Dawn Leprich-Graves

Understanding Trauma Bonