Trauma

The importance of telling the difference between guilt and shame

Two of our strongest and potentially most crippling emotions are also two of our most easily confused emotions: guilt and shame.

The issue at play here, though, is more important that simply discovering the dictionary definitions of two words because the causes and effects of – and responses to – guilt and shame are markedly […]

Cannabis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There’s little in counselling and addiction research more divisive than the use of cannabis to help treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is caused when someone experiences or witnesses a terrifying event – such as warfare, sexual assault or a natural disaster – which can change the brain’s chemistry through the hyper-response of adrenaline and […]

What Is Disassociation?

Dissociation is a psychological process whereby someone disconnects from reality, their thoughts and feelings, or loses memories and their sense of identity. It is a coping mechanism from the mind, to protect a person from a traumatic event and allow them to “switch off” and distance themselves from a situation they cannot handle and […]