Mental Health

Grounding: A Coping Tool for When I Get Triggered

When my inner child, Penelope, gets triggered, my body, mind, and emotions automatically catapult into fight or flight mode. Her number one impulse is to protect herself. She is reacting to perceived harm. These knee-jerk reactions are sometimes beyond my control. They happen so quickly that I, the adult Barbara, don’t have time to reassure… Continue reading Grounding: A Coping Tool for When I Get Triggered

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How Do I Heal from Trauma?

For the past decade, my psychological and spiritual healing has been an upward spiral of understanding and acceptance as I come to terms with how my trauma has influenced my current belief system about myself and the world, and how it continues to affect my thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the present. I have learned… Continue reading How Do I Heal from Trauma?

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Disconnect

Perhaps you have experienced occasions when you’ve “zoned out”. Times when your mind was somewhere else, maybe you’ve even lost track of time. These are usually harmless instances when one simply drifts away for a moment or two, as when one daydreams, or finds a conversation or a lecture boring. I experience symptoms of a… Continue reading Disconnect

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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

While on my journey toward healing, I’ve learned about the importance of forgiving everyone who has ever caused me pain – not for their sake, but for mine. Forgiveness isn’t about letting them off the hook. It’s not about forgetting what they did to me. It’s about freeing myself from the burden of my past.… Continue reading The Healing Power of Forgiveness

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What is this I’m feeling?

I love this photo. It's not of me. I have no photo of myself that conveys what I want to share. To me, the woman in the photo seems to be searching for something that is just out of reach, which is what I am going through right now. I am not sure what has… Continue reading What is this I’m feeling?

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PTSD: Some People Simply Don’t Understand

“You were a kid when that happened – you’re an adult now.  It’s time to move on.” “Everybody’s had terrible things happen to them.” “Everyone’s been wounded at some time in their life.” “You’re not the only person who has suffered pain.” “You can’t let that stuff get you down.” “Snap out of it.” “Laugh… Continue reading PTSD: Some People Simply Don’t Understand

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What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

For you to better understand me, and what I experience, it will be helpful if you understand what PTSD is all about.  The following is borrowed from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website:  http://www.adaa.org Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced… Continue reading What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?