PTSD

Float On: Why A Floatation Tank Is The Ultimate Deep-Relaxation Tool

Admittedly a definite luxury, floatation tanks can force you to take a break in ways which you might not normally be able to.

Few things make a body feel better than less things holding it back, be it physical, emotional, or gravitational.

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Everything I've Learned About Living With Abandonment Issues

I was consistently pondering this emptiness inside me.

I grew up knowing my family always had its very own black cloud. Like a backyard pet that comes and goes when it pleases, a room locked but filled with things we weren’t allowed to look at or set free. And it was all passed down to me like some broken heirloom — my ancestor’s weaknesses and fears, swirled into DNA’s mad ritual. Does the body sometimes take into itself — take from its creators — what it cannot heal from? Sometimes, yes.

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How I Coped And Survived My Life — After Being Abused

I want freedom.

Trauma has a way of breaking people down. It's consumed almost every moment of the last 15 years of my life- from the mental health consequences, such as PTSD and years invested in therapy, to the trouble I have connecting with other people and opening up.

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I Have C-PTSD But You’d Never Guess Why

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When my therapist told me in 2012 that I presented with symptoms of PTSD, I was relieved, but also in disbelief.

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The Shower, PTSD, And My Traumatic Labor

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[CN: PTSD, pregnancy, birth] Something snapped inside me and I was transported backwards in time.

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The Shower, PTSD, And My Traumatic Labor

The baby is on the outside. Image: Thinkstock.

[CN: PTSD, pregnancy, birth] Something snapped inside me and I was transported backwards in time.

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Years Of Abuse Have Left Me With C-PTSD: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

C-PTSD: PTSD's lesser-known cousin.

C-PTSD stands for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) or complex trauma. It’s a diagnostic term for a set of symptoms resulting from prolonged social or interpersonal stress, especially in the context of interpersonal dependence. It’s a tricky diagnosis to land on, given the way trauma is dealt with in the mind and by society. Like Kristof, I wouldn’t have told you there was anything wrong with my childhood. It took years of therapy to catalog early life experiences that were profoundly affecting, if not necessarily severe.

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