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Book Review: The Optimistic Child

Book Review: The Optimistic Child

The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman, Ph.D. teaches you how to “immunize” your child against depression by teaching them how to think optimistically. Dr. Seligman is the former president of the American Psychological Association and the founder of the Positive...
Why Does PTSD Develop?

Why Does PTSD Develop?

Last week we reviewed what PTSD looks like (you can read about those symptoms here). This week we are going to review why PTSD develops. The focus will be on the role our Fight – Flight – Freeze survival response system plays in the development and maintenance of...

Understanding PTSD Symptoms

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) break down into 4 main categories: Re-Experiencing, Avoidance, Negative Thoughts and Feelings, and Arousal. I wrote bit about this before here.  Let’s imagine for a bit that you got into a car accident on the way...

3 Types of Trauma No One Talks About

When we talk about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) we think of specific events: Combat, Rape, Assault, Fire, Car Accident, etc… However, there are 3 other types of events that occur daily, little by little, over a long period of time that are also...

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is an “evidence based treatment” – meaning there are decades of research showing it works! It is short term, goal focused therapy. CBT believes the way you think about things directly impacts how you feel and what...