Childhood Obesity: Weight Control and Your Child – Conceding the Battle to Win the War

In this day and age in which the media has exposed the epidemic of childhood obesity and associated diabetes, it is impossible for parents to not be more attuned to this issue with their children.  For better and worse, we have access to data, research and information like never before.  This is clearly the case in the area of food, nutrition and physiology.  No doubt, understanding the implications of how we feed our bodies and how we move our bodies is invaluable information.  What can often be a difficult task is translating this information into utilizable material that our children can understand.

As parents, we must be persistently aware of, not just the information we deliver, but HOW we deliver it.  Sometimes being accurate is not enough to help children benefit.  Sometimes accurate information can be useless, if not harmful, when delivered ineffectively.  In trying to educate children about food, weight, nutrition and healthy eating, we must be sensitive to the subtle nuances in our delivery.  We, as parents and caretakers, must be aware of how we deliver potentially embarrassing or shameful material to children.

Phillip says to his mother, “Amanda told me that I’m fat.  I want to lose some weight.  How much should I lose?”  “Well,” said her mom, “Dr. Speilman said on your last check up that you could stand to lose five pounds.  Why don’t we start there?”  Phillip agrees and quietly walks away.  Conversation over?  Hardly. For all practical purposes, Phillip’s mother likely feels like this was a good opportunity for her to address his pediatrician’s concern about his childhood obesity.  She probably feels relieved that someone else did her the service of alleviating her of hurting her son’s feelings.  What she failed to realize is that she delivered the confirming “blow” to Phillip’s self esteem.

In discussing matters of this nature, it is essential to realize the subtle impacts you may have.  It is more fruitful to address the biological and medical aspects of this discussion and to STEER CLEAR OF NUMBER OF POUNDS! For example, you might address blood elevations such as cholesterol or pulse as the impetus for change, or simply the concept of supporting the development of a healthy heart that will “take care of you,” or “keep your body strong for the rest of your life.”  By externalizing the issue of childhood obesity, you reduce the sensitive issue of self-esteem or physical acceptance.  Further, you engage your child in a process about which your child can be more curious and motivated.

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Media-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans of the Vietnam war have sadly raised our awareness of the existence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a chronic, sometimes lifelong condition resulting in pathological changes in mood, thinking and behavior. It can be incapacitating and lead to job loss, family turmoil and dissolution, poor quality of life and often suicide.

We now understand that the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has its basis in enduring alterations of brain function, which helps to explain the chronic, persistent nature of this disorder. Treatment can be helpful but frustratingly inadequate. Unfortunately, there is no “magic bullet” medication. Research has supported the use of specific psychotherapeutic protocols but community availability can be a problem.

While PTSD’s origins stemmed from war related trauma, we now understand that a wide spectrum of life stressors can result in this disorder. The twenty-first century has brought terror attacks to the world stage. “Lone wolf” attacks, Islamic terrorism, and most recently, violence against the police have become a national preoccupation. In previous decades, our awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was based on either our familiarity with individuals suffering from this disorder or the occasional print news article. However, the media technology revolution of our current century has brought us both the blessing and curse of 24/7 connectivity to world and national events.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  and Media Coverage of Traumatic Events

For several years, the therapists at the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders have been very concerned about the repetitive exposure to traumatic life events that people experience via internet and television broadcasts. Recent terror attacks around the world are cases in point, for one cannot avoid the media’s persistent replaying of the visual imagery and dramatic accounts of these human tragedies.

Before the media revolution we learned of traumatic events through the newspaper, the 6:00 pm news, or the news hour on the radio. One only has to recall the steady calm recitation of bad news by the likes of Walter Cronkite and compare it to the present day dramatic and horrifying presentation of similar news stories. Clearly, horror sells and is profitable. We have become captive audiences for this traumatic exposure. To make matters worse, we are transfixed by it and have difficulty “unplugging” ourselves from the TV set or internet.

