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Posted in Eating Disorders, Mississippi

Motivation, Denial and the Stages of Change

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi

“This is ridiculous. It’s not a problem. I only purge when I get really stressed. I have to have something….” That was Belinda on her first visit to my office. When she passed out at her best friend’s wedding from dehydration due to laxative abuse, her family insisted she see me. Belinda’s ex-husband was attending the wedding with his new girlfriend and Belinda was worried how she’d look in her dress.

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Posted in Mississippi, Trauma and PTSD

The Complex Nature of Trauma Treatment

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi

What we experience early in life can influence our future responses. A psychologically traumatic event from your past may impact how you think, feel and behave today. That’s how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. While addiction is an illness of the brain, PTSD is more of an injury to the brain—something from the outside that happened to the person. In fact, we have evidence from the research of psychiatrists, like Bessel van der Kolk, that psychological trauma actually damages the anatomy of the brain. Some behavioral health professionals even prefer the term post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) over PTSD.

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Posted in Articles, Mississippi

What Do I Do When My Joy Is Gone?

By Chuck Robinson

MA, LADC/MH, CSAT, National Director of Christian Programming and Outreach

My mom used to say, “You can get glad in the same britches you got mad in.”

My loss of joy usually comes from me allowing an external circumstance to affect my mood. Somehow, some way, something in this world, as I see it, goes awry. It snows when I have a picnic planned, it rains on a children’s soccer game. These things are external issues over which I have absolutely no control, and yet a lack of control steals my joy. How do I get out of that mess? 

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Posted in Early Recovery, Mississippi

Lake Tenkiller Daze and My Leap of Faith Into Recovery

By Chuck Robinson

MA, LADC/MH, CSAT, National Director of Christian Programming and Outreach

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