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PTSD and Relationships

Is trauma affecting my relationship?

After trauma survivors with PTSD may feel distant from others and often feel numb. They may have less interest in social or sexual activities. Sometimes this might be due to the survivor feeling irritable, on guard, jumpy, worried, or nervous. Hence, they may not be able to relax or be

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Attachment theory

A Beginner’s Guide to Attachment Theory for Parents

Many people may be familiar with the term “attachment” as it relates to parenting, but what does this really mean and why it is important? Attachment theory, as coined by John Bowlby (a British psychoanalyst) and his colleague Mary Ainsworth, refers to attachment as the proximity seeking behaviours that infants

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Complex PTSD before 2018

The diagnosis of complex Posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a relatively new diagnosis which has been spoken about for some time. There is much debate about this diagnosis, as there are different systems of diagnosis used across the world and one system does not use it at all. CPTSD was

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PTSD and Relationships

It might be hard to see a link between surviving a trauma and trouble with close family relationships, friendships and intimate relationships. However, many trauma survivors with PTSD or CPTSD have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of PTSD and CPTSD can cause problems with trust,

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Avoidance and PTSD

Avoidance is a common reaction to trauma. It feels natural to want to avoid thinking about or feeling emotions related to a traumatic event.  Avoidance is one of the main symptoms of PTSD and C-PTSD. It often maintains the other symptoms of PTSD. Over time avoidance generalises as a way

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Struggling with making decisions

If you are someone who struggles in making decisions, you are not on your own! Here is some info that may make the decision-making process a little easier. In life we are always making decisions, many are mundane and non-consequential and most decisions we won’t even remember making, but some

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What Causes Postnatal Depression?

Postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression, is a type of mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. It’s estimated that 10-15% of new mothers experience postnatal depression*, and it can occur anytime within the first year after giving birth. In this article, we’ll discuss the definition of postnatal

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Loneliness

What Is Perinatal Depression? A Comprehensive Guide

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, you may be wondering if you’re experiencing perinatal depression – this is a type of depression that can occur during pregnancy or after childbirth. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression so that you can get help

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Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal Anxiety

There is growing awareness of postnatal depression amongst the community. It is estimated that around 1 in 7 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers experience postnatal depression. Rates of postnatal anxiety are estimated to be similar amongst new parents, and it is not uncommon for depression and anxiety

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Anger and Trauma

Anger can be part of a survivor’s response to trauma. Anger can be considered as part of the survival response in human beings. Anger helps us cope with stressors by giving us energy to move forward. Yet anger can cause major problems in the personal lives of those who have

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