Posts made in September, 2016

The Truth About Self-Injury

»Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Truth About Self-Injury

What is self-injury? Self-injury refers to a behavior that is not socially sanctioned where one purposefully harms themselves without suicidal intent. Common methods of self-injury include: Cutting/scratching Burning Pulling out hair Biting self Self-bruising (through hitting objects with the intent to cause harm to self or hitting oneself with the intent to cause harm) Self-injury may be best understood as a maladaptive coping skill as it can allow the person to feel something rather than nothing, or as a means to cope with intense emotional distress   Why do people self-injure? Although each person is different and may have different reasons for self-injuring, research shows that the most common reasons are Emotion Regulation -To help regulate or...

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Childhood Trauma and How it Follows You Into Adulthood

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Childhood Trauma and How it Follows You Into Adulthood

Often times, people are able to easily point out what their “issues” are, but aren’t able to pinpoint why they have them. For example, someone will say “I’m just extremely angry when I’m around my mom, even if she doesn’t do anything wrong”, or “I want to stop having anxiety attacks, but I don’t even know what is causing them. It just feels like they come out of nowhere”. Typically these emotional issues do not just appear out of nowhere. In fact, the reason behind why your adult self is having these issues is often tied to what your child self went through. People who experience a trauma in childhood or yound adulthood often are so affected by the experience, it is too painful to even admit that it...

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