Are you someone who is continually afraid and anxious? You may not even know what it is you are afraid and anxious about...you just know that you are. If you know what it is you’re anxious about, you struggle because you think you can’t do anything about it. Well, there are some things you can do about it, so read on.
Have you ever had something happen to you and said “I can’t believe that just happened!” If you have, then you’ve experienced the feeling of shock. It can be a negative or a positive feeling, but it can keep you from getting over events unless you’ve dealt with it in a constructive way.
Are you someone who wonders how bad things have gotten in your life? You know some really bad things have happened to you, but don’t know if others have suffered as much as you? All the same, you may wonder what to do about the trauma you have experienced in your life. If these questions sound like they apply to you, then you need to know about the 5 T’s of Trauma. Read More
Have you recently experienced a traumatic event and wondered ‘What the heck am I supposed to do about this?’ You’ve probably been so shocked or stunned that you have trouble even thinking at all. A recent experience of mine has prompted me to come up with some steps anybody can hopefully take to minimize the emotional fallout of the event and help you to regain functional status. Read More
Are you someone who suffered trauma in your early years and wound up developing an addiction afterwards? If this is what’s happened to you, you’ve found one way of coping with your problems; but have wound up with another problem of equal or greater size in doing so. It’s alot like dealing with a two-headed monster. If one of them doesn’t get you, the other will.
Trauma is something that happens to people that comes to totally dominate people’s lives because of events that are so jarring that they tend to create a railroad effect for other negative things that happen in someone’s life. There are 4 things you can do if you’ve been affected by these events to lessen or neutralize the effects of trauma: Read More
Do you ever wonder why you start feeling so sad and depressed at the same time every year? Well, it could be because of the ‘dis-anniversary.’ Read More
Are you someone who can walk into a scary situation, maybe into a dark place, and think you see things in the dark? Do you ever recall frightening situations with amazing clarity and continue to be haunted by those memories. Do you talk about fearful situations that have happened in the past with friends or family members and they tell you how they just don’t remember things happening that way? If this is the case, you may be hallucinating as part of PTSD symptoms. Read More
With all the hurricanes and earthquakes that have been happening in parts of North America in the last few months, people are suffering due to being displaced and losing homes, property, loved ones, and other unpleasant consequences from these natural disasters. Getting on with life can be very difficult and arduous, to say the least. What often gets overlooked in these situations is the emotional suffering that can make things even harder for someone who has been victimized by these horrific events. Read More
Have you ever found yourself obsessing about something you know is trivial, but find it hard to break out of that thought pattern? Have you just had the same kinds of thoughts keep streaming into your mind, no matter what you do? If this has happened to you, you may be falling victim to what I’ll call the ‘thought gremlins.’ Read More
Have you ever found yourself perseverating about something that happened in the past and been unable to get your mind off it? Have you ever found yourself reacting to new situations as if they were something from your childhood or a recurring horrific event you consciously know has passed? Does this happen despite what you tell yourself before or during these events? If this is the case with you, your thinking may be being driven by trauma. Read More
This is an interview with Mike Kampschaefer, PsyD, who is a noted therapist and psychoanalyst in the Oklahoma City area. He is an expert on childhood issues and their impact in later life, as well as being my brother. Read More
Do you find yourself reliving the past? Do memories come back over you with the same awful details that they always have? If this describes what you experience, you may have PTSD affecting your memories. PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a condition where memories are frozen in the brain in a way that causes distress and negatively affects the brain and the rest of the nervous system. Read More