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Childhood trauma reactions: worksheet REST strategy

The REST strategy After having identified self-destructive and problematic behaviours — as well as their costs — there are needed distress tolerance strategies, the first of which is described there: the REST strategy. REST stands for:Relax,Evaluate,Situational intent, andTake action. Changing any habit is difficult. It requires knowledge about the action to be changed, a resolve …

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Childhood trauma: Self-defeating Coping Strategies Worksheet

The Self-defeating Coping Strategies Worksheet helps you to see the cost of unsuitable, though understandable, coping strategies. When emotional and physical pain feels more intense and occurs more frequently than it does for other people, the ensuing distress comes on more quickly and feels like an overwhelming tidal wave, and it never seems to end. …

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Childhood Trauma Disorder (cPTSD): free ACE test online

ACE test on childhood trauma “ACE” in ACE Test stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. This was the name of a study to assess childhood trauma among more than 17,000 adults in the USA. The study clearly showed the connection between childhood trauma and the mental and physical health of those affected in later life. A …

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Hope and resilience after childhood trauma

In 2008, the American Psychological Association published “The Road to Resilience” to help people deal with difficult events that change their lives. The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks, and other traumatic events are very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of …

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Breast cancer – What happens in the brain with a cancer diagnosis?

Insights from trauma therapy help us understand what goes on in our brain when we receive a cancer diagnosis. The inner and outer images perceived in a particular situation, the noises, the smells, the body sensations are initially stored on a “primitive” level in the so-called limbic system. The amygdala (almond kernel), in particular, is …

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Toxic relationships

Toxic relationships – definition A toxic relationship is a relationship characterised by behaviours on the part of a toxic partner damaging to their partner, either emotionally, physically or both. While a healthy relationship contributes to our self-esteem and emotional energy, a toxic relationship damages self-esteem and drains energy. Even a good relationship may have its …

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Emotional triggers

Understand your emotional triggers – and how to deal with them The world can be great and beautiful, but it can also be evil and scary. Some have to endure hardships or deal with traumatic experiences. Such past experiences can affect the way we respond to events in the present. Then emotional triggers can cause …

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Dare more happiness instead of more career

Dare more happiness instead of more career: Seneca Lucius Annaeus Seneca (around 1-65 AD) was a Roman knight’s son in what is now Córdoba. He was one of the richest and most powerful men of his time. Among other things, he was the principal educator and advisor to the future Emperor Nero. His actions as a politician …

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Get out of corona anxiety

Corona anxiety: worrying symptoms According to the mental health charity Mind, the lockdown efforts have also taxed our cognitive resources. Many of us now struggle with a mixture of anxiety, depression, anxiety, fatigue, frustration, confusion, suspicion and powerlessness. Lockdown, isolation from friends and loved ones, loss of job and income – grief and loss on …

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