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November 23, 2022

Learning To Love Yourself

Theresa and America explore learning how to love yourself in spite of your trauma. They go through their process of discovering how their traumatic experiences affected their personalities. They talk about how they’ve progressed in their self-love, the benefits of positive affirmations and if self-love is tough; try to get to the bottom of why that is and what is preventing you from doing so.

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November 16, 2022

Dealing With Strong Emotions

America and Theresa dive into dealing with strong emotions surrounding trauma. There is a conversation about fight or flight and also trying to get a grip on control when strong emotions pop up. They talk about how stress becomes a major contributor to your reactions, some differences in men and women with trauma and finding people who will help you navigate through your strong emotions.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

November 9, 2022

Changing The Thoughts You Tell Yourself

Theresa and America are continuing the topic of trauma, but they transition to healing. They explore the concept of changing the thoughts you tell yourself which is also known as cognitive restructuring. They share recent moments where things bothered them more than expected and they dive into why they think it affected them plus they narrow it down to two choices: you can avoid you issues or do the hard work.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

November 2, 2022

Life After Trauma: Healing

America and Theresa explore the healing that comes after trauma. They both give a timeline of their trauma in their lives and how they are healing from their trauma. They talk about doing the hard work to unpack moments of failure, the healing journey and the moments when they knew there was hope.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

October 26, 2022

How Trauma Affects My Values

The trauma series continues with how trauma affects your values. They try to differentiate values and beliefs and they identify which values are really important to both of them. They make the connection between worth and ability and having the willingness to receive support.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

October 19, 2022

How Trauma Affects My Actions

How does trauma affect our actions? Theresa and America explore how trauma has affected how they react in certain situations and some their triggers that have made them lash out. There is a discussion of some of the subtle and more serious circumstances that they have identified as issues they are sensitive to. They talk about trauma in all relationships, how our insecurities affect our actions and exploring the process of how your trauma affects your everyday life.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

October 12, 2022

How Trauma Affects My Beliefs

Theresa and America remain on the topic of trauma and this time they explore how trauma affects people’s beliefs. They share how trauma can affect your core beliefs and shape the way you see the world. They talk about how the ability to evaluate and change your thoughts and beliefs are critical to getting better and Theresa comes to a realization about some of her coping mechanisms.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

October 5, 2022

How Trauma Affects The Brain featuring Alyson Zalta

America and Theresa bring on Alyson Zalta (Clinical Psychologist/Associate Professor at UC Irvine) to speak about how trauma affects the brain. They share some important factors on how trauma affects the brain like intrusive memories and environmental triggers. They talk about the emotional processing theory, emotional numbing and the benefits of the full body approach when treating trauma.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

To learn about Alyson Zalta’s work visit https://cnlm.uci.edu/alyson-zalta/

September 28, 2022

How Trauma Affects My Sleep

As part of their trauma series, Theresa and America explore how trauma affects our sleep. They share what it takes for them to get some good rest and the things that throw them off when it’s time to sleep. They talk about recognizing the signs of how your trauma affects your sleep, the military method for falling asleep and how good sleep centers around finding safety.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

September 21, 2022

Trauma: Can I Trust My Memories?

The trauma series continues and the focus on this episode is on whether or not you can trust your memories. There is a discussion about how your brain tries to protect you and ways in which you can try to get confirmation that your memories happened. They talk about flashbulb memories, journaling so you can keep records of your personal experiences and the importance of validation.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org