How Does Past Trauma Affect Coping Mechanisms And Substance Abuse?

How Does Past Trauma Affect Coping Mechanisms And Substance Abuse?

Mental health and physical health treatment is becoming increasingly intertwined. Research and clinical experience is revealing no clear line between the two. Many disorders, such as eating disorders, are explicit in their overlap, with symptoms appearing in both mental and physical variations. Recent research has also shown a connection between clinical depression and systemic inflammation. […]

REM Sleep Critical for Emotional Health

REM Sleep Critical for Emotional Health

Maintaining adequate sleep levels is a foundation of good health, along with good nutrition and regular exercise. Whether sleep is sacrificed for work or pleasure, the effects are quickly felt in the form of low energy and irritability. A new study finds that a lack of sleep may contribute to mental health problems, specifically symptoms […]

Violence in Childhood Primes Soldiers for PTSD

Violence in Childhood Primes Soldiers for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a form of Combat PTSD Basics potentially debilitating anxiety that appears in some people following exposure to highly disruptive or traumatic life events. Although a number of events can trigger the onset of the disorder, it’s frequently associated with exposure to combat during military service. However, according to the results of […]

Giving Trauma Due Attention in Addiction Treatment

Move over depression and anxiety, trauma is making a comeback as an increasingly recognized and treated co-occurring disorder in addiction treatment. We have long understood that trauma and addictions frequently go hand in hand, but a growing number of clinicians and treatment programs are developing the resources to comprehensively treat both addiction and trauma. A […]

Drunken Angel, by Alan Kaufman

For fans of the work of Alan Kaufman, reading Drunken Angel might be a bit of an exercise that they’re unprepared for. On the other hand, even if you’re familiar with Kaufman’s writing, you’ll clearly be able to recognize the author’s voice in this brutally frank memoir.