This brings our therapists to their greatest clinical concern. Repetitive exposure to graphic trauma has an impact on our central nervous systems. Even though we may not be the victim of the terror, we are passively being terrorized. Adults have a greater capacity to process such horror, but imagine the difficulties this creates for our children. Their immature nervous systems and reasoning ability pose significant obstacles for coping with this type of daily non-stop life stress. We fear that we are all becoming victims, in our own way, of the “madness” we are being exposed to.

We have a responsibility to control our children’s exposure to traumatic media and to prevent the damage that can result. As adults, we should heed this advice, as well. Ultimately, we must change the way that public media communicates traumatic events, however, this is easier said than done.

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Adolescents Stand Up To Bullying Group:
Begins August 30, 2016

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Adolescent Stand-Up to Bullying Group

standuptobullying.jpgWednesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

To register, please call (561) 496-1094

Group Leader: Jesse Selkin, Psy.D. The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders

  • Is your child being bullied?
  • Has your child been bullied in the past?
  • Does your child feel isolated?
  • Is your child having difficulty coping with emotions?

Join Dr. Selkin as he facilitates this interactive and unique group for boys and girls ages 10-15 who will learn various ways of coping, tips for standing up to bullying, help support one another in a safe environment, and skills to move forward with his or her dreams in life!

Your child will learn how to cope with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Self-esteem issues

When is the group beginning? 
Group will be held Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm beginning Wednesday, August 30, 2016

Where is the workshop being held? 
The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders
4600 Linton Blvd, Suite 320, Delray Beach, FL 33445
(561) 496-1094

Who is it open to?
The workshop is open to adolescents aged 10-15

What is the cost?
$75 per group session. Each interested child will undergo a 25 minute screening session with Dr. Selkin in advance for $50.

If you have questions please email Dr. Selkin or contact the staff at The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

To register, please call (561) 496-1094


About the Presenter

Dr Jesse SelkinDr. Jesse Selkin, is a Post Doctorate Fellow, who treats adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders including panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions, excessive worrying, and agoraphobia both in person and via videoconference. Dr. Selkin also treats self-esteem issues related to depression, bipolar disorder, and relationship issues.

Dr. Selkin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles campus. He has had previous clinical experience which includes working in community mental health centers, residential programs for substance abuse, and group outpatient practice. He is bilingual and works with both English and Spanish-speaking patients of all ages.

He frequently conducts presentations and workshops within the community and has presented on various topics dealing with children—including school refusal, social anxiety, and excessive worrying. He has also presented on “Cyber-Bullying for Students” and in Los Angeles on “Leadership” and “Self-Motivation.”

Dr. Selkin believes in tailoring his therapeutic approach to fit each individual and situation. He has extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the best-supported and most effective treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma that causes emotional and behavioral problems. He also has been trained in Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing, which are evidence-based practices that relate to trauma and substance abuse.

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FREE Workshop – Sleeping Well: Improve Your Sleep Without Medication
Aug 27, 2016

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Free Workshop Series:

Sleeping Well: Improve Your Sleep Without Medication

August 27, 2016

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  • Does it take more than 30 minutes for you to fall asleep?
  • Do you have trouble staying asleep throughout the night, and find yourself frustrated when you can’t fall back asleep?
  • Do you feel too dependent on medication in order to get a restful night’s sleep?

Dr. Joseph Brand will lead this one-hour educational seminar for adults who regularly struggle with getting quality sleep. Attendees of this seminar can expect to learn the following:

  • Why sleep difficulties like insomnia start, and are then so hard to break.
  • The short- and long-term benefits of evidence-based, BEHAVIORAL (non-medication) strategies for improving your sleep.
  • How to practice these evidence-based strategies on a regular basis to form healthier sleep habits and improve sleep quality and satisfaction.

Who is this workshop for?
All adults, ages 18 and up.

