What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma? How Does it Affect Me and My Family? By Janet Siry, LCSW, LCC Psychotherapist What do you think of when you hear the word “trauma”? Perhaps you think of a recent major disaster caused by man or nature. Maybe you remember something that happened in your own life that changed your perceptions of the world around you. Do you remember a recent visit to the emergency room or hospitalization for yourself or a loved one? Did someone you cared deeply about die recently? What images come to mind for you when you visualize that memory? Physiological and psychological stress occurs for...

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Caregiver Stress Has Many Faces

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Who Are The Caregivers? At present, approximately 18% of the U.S. adult population or 43.5 million people will spend an average of 20 hours a week being a caregiver (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). A caregiver is defined as someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or child with a chronic illness or disability.  Caregivers are diverse: they come from every age, gender, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic group. Adult children often attend to their elderly parents with health problems or age-related disabilities while raising their own children....

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Daily Prayer Reduces Stress and Anxiety

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By Dr. Kirk Bingaman In recent months I have been focusing on the extraordinary findings emerging from the field of neuroscience which are revealing that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for neuroplasticity, for continued change and growth throughout our lives. Moreover, the revolutionary discovery also reveals that the “gift” of neuroplasticity is available to us not only in our youth but across the entire lifespan, even in later adulthood.  Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human brain, which...

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