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How can adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma affect us in adulthood?

Adverse childhood experiences are classified as a form of childhood trauma that can increase our chances of significant mental and physical health problems later in life.   Adverse childhood experiences may take the form of parents divorcing, family violence, verbal or physical abuse, a family member’s terminal illness, sibling bullying,…

Relationship PTSD: The effects of an emotionally abusive relationship

Any kind of abuse—whether it be physical, emotional, mental, sexual, etc.—can lead to PTSD, as abuse is a highly emotionally distressing experience. The overactivation of stress hormones causes the victim of abuse to experience a fight, flight or freeze response, which makes it near impossible for the individual to focus…

I Hate My Parents. Is That Normal?

Many people have close relationships with their parents — in fact, some consider their mother or father their best friend. But that isn’t always the case. There’s a less fortunate narrative: Some people hate their parents. They don’t just lack that connection or disagree with their parents from time to…

Can a violent relationship get better? Understanding the difference between characterological and situational violence

Violent relationships are never okay, but is it possible for them to get better? That depends on if it’s characterological violence or situational violence. Characterological violence is rooted in controlling and dominating behavior; this form of abuse is often innate and unchangeable, which means the relationship is likely unsalvageable. Situational…

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