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I’m F. I. N. E. . . . Freaked Out, Insecure, Neurotic, Emotional?

“I’m fine, fine,” said Charlie Croker, a Cockney gangster in the British caper film Italian Job. To which Mr. Bridger the crime syndicate boss replied, “You know what ‘fine‘ stands for, don’t you? Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional. I’m Fine. is also a famous Ross Geller line in a Friends’ episode. “I’m fine” is what we, like Ross, say when […]

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What Causes People to Freak Out?

Saying that someone freaked out is another way of saying they had an unexpected loss of composure or control of their emotions. Also known as “flipping our lid,” “blowing our mind” and”going bananas,” “freaked out” describes an overwhelmed nervous system that is unable to process an experience in a timely matter. A freak-out episode means losing our “normal” self and having a […]

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Treating Symptoms vs. Healing Anxiety, Stress & Trauma

What’s the Difference? What I read about helping people with anxiety, stress and trauma focuses mostly on the treatment model. Treating symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma typically includes using tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication, and is typical of the Western medical model. The goal of the treatment paradigm is to reduce, relieve or eliminate symptoms. The […]

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

The term “adverse childhood experiences” isn’t new, even though it suddenly has become widely used by the media. Also known as ACE’s, these early childhood traumas were the focus of a research project conducted between 1995 and 1997 in San Diego, California. One of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess the correlations between childhood […]

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Hidden Traumas Affect Adult Health

Twenty years of consistent research shows that hidden traumas affect adult health. In addition to the original 1995 Kaiser Permanente research project, there have been over 65 other studies that validate the long-term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on adult physical health. In March 2015, a new study was published in the American Journal of Preventive […]

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