Codependency and Love Addiction – What’s the Difference?

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While both codependency and love addiction stem from childhood trauma (and often go hand-in-hand), it is possible to suffer from love addiction without being codependent – and vice versa. Roughly two decades ago, a deeper understanding of the insidious disorder now known as love addiction was just beginning to emerge. Our earliest understandings of the […]

Anger, Rage, and Trauma Recovery

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Could Misplaced Anger be a Sign of Healing? We often view anger as an unhealthy emotional response to deeper, underlying issues. If a man yells at his girlfriend for ‘flirting’ with another man, for example, he may be expressing deep-seated insecurities in an impulsive way, falling back on rage because hurt (emotional vulnerability) may be […]

Video Game Addiction – Fact or Fiction?

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Although not yet recognized by the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), video game addiction is widely accepted as an impulse control disorder, very similar in nature to compulsive gambling or shopping. Those who are afflicted with the pathological use of computer or video games will typically participate in multi-player online role-playing […]

EMDR and Trauma Recovery

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective method of psychotherapy, first developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. Shapiro noticed that moving her own eyes from side to side seemed to reduce the occurrence of her own troubling memories, and later theorized that undergoing trauma caused negative emotions to be retained within […]

PTSD Treatment for Men – Sexual Trauma

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PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is one of the most common mental health concerns in the country, with over 24.4 million American citizens (7.8 percent) currently experiencing trauma-related symptoms. While PTSD is more common amongst women than amongst men (10.4 percent of women suffer from PTSD, in contrast to 5 percent of men), post-traumatic stress disorder […]