Posts by Stanley Wipfli

Finding And Choosing the Right Therapist For You: A Guide

Finding a therapist can be challenging. Your therapist is someone you’ll need to be comfortable with because you will be working through some uncomfortable topics. When we are feeling our best, we don’t look for counseling, and at our low points, finding a therapist can feel frustrating or hopeless. The bond you form with your…

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What Is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is closely related to the traditional post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that many people are familiar with. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder developed after someone has experienced a traumatic event, and it affects nearly 7% of people in the United States. Medical professionals first recognized this anxiety condition as affecting war veterans.…

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What You Need To Know About Trauma

What is trauma? Few people go through life without experiencing it somehow. Trauma is a person’s emotional response to a distressing experience. Unlike ordinary everyday hardships, traumatic events are typically very sudden, unpredictable, or pose a serious threat to someone’s life, and feel beyond a person’s control. Events that are traumatic to the degree they…

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The Biggest Myths About PTSD Debunked

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma comes in multiple forms, and anyone who has witnessed a terrifying, shocking, or life-threatening experience can develop this mental illness. Unfortunately most people will experience trauma to some extent in their lives, but not all trauma leads to developing PTSD. PTSD is…

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How To Support A Loved One Who Has Experienced Trauma

Whether your loved one is a child or an adult, traumatic experiences have lasting effects that can interfere their everyday lives and those around them. Trauma impairs a person’s ability to reason and heightens the brain’s fear and stress responses. Seeing, hearing, or even smelling something can trigger the brain to associate it with a…

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Prolongued Exposure Therapy (PET) Explained

According to a report from the University of Pennsylvania, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afflicts approximately 8% of the population. However, this complex and challenging disorder can be treated. There are proven long-term treatments that can help individuals who have PTSD get their lives back. Prolongued Exposure Therapy (PET) is an empirically-validated treatment based on cognitive…

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Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: How Does CBT Work?

Therapy can be a game-changer for anyone who has experienced and is suffering from trauma, dealing with stress and anxiety, and more. According to the American Psychiatric Association, 75% of people who undergo psychotherapy have reported benefits such as improved thoughts and behaviors, fewer medical health problems, fewer sick days, and higher work satisfaction levels. …

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Things to Know about Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Experiencing a traumatic event is not rare. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 5 out of 10 women and 6 out of 10 men go through at least one traumatic event in their lives. Furthermore, around 6% of the population will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point. Having PTSD is…

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What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Explained

When you experience fear, your body initiates a “fight-or-flight” response. The purpose of this response is to protect you from harm. Although most people recover naturally from fearful events, experiencing ongoing symptoms may signify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most people have heard of PTSD in the context of veterans and military personnel. But it’s important…

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How Can I Help a Loved One with PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be hard on not just the individual experiencing its symptoms, but the family and loved ones around that person as well. When you don’t know how to help someone, it can be frustrating and demoralizing. Changes in a loved one’s personality or attitude can make you feel like it’s…

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