When is the workshop? 
Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Where is the workshop being held? 
4600 Linton Blvd
Delray Beach, FL

Cost?
The workshop is FREE. Adults only, ages 18 and up. Space is limited so please RSVP early to ensure a seat is available.


Please fill out the form below to register for this FREE workshop.

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To RSVP please fill out the form above or contact the staff at The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Dr. Joseph Brand or call 561-496-1094.


About the Presenter

Dr. Joseph Brand is a post-doctoral fellow who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia depression, trauma, OCD, and related disorders, such as hoarding, skin-picking, and trichotillomania for children, adolescents, and adults.

He utilizes an empathic approach to form strong therapeutic alliances and to work collaboratively with patients. Dr. Brand provides both individual and group psychotherapy. He also works closely with families of patients when appropriate.

Dr. Brand employs cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders. He has extensive training in exposure-based therapies, including exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive therapies, habit-reversal therapies, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Dr. Brand received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in the clinical psychology program. He completed his predoctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. His previous clinical experience includes working in public hospitals, VA hospitals, and outpatient clinics, including the OCD and Related Disorders Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Brand has extensive experience providing CBT in a variety of settings, including home visits, off-site visits, and via videoconference (i.e., Skype, FaceTime). He has published work on the effectiveness of teleconference and videoconference psychotherapy, as well as obstacles to successful treatment using CBT.

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FREE Workshop – 7 Steps Towards Emotional Strength:
Aug 20, 2016

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Free Workshop Series:

7 Steps Towards Emotional Strength

August 20, 2016

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  • Life brings challenges for everyone; you can equip yourself with tools and habits that help you enjoy life to its fullest, and prepare you to overcome life’s obstacles in a confident and healthy way
  • Come and join us during this one-day hands-on interactive workshop

Dr. Blanco-Oilar will lead an interactive and hands-on workshop for those who are interested in learning specific tools to build resilience.

Facing challenges in life is unavoidable, but feeling equipped to handle those challenges is something you can learn and put into practice now. You will learn how to work with emotions, build healthy habits, navigate conflict in relationships, and live your life mindfully. Come join us and increase your ability to live your life to your fullest potential!

You are not alone. There is help available.

Presented by: Dr. Christiane Blanco-Oilar, Licensed Psychologist, The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

When is the workshop? 
Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Where is the workshop being held? 
4600 Linton Blvd
Delray Beach, FL

Cost?
The workshop is FREE. Adults only please. Space is limited so RSVP early to ensure a seat is available.


Please fill out the form below to register for this FREE workshop.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

To RSVP please fill out the form above or contact the staff at The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Dr. Blanco-Oilar or call 561-496-1094.


About the Presenter

Dr. Christiane Blanco-Oilar is a licensed psychologist who graduated from the University of Oregon where she received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2008. She was the proud recipient of a Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association.

For almost 15 years, Dr. Blanco-Oilar has specialized in treating adults in diverse settings including university counseling centers, hospitals, nursing homes and in private practice.

While she is a generalist helping clients with wide ranging concerns, Dr. Blanco-Oilar’s area of specialty is helping clients heal form recent or past trauma. She leads the Trauma and Resiliency Program at The Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Dr. Blanco-Oilar tailors her treatment to each client’s unique needs utilizing different psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions.

She is also trained and certified EMDR therapist—certified by the EMDR International Association. EMDR is an evidence-based cutting edge treatment for trauma. Dr. Blanco-Oilar provides her psychological services, including EMDR, in English or Spanish, both with native fluency and depending on the preferences of the patient.

Dr. Blanco-Oilar is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida Psychological Association. She is licensed to practice in Florida as well as in Illinois.

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Separation Anxiety and the Transition to College

We’ve passed the midpoint of the summer vacation break and parents and children are beginning to think about the upcoming school year. This is the time to start planning for new clothes and school supplies, including the dorm room items you’ll need if your child will be going off to college in the fall. Yet, with all the preparation parents make before their child goes away for the first time, often neither they nor the child think about separation anxiety and the emotional aspects of the transition to college.

