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By Valerie Martin, LCSW, RYT, Trauma Therapist and Yoga Instructor at The Ranch With the explosion of yoga in the west over the past two decades, it’s clear that this ancient tradition is shedding its old reputation as an esoteric practice exclusively for the spiritually devout. It’s also not just for those who consider themselves […]

At some point or another, most of us will experience a traumatic event in our lives. If we’re fortunate, we will heal from the physical or emotional wounds and return to our regularly scheduled lives, changed but somehow stronger. While we hear a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our culture, trauma can also […]

Forgiveness is part of the healing process that you will go through as you strive to overcome addiction. While you may recognize that you have to forgive others, you may have a really hard time figuring out how to forgive yourself. There are probably a lot of things that you did in the past while […]

The standard approach to treating depression includes medications and psychotherapy, but in some cases, and for reasons doctors and therapists don’t fully understand, these approaches are only partially successful. Complementary approaches including yoga, exercise, nutrition, and supplements for depression may all be added to a holistic treatment plan to help achieve success. Let’s review some […]

Personality disorders are a group of diagnosable mental health conditions that involve the long-term development of seriously dysfunctional personality traits. The specific traits involved depend on the type of disorder affecting a person. You may wonder how the personality disorder definition differs from the everyday personality quirks that appear in many people from all walks […]

If you’ve ever been accused of being “moody” and wondered if your moods cross the line from normal ups and downs to an actual mood disorder, you may have a condition called cyclothymia, or cyclothymic disorder. There is no cyclothymia test you can take to determine if this is the case, but you can be […]

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychological disorders and they affect twice as many women as men. Also, 30% of women who become pregnant suffer from anxiety disorders. In fact, pregnancy can create or increase anxiety in women. Symptoms can, however, be successfully treated with available anxiety treatments so people who suffer from the […]

Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been used primarily in pediatric surgical settings and veterinary medicine. An interesting property of ketamine is that it affects a set of receptors utilizing glutamate in the central nervous system and brain that govern mood, memory, learning and other functions. This discovery of ketamine’s effects has led to a […]

Delusional disorders are confusing for those afflicted and for their loved ones. If you or someone you care about seems to be suffering from a delusional disorder, learn the differences between similar illnesses and how common delusional disorders are for people over the age of 65.

Depending on the severity of the bipolar disorder, you may have asked yourself, “Can bipolar be cured?” There are four forms of bipolar disorder, each varying in severity. It is a mood disorder affecting the brain, causing shifts in mood, activity, and energy levels that may impact an individual’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. […]