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Learn to bear with what’s going on inside. That means learning to observe and tolerate the heartbreaking and gut-wrenching sensations that register misery and humiliation. Only then can you start to befriend rather than obliterate, the emotions that keep you in fixed and immutable maladaptive behaviors. Erasing awareness and cultivating denial are often essential to […]
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Four deep questions about mental health arose while talking to my sister about healing recently : 1. Do therapists heal you? The short answer is no, they don’t — you heal yourself. Overwhelmed by all kinds of fears, insomnia, endometriosis, food addiction, and overall dissatisfaction with my life, I too hoped that someone or something […]
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Emotional trauma impedes the capacity to decern what is going on inside the body. This causes you to be out of touch with your needs. Trouble to take care of yourself, whether it involves eating the right amount at the right time, getting enough sleep, or lack of a nuanced response to frustration, not discerning […]
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Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives. To people who have signs of emotional trauma disruptions, nothing makes sense; they are trapped in a life-or-death situation, a state of paralyzing fear or blind rage. Signs […]
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The importance of social support in health and wellness does not come from isolating oneself into a narrowly defined victim group. Extreme isolation only promotes a view of others as irrelevant at best and dangerous at worst, which eventually only leads to further alienation. Gangs, extremist political parties, and religious cults may provide solace. But […]
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How to recover from emotional trauma is laborious and as long as the trauma is not resolved, the stress hormones that the body secretes to protect itself keep circulating, and the defensive movements and emotional responses keep getting replayed. The overwhelming experience is split off and fragmented, so that the emotions, sounds, images, thoughts, and […]
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If there was a Yelp page for Borderline Personality Disorder, there would be some mixed reviews. While I’ve heard some people refer to those with Borderline Personality Disorder as “blooming flowers; gentle and sensitive, but worth opening up,” I’ve also heard others use words like, “unlovable,” “manipulative,” “destructive,” or “impulsive.” I can live with those […]

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