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Trauma

Trauma—our mental and emotional response to a deeply distressing event that overwhelms our ability to process the stress we feel—can make us feel terrible and helpless. In severe cases we may feel paralyzed and unable to help ourselves. The experiences that trigger trauma vary widely, and each individual’s responses will be different. Someone could experience trauma from a distressing social experience that another may laugh off, while the roles may be reversed if the two witnessed the same car crash. The effects of trauma may not be immediately obvious and may surface in seemingly unrelated situations or behaviors. Thankfully, there are many effective therapies available for identifying and working through trauma.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

Jungian Therapy

Jungian therapy is a type of in-depth, talk-based psychoanalytic therapy. During therapy, you are encouraged to explore, and bring together, the unconscious and conscious aspects of your experience.

The Psychological Link Between Trauma and Work Addiction

Addiction is usually thought of in terms of substances: alcohol, cocaine, opioids. But according to Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, it can take less obvious—and more socially condoned—forms, like work, wealth and status.

Abandonment Issues: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and More.

Abandonment issues arise when an individual has a strong fear of losing loved ones. A fear of abandonment is a form of anxiety. It often begins in childhood when a child experiences a traumatic loss.

‘Taking in All the Pain of What They Witness’

Addiction, whether to drugs or other behaviors . . . is always a compensation for the sense of being devalued as a human being.

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