While fight-or-flight was conceptualized as a way humans respond to certain stressful stimuli in the 1920s, the additional and perhaps less noted third response, freeze, was not widely considered until around 50 years later, and still had not been studied as widely as a response. Freezing as a response to a threat might seem effective, […]
Knowing how painful and challenging life was before recovery and the challenges that our loved ones face in recovery, the question is how do we best support our loved ones in their recovery?
Low self-esteem or a disrupted or disjointed sense of self is one of the hallmarks of addiction. If a person’s self-image is negative, they may struggle with feeling motivated, capable, and worthy – feelings that lead to depressive episodes and often unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance use. While the two are not mutually exclusive […]
There is a part of our mind that retains the sense of curiosity, awe, and innocence we had as children. It keeps us asking questions about new things, playing and seeking joy, and inspires wonder at the world around us. Our inner-child, as it’s referred to in psychology, can also hold onto the harm caused […]
Self-harm is, unfortunately, an incredibly taboo subject that is rarely openly discussed due to a lack of understanding and the feelings of shame and guilt in those that suffer from it. It is not, by itself, classified as a mental health disorder and is usually considered more of a symptom of other diagnoses, which makes […]
With the unprecedented and increasing intensity of the coronavirus outbreak, we have watched the world slowly shut down. World leaders and government officials are calling for people to practice social distancing and to self-quarantine in an effort to help stop the spread. In the U.S., federal and local governments are recommending that people do not […]