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What is the Trauma Symptom of Avoidance?

Avoidance is a typical trauma response. It is a coping mechanism that you may use to reduce the adverse effects of trauma, such as distressing thoughts and feelings. It is entirely natural to want to not think about a traumatic event or your emotions related to it. However, when avoidance is extreme or the primary …

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What are grounding exercises?

Grounding exercises are practices that can help you manage your trauma symptoms when they occur. To feel grounded is to feel centered. These strategies are good to use when you are struggling to help prevent your symptoms from getting worse. It is also helpful to practice grounding exercises when you are not experiencing symptoms because …

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examples of grounding exercises: deep breathing, hold a piece of ice, listen to nature sounds, take a mindful walk, enjoy a drink or some food

Intergenerational Trauma and Racial Trauma

Black History Month is a celebration of Black people and Black people’s achievements, and a time for recognizing Black people’s central role in the history of the United States. During this period of celebration, it is also essential to acknowledge the trauma that Black people have and still endure in America. This trauma is often …

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What is intergenerational trauma?

About Dr. David Yusko

Dr. David Yusko is a nationally recognized expert in Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE) for PTSD. Dr. Yusko is also an expert in anxiety disorders with particular expertise in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. He is also certified as an exposure and response prevention (EXRP) therapist and supervisor …

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Sexual Assault and Trauma in Women

Sexual assault is one of the most common causes of trauma and PTSD among women. While PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, in reality, around 50% of PTSD cases in the US are developed in the aftermath of sexual or physical violence.     Trauma Symptoms All survivors of sexual violence react differently, some with …

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1 out of 6 women are sexually assaulted

Managing Trauma Symptoms During Quarantine

If you struggled with mental health before the quarantine, it’s likely the current pandemic has not made those issues better. Many people are struggling with mental health and trauma issues more than ever because of COVID-19. Most people experience generalized anxiety, but some are experiencing worsened trauma symptoms, are being traumatized from isolation, or from …

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Dealing with Trauma on 4th of July

Holidays can be a bittersweet time for anyone with PTSD. While you may want to celebrate the holiday with your friends and family, often fireworks can trigger flashbacks and can prevent you from being able to relax and enjoy yourself.  On top of that, we are dealing with many other stressors on Independence Day. 4th …

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PTSD Symptom Checklist

The PTSD Symptom Checklist (PCL-5) is a symptom checking tool that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD. While this assessment does not provide a diagnosis for PTSD, it does help you to monitor how your symptoms change over time.

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