. In addition to getting in the way of day-to-day life, it may hamper their attempts to seek help. As defined by Verywell Mind, "dissociation is a psychological experience in which people feel disconnected from their sensory experiences, sense of self, or personal [...]
When we think of the holidays, many of us consider terms like "Christmas cheer" or "the holiday spirit." But the truth is that for many people, the holidays serve as a reminder of loneliness, sadness, and loss. Depression, anxiety, and grieving can all be exacerbated by the holiday season. In fact, New Year's Day, [...]
Having an anxiety disorder is no joke. Panic attacks can make the victim feel like there's something seriously wrong with their body. Racing heart, shortness of breath, and shaking can make it hard to distinguish between a panic attack and a heart attack. Fear of the panic attack symptoms often piles on to the initial [...]
Resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks. Test your resilience level and get tips to build your own resilience. When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart? When you have resilience, you harness inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge, such as [...]