• Trauma,  Uncategorized

    Healing PTSD through Buddhist Therapy

    PTSD is a disorder that develops following a scary, shocking or dangerous event. The clinical diagnosis as laid out by the DSM states that adults with PTSD must experience all of the following symptoms for a period of at least 1 month: At least one re-experiencing symptom: Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating Bad dreams Frightening thoughts At least one avoidance symptom: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms: Being easily startled Feeling tense or “on edge” Having…

  • Buddhist Psychotherapy,  Coping Skills,  Depression,  Stress,  Trauma

    Pain vs. Suffering

    Buddhists say that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Pain is our physiological reaction to distressing and difficult experiences in life such as the death of a loved one, divorce or job loss. It is a physical sensation, an energy, that we experience in our bodies (hence the word “feeling”!) While pain is a bodily sensation, suffering is the result of our minds. Suffering occurs when our minds create stories around the pain. For example, if I’m fired from my job, I’ll feel pain; if I then spiral out of control and tell myself things such as “I’m worthless”, “I’ll never get a job again” and “Now my spouse…