learning from trauma

How Can I Learn From My Trauma?

When we go through a traumatic experience, we might struggle to make sense of the issue or find meaning from the event. Anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience, whether a life-threatening event or long-term exposure to stress, might have difficulty reconciling the trauma. Often, those with trauma in their past might ask, “why […]


What is Meant by “Little ‘t’ and Big ‘T’ Trauma”?

Trauma can be a common cause of underlying issues, such as addiction, depression, self-esteem issues, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. Trauma is treatable, and kids dealing with trauma can learn healthy means of coping to heal and move forward. Depending upon how trauma affects a person, treatment can look different from one child to another. […]

Fight or Flight

Fundamentals of the “Flight or Fight” Response

When discussing mental health or addiction issues, the term “flight or fight response” comes up frequently to explain maladaptive human behavior. The “flight or fight” response can explain motivations for behaviors that are reminiscent of survival instincts. While we do not face the same kinds of daily threats that the “flight or fight” response is […]

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How to Help Kids With Complex Trauma

Trauma can be a common underlying condition that might cause other issues, like addiction, depression, anxiety, or self-harm. Healing from trauma can take time and require specialized treatment. How does “complex trauma” compare to other traumas, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? What Is “Trauma”? Trauma can be broadly defined as a maladaptive response to an […]


Living a Meaningful Life with Trauma

When our past is troubling or full of painful experiences, we can struggle to move forward with hope for the future. Trauma is a common underlying cause of addiction. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, approximately 59% of young people with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) develop substance abuse problems. Developmental trauma, a form […]