New college freshmen often “talk big” about how glad they are going to be when they can finally get out on their own, but this may be just their bravado speaking. The first semester of college can be very stressful for your teen – many don’t realize that they’ll have to manage their day to day existence by themselves and won’t have their parents to fall back on. Also, it isn’t just the student who can have some problems coping – often parents struggle to adjust to this new phase of life without their teen and find themselves going through a bout of separation anxiety when their child leaves for school.

Even the most independent person can experience some homesickness in college during the first few weeks (or even months) in their new environment. They’ll have to make new friends, adjust to living with a roommate, and learn to navigate a new routine. If they have feelings of inadequacy before their transition to college, those emotions will be amplified, at least for a while.  Additionally, the child’s identity can be shaken during the transition to college – familiar peers who have given them a sense of “where they fit in” will no longer be around and the new freshman will have to figure out where they belong in the new world they’ve entered. With all this stress, it’s no wonder that about 21 % of college students use illegal substances and approximately 45 % binge drink in order to cope.

Separation Anxiety Symptoms

The following separation anxiety symptoms can affect both teens and parents:

  • A feeling of helplessness, sadness, worry, or anger
  • Excessive worry, allowing your thoughts to run wild (“what if?” thinking)
  • Fear or reluctance to go off to school and leave the familiar comforts of home
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachaches, loss of appetite
  • Crying
  • Racing heart, shortness of breath
  • Substance abuse

How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation Anxiety

It’s normal for children and parents to go through many of these separation anxiety symptoms during the first semester of college, but many are too embarrassed to seek help. Keep in mind that those who already suffer from a depression or anxiety disorder will require even more emotional support. Here are some ways you can help your new college student adjust to their transition to college:

  • Talk to your child before they leave for college and let them know that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed as they adjust to their new life away from home.
  • Listen to your child and encourage them to talk about the stress they are feeling.
  • Encourage them to join a club, group such as a sorority or fraternity, or get involved in extracurricular activities as a way to make new friends.
  • Visit them at college if you are able (and if you are needed).
  • Educate yourself about the places your child can go for help, such as on-campus support groups or counseling centers. If necessary, get a referral to a nearby mental help therapist if there are no available resources at your child’s school.

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If you or your college student are suffering from the symptoms of college separation anxiety during the transition to college, we can help. Contact The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Delray Beach, Florida or call us today at 561-496-1094.

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Free New Mother Informational Workshop:
July 30, 2016

free workshop for new mothers

Free Workshop Series:

New Mother Informational Session

July 30, 2016

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  • Are you feeling sad, anxious and/or depressed?
  • Are you feeling more irritable than usual?
  • Are you having a hard time bonding with your baby?
  • Are you having trouble sleeping/eating?
  • Do you feel out of control?
  • Do you have thoughts you feel you cannot control?
  • Are you worried about being a good mother?

You are not alone. There is help available.

Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, “baby blues,” pregnancy or post-partum depression/anxiety, or something else entirely—we are here for you.

Presented by: Dr. Christiane Blanco-Oilar, The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders and in collaboration with the Boca Pediatric Group.

Join Dr. Blanco-Oilar as she leads an interactive and educational workshop to help new moms learn practical techniques to reduce anxiety and stress that is a common experience amongst new mothers.

This workshop will focus on the nature of anxiety and stress, the process of adjusting to parenting, understanding depression and how new parents can help alleviate their anxiety.

When is the workshop? 
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Where is the workshop being held? 
5458 Town Center Road, Suite #20
Boca Raton, FL

Cost?
The workshop is FREE but space is limited so please RSVP early to ensure a seat is available.


Please fill out the form below to register for this FREE workshop.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

To RSVP please fill out the form above or contact the staff at The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Dr. Blanco-Oilar or call 561-496-1094.


About the Presenter

Dr. Christiane Blanco-Oilar is a licensed psychologist who graduated from the University of Oregon where she received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2008. She was the proud recipient of a Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association.

