The current economic situation in our country impacts us not only financially, but also psychologically. We all know it because we can feel it, but there are not-so-obvious pitfalls that can be avoided if you know what and where they are.
We can navigate through this period and come out the other side healthy and happy.
Job loss, of course, presents money problems, but here’s another predicament. People who’ve lost their jobs suddenly find themselves with a lot more time on their hands. If they liked to come home from work every day and have a drink, they now may feel that they can take a drink whenever they feel like it. And they do. Too much. Too often.
You can see how they came to think like that, really. They’ve lost the structure that work provided, and without that structure, drugs and alcohol can play a bigger part – they’ve got the time and they don’t have to show up somewhere sober or drug free. So, this is something to be guard against. (more…)Learn More
Something horrible has happened to you or someone close to you. For example a near death experience, a car accident, war experiences or being a victim of a violent crime.
The disorder can be divided into four parts the first is trauma, the second is re-experiencing the trauma, the third is avoiding anything which is a reminder of the trauma and finally the fourth is increased arousal.
Traumas are usually violent and deadly in nature. That overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. A complicating factor is the sense of being helpless or out of control. Being shot at is a common example. Being robbed, raped, beaten or tortured. Violent natural or man made events where death is possible.
The re-experiencing the trauma involves nightmares or flashbacks. People feel they are re-living, every aspect of the trauma. They may experience illusions and hallucinations of the traumatic event. (more…)Learn More