Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?Approximately 10 percent of people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a severe trauma, while others go on to experience varying levels of emotional stress. Around one-third of those who develop PTSD will have symptoms for the rest of their lifetimes, while others are able to recover fully from a severely traumatic event or series of events.

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Control vs. Surrender in the Face of Life Change

Posted on May 13th, 2015

Control vs. Surrender in the Face of Life Change

“Change is inevitable, change is constant.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Humans never stop changing — which means we never stop coping with change. From the moment we’re born, we must learn to adapt to our environment in order to live and thrive, often without even being conscious of this instinct. By the time we’re old enough to read the people and circumstances around us, we begin mastering those skills.

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The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery

Posted on May 11th, 2015

The Mindful Path to Addiction RecoveryThe mindfulness movement has its roots in Eastern philosophies and meditation techniques such as those found in Tibetan Buddhism, Indian yoga and Chinese Taoism. The common thread connecting these philosophies is the idea of slowing down, focusing on the breath, the present moment, and directing one’s attention to the immediate experience of life. The goal of a mindful approach to living is to free oneself from excessively ruminating about the past and unnecessarily fretting about the future.

Mindfulness practices attempt to teach us how to embrace the life we are given without judgment. In the words of the old Buddhist proverb, mindfulness leads us to “The joyful participation in the sorrows of existence.” 

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Study Shows Widespread Brain Damage in Alcoholics

Posted on April 30th, 2015

Study Shows Widespread Brain Damage in AlcoholicsA recent neuroimaging study in recovering alcoholics found that they have widespread brain damage, but that to some extent this could be reversed if they got sober before age 50. The study, led by Catherine Fortier, PhD, a neuropsychologist and researcher at the VA Boston Healthcare System and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, was published in the December 2014 online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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