For almost 15 years, Dr. Blanco-Oilar has specialized in treating adults in diverse settings including university counseling centers, hospitals, nursing homes and in private practice.

While she is a generalist helping clients with wide ranging concerns, Dr. Blanco-Oilar’s area of specialty is helping clients heal form recent or past trauma. Dr. Blanco-Oilar tailors her treatment to each client’s unique needs utilizing different psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions.

She is also trained and certified EMDR therapist—certified by the EMDR International Association. EMDR is an evidence-based cutting edge treatment for trauma. Dr. Blanco-Oilar provides her psychological services, including EMDR, in English or Spanish, both with native fluency and depending on the preferences of the patient.

Dr. Blanco-Oilar is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida Psychological Association. She is licensed to practice in Florida as well as in Illinois.

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Girls 6-Week Life and Social Skills Group:
Begins July 26, 2016

Girls Life and Social Skills Group

Helping children acquire the foundational skills for success in social relationships

To register, please call (561) 496-1094

Age: Girls ages 10 to 14

Date and Time: Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 P.M. beginning July 26th

Location: 4600 Linton Blvd. Suite 320, Delray Beach, Florida 33445

Cost: $600 for six week series including parent intake
Sessions will occur on a weekly basis for six weeks. A parent intake is required for participation.

Groups will help your child to:

  • Foster successful peer relationships
  • Develop and improve self-monitoring skills
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Increase social understanding
  • Improve perspective taking
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Reduce anxiety related to social functioning
  • Develop and improve problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

Why are child social skills important?

Social skills are the foundation for getting along with others and having a well-rounded, successful child. From family and peer relationships to getting along at work or school, social skills are an essential part of life. Training in social skills can help your child to navigate social situations with a greater confidence.

Groups will focus on learning to initiate and maintain conversations with peers, increase self confidence in various social environments and gain a greater understanding about the verbal and nonverbal behaviors involved in social interaction.

To register, please call (561) 496-1094


About the Presenter

Ryan-JosephDr. Ryan Seidman is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of children, young adults, parents, and their families. Her primary focus is on social and emotional concerns, developmental disabilities, employment and school-related difficulties, and behavioral challenges. She utilizes various modalities to treat each client’s unique needs including individual counseling, behavioral interventions, social skills training, family therapy, parent education and training, and group therapy. Dr. Seidman has provided consultative services to a variety of school personnel and medical professionals throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Moreover, she has extensive experience conducting developmental, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.

Dr. Seidman graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then went on to earn her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, substance abuse rehabilitation facilites, schools, university clinics, and hospitals.

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Boys 6-Week Life and Social Skills Group:
Begins July 27, 2016

Boys Life and Social Skills Group

Helping children acquire the foundational skills for success in social relationships

To register, please call (561) 496-1094

Age: Boys ages 10 to 14

Date and Time: Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 P.M. beginning July 27th

Location: 4600 Linton Blvd. Suite 320, Delray Beach, Florida 33445

Cost: $600 for six week series including parent intake
Sessions will occur on a weekly basis for six weeks. A parent intake is required for participation.

Groups will help your child to:

  • Foster successful peer relationships
  • Develop and improve self-monitoring skills
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Increase social understanding
  • Improve perspective taking
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Reduce anxiety related to social functioning
  • Develop and improve problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

Why are child social skills important?

Social skills are the foundation for getting along with others and having a well-rounded, successful child. From family and peer relationships to getting along at work or school, social skills are an essential part of life. Training in social skills can help your child to navigate social situations with a greater confidence.

Groups will focus on learning to initiate and maintain conversations with peers, increase self confidence in various social environments and gain a greater understanding about the verbal and nonverbal behaviors involved in social interaction.

