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Grief camp for kids: Helping children find the sun after enormous loss

Because children grieve differently from adults, they can benefit from bereavement support tailored to their specific needs.  Grief camps for kids help children process grief and loss through group and one-on-one counseling, yes, but also through play and art.  You can observe the power of children’s grief camps in the…

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…

Uncomplicated bereavement DSM-5: Causes, symptoms, treatment

When the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released, it no longer included a “bereavement exclusion” for the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Clinicians acknowledged that though there is such a thing as “normal grief”, or “uncomplicated bereavement”, that doesn’t mean grief…

Spirituality is important in addiction recovery—it helps individuals find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment during difficult times

Spirituality often varies in definition and in practice—however, it’s ultimately about connecting to something greater than ourselves to live a happier life. Doing so can help us cope during difficult times, which means spirituality can prove important to addiction recovery. Those in addiction recovery (and others) can practice spirituality and…

Alcohol and drugs may seem like the easy solution, but they aren’t. Instead of using substances to cope, address your problem head-on and heal through feeling

When you use substances to deal with your problems, they never get resolved and those negative feelings will still be there. More effective coping strategies include creative endeavors, talking with a trusted love one, and doing things you truly enjoy. Another negative effect of using drugs and alcohol is brain…

What does addiction feel like? Here’s a clear picture of what it’s like to experience addiction, to go through withdrawal, and to work toward sobriety

Many don’t fully understand what it’s like to experience addiction, from developing the illness, to going through withdrawal, to working towards recovery. But it’s important we try our best to achieve a greater understanding, so we can best help those who suffer with the disease. A common misconception is that…

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