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Katrina Survivors and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In the years to come, we can expect to be faced with monumental emotional fallout from this natural disaster affecting our people. In order to assist those who experience PTSD, one must understand the features of the disorder. Here is a general overview of the symptoms.

Cognitive Therapy’s Approach To Anxiety

Anxiety is a reaction to our thinking, beliefs, and underlying assumptions about life. However, it is usually not our primary anxiety that creates our distress. It is our secondary symptoms—or our anxiety about our anxiety that intensifies our symptoms.

The Mystery Of Dreaming

Carl Jung, founder of Jungian psychology, believed that individual’s store psychic energy in the unconscious mind. The “unconscious” is the inner storing house that is not open to awareness unless we cooperate with ourselves (or our Higher Power), in the journey toward personal growth and development.

Paxil (Paroxetine) Antidepressant Is Linked To Higher Rates Of Suicide Attempts In Adults

Adult patients taking the antidepressant drug paroxetine are at higher risk of attempting to commit suicide than those not taking medication. A new analysis, published in BMC Medicine, of previous clinical data on paroxetine use adds the antidepressant to the list of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) that have been shown to increase suicidal tendencies in adult patients with depression.

Eating Disorders: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Eating disorders are a troublesome problem, usually with an onset during adolescence. Although typically associated with teenage girls, there has been a steady increase in the number of boys affected by this disorder. Whether the individual is anorexic or bulimic, the common thread is a fascination and fear with the notion of gaining or losing weight.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Nightmare After The Ordeal

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by avoidance, hypervigilance, emotional difficulties, and recall behavior such as flashbacks and nightmares after a traumatic event such as rape, war, vehicular accident, or natural disasters. Recent researches have shown that after a trauma, biochemical changes develop in the brain that can result in psychological signs as shown above.

Redefining Anger And Its Role In Psychotherapy

The emotion of anger has suffered from a bad reputation, probably forever. This is a result of the fact that people who hurt other people are often angry, and no one wants to get hurt. While there has been extensive research on the difficulties that anger can cause, recently more research has been done on the beneficial aspects of releasing anger in ways that are constructive. Unfortunately, anger is all too often treated as a dysfunction.

Anger Styles: Red Hot Or Aggressive Anger

While all forms of anger are appropriate to use in some circumstances, the more extreme kinds can be problematic if they form a style, or a typical kind of response to injury. Mental health is about having a full range of options, knowing when particular type of response is likely to be most effective and being able to use your anger appropriately.

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