To register, please call (561) 496-1094


About the Presenter

Ryan-JosephDr. Ryan Seidman is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of children, young adults, parents, and their families. Her primary focus is on social and emotional concerns, developmental disabilities, employment and school-related difficulties, and behavioral challenges. She utilizes various modalities to treat each client’s unique needs including individual counseling, behavioral interventions, social skills training, family therapy, parent education and training, and group therapy. Dr. Seidman has provided consultative services to a variety of school personnel and medical professionals throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Moreover, she has extensive experience conducting developmental, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.

Dr. Seidman graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then went on to earn her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, substance abuse rehabilitation facilites, schools, university clinics, and hospitals.

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Complex PTSD

 

The majority of us have heard about PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), the condition that can occur when someone is exposed to a situation over which they had little or no control and from which there was little or no hope of escape. It is often associated with members of the military who have witnessed the horrors of battle, or with people who have endured an extreme physical or emotional trauma. PTSD can occur after experiencing even just one threatening situation, such as being involved in a car accident. But, what about those who have gone through long-term exposure to a continuing, intense level of stress?

Recently, mental health experts have begun to realize there are more layers to the emotional suffering experienced by people who have been through long-lasting stressors like childhood sexual abuse, for example, or years of domestic violence. In cases like these, a PTSD diagnosis partly addresses their condition, but doesn’t adequately define the severe psychological harm that has resulted from the trauma. Therefore, some mental health professionals now believe there should be a new category added to the PTSD diagnosis – one that will encompass this emotional scarring from long-term, chronic trauma: Complex PTSD (C-PTSD).

Even with this new classification, it is important to note that the victims of chronic trauma can have both PTSD and Complex PTSD simultaneously. Here is an easy way to see the differences between the two conditions:

  • A child witnessing the death of a friend in an accident may show some symptoms of PTSD
  • A child who has lived with years of sexual or physical abuse may have symptoms of C-PTSD in addition to PTSD.

CPTSD Symptoms

People who have gone through a long-standing, extremely traumatic situation may exhibit both physical and emotional symptoms related to their ordeal.

Emotional symptoms may include:

  • Rage displayed through violence, destruction of property, or theft
  • Depression, denial, fear of abandonment, thoughts of suicide, anger issues
  • Low self-esteem, panic attacks, self-loathing
  • Perfectionism, blaming others instead of dealing with a situation, selective memory
  • Loss of faith in humanity, distrust, isolation, inability to form close personal relationships
  • Shame, guilt, focusing on wanting revenge
  • Flashbacks, memory repression, dissociation

Victims of C-PTSD may also have physical symptoms, such as:

  • Eating disorders, substance abuse, alcoholism, promiscuity
  • Chronic pain
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems.
  • Migraines

Help for Complex PTSD

With Complex PTSD, healing cannot happen on its own because the survivor keeps reliving the trauma through flashbacks and dreams. People who suffer from C-PTSD may go for years before making the connection between their symptoms and the chronic stress and trauma they have been trying to cope with. Once they do, healing can begin and many people have been able to overcome their past to find a more meaningful and healthy present.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be highly effective in treating both PTSD and Complex PTSD. This therapy works to change unhelpful thinking and behaviors. It challenges deep-seated patterns and beliefs. CBT therapy helps replace “errors in thinking” (for example: magnifying negatives, minimizing positives, and overthinking) with more realistic and effective thoughts. This serves to decrease both emotional distress and self-defeating behaviors.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a fairly new therapy that helps specifically in the treatment of trauma recovery and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/CPTSD. It has been shown to help trauma survivors heal faster than through traditional therapy. In fact, EMDR can be successful in as few as 3-12 treatment sessions. This means that relief from your pain is not only possible but it can be obtained in a relatively short amount of time.

We Can Help

Complex PTSD can be debilitating. Those who suffer from CPTSD may be at greater risk of substance abuse or of deliberate self-harm in order to cope with their emotional pain. We can help! To learn more, contact the mental health professionals at The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Delray Beach, Florida at 561-496-1094 or email The Center today.

 

 

 

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