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Eating Disorders - Causes and Trauma

Posted in Articles, Eating Disorders

How Emotional Trauma Breeds Eating Disorders

By Gina Marchando, DMFT, LMFT, CHT, CIT

The link between early childhood trauma and later development of an eating disorder has been well-established. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 to 50% of women with eating disorders have a history of trauma and abuse. Types of trauma common to those with disordered eating behaviors include sexual, physical or emotional abuse and even witnessing trauma in others – the abuse of a sibling or parent, a crime, or other violent or distressing events. Similar to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, the eating disorder becomes a way to detach from or numb out painful, traumatic experiences.

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Free Your Body of Trauma and Shame

Posted in Articles, Mental Health

Free Your Body of Trauma Response, Conquer Your Shame

By Christie Bates

Often clients will say to me that they’re not so sure about this “trauma resolution” stuff. It’s very body-based, and people usually bring a lot of heady intellectual intelligence into therapy. They may be aware that they are carrying shame as a result of trauma but have little understanding of the fact that shame is also the reason that threatening experiences of danger, harm or neglect get “stuck” in the body as trauma.

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Posted in Recovery

Surviving and Thriving After Trauma: An Interview With Michele Rosenthal

Michele Rosenthal has turned her personal experience with post-traumatic stress disorder into an extensive body of work, one that provides her insights into healing on almost every platform imaginable. The award-winning blogger — she founded — bestselling author, former faculty member of the Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, and host of the radio program “Changing Direction” most recently wrote the book, Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity.

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VA Sued Over Handling of Sexual Trauma Claims

Two veterans’ advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), claiming the organization discriminates against former service personnel with medical problems related to sexual assault or harassment. According to representatives from the Service Women’s Action Network and the Vietnam Veterans of America, when veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by sexual trauma come to the VA with disability claims, they are forced to go to extraordinary lengths to prove the assault or harassment actually took place before compensation will be provided.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

For Those With PTSD Any Public Trauma Could Cause a Spike in Symptoms

In the spring of 2013 there were 12 mass shootings and one terrorist bombing on American soil. Most often the discussion afterward focuses on what was wrong in the life of the perpetrator. While mental health professionals are concerned with what inspires these kinds of acts, they’re also concerned with how they affect people already dealing with an injured emotional state.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Amygdala Response Predicts PTSD Symptoms After Boston Bombings

Thanks to an in-progress study of Boston-area teenagers, a group of researchers had the unexpected opportunity to study how emotional responses predicted PTSD symptoms in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Brain Injury Increases PTSD Risk

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming to an end, but, as family members of service men and women know, soldiers don’t always return home unchanged and unharmed, even when there is not a scratch to be seen. A recent study took a look at how receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects a soldier’s risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later on.

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Posted in Mental Health, Therapy, Trauma and PTSD

Talking Through Trauma an Important Part of Healing

Post-traumatic stress disorder is one emotional reaction to having lived through an intense experience. Certainly the horror and stress of war are capable of affecting a person long after the immediacy of battle has passed. But war is far from the only trauma which can imprint on a person’s emotional state. Trauma can take many forms and its impact too can surface in myriad ways.

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Posted in Early Recovery

Women Abused as Children Twice as Likely to Suffer From Food Addiction

Food addiction is an unofficial term used to describe a relationship to food and eating that essentially mirrors the drug- or alcohol-related behaviors found in people affected by substance addictions. While the condition is not recognized by the highly influential American Psychiatric Association, significant evidence support its existence. According to the results of a new study published in May 2013 in the journal Obesity, women who have a history of either extreme childhood sexual abuse or extreme childhood physical abuse have a much greater chance of developing a food addiction than women who don’t have a history that includes these forms of abuse.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Does PTSD Make It Difficult to Get a Job?

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find it difficult to return to everyday life for multiple reasons. They must become reacquainted with family and friends, adjust to sleeping at home again, and find their way through a day that is considered “normal” by those who have  never been abroad. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 11 percent to 20 percent of these veterans return home with the wound of traumatic experiences and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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