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Emotional and Psychological Trauma

HealthDay News — Poor sleep worsens the association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and chronic pain in youth, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain.
Melanie Noel, PhD, from the University of Calgary in Canada, and colleagues assessed the role of sleep in the relationship between PTSD and pain in youth with chronic pain (97 participants; 10 to 17 years of age).

Strategies for controlling your anger: Keeping anger in check

Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one.
Anger is a natural human experience, and sometimes there are valid reasons to get mad like feeling hurt by something someone said or did or experiencing frustration over a situation at work or home. But uncontrolled anger can be problematic for your personal relationships and for your health.
Fortunately, there are tools you can learn to help you keep your anger in check.

How to Help Kids Manage Anger

As a school counselor, one of the most frequently asked category of questions I receive centers around ‘how do I handle my child’s anger?’ The question is almost always spoken by parents in a voice burdened with shame and embarrassment—as if anger in childhood was a bad thing or that any ‘good’ parent would know how to keep their kids perpetually happy. Neither could be further from the reality of human nature and no adult need berate themselves for the fact that their children act like human beings.

Helping Someone with Depression

When a spouse, family member, or friend suffers from depression, your support and encouragement can play an important role in their recovery. You can help them to cope with depressions symptoms, overcome negative thoughts, and regain their energy, optimism, and enjoyment of life. However, your loved one’s depression can also wear you down if you neglect your own needs. These guidelines can help you support a depressed person in their recovery while maintaining your own emotional equilibrium.

Recovering from Trauma

Not everyone who endures a traumatic experience is scarred by it; the human psyche has a tremendous capacity for recovery and even growth. Recovering from a traumatic experience requires that the painful emotions be thoroughly processed. Trauma feelings can not be repressed or forgotten. If they are not dealt with directly, the distressing feelings and troubling events replay over and over in the course of a lifetime, creating a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Is PTSD taking over your relationship?

Maintaining any healthy relationship can sometimes feel like searching for your partner in a corn maze. When one or both partners involved is dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can feel more like navigating a corn maze while wearing blindfolds. But just because the effects of PTSD can make you feel lost in a relationship, doesn't mean it's doomed to fail.

Remote Controlled: Domestic Abuse Through Technology

Imagine walking into your living room in the morning, only to have the television set turn on by itself, your thermostat click on to 90 degrees, and your doorbell start ringing — although you can see no one is there. Realistic?

When You’re Gone: Deployment Effects On Parenting

“It’s hard, but I think it must be harder for my husband, being away for so long. He missed a lot of firsts when the girls were babies. Thankfully, between deployments he got to see with one, the things he missed with the other.” Blair Johnson, mother of two, Mackenzie age 5, and Macey age 2, has experienced firsthand the hardships of having a spouse away on deployment, as her husband Nathan, an American marine, has spent half of their marriage overseas and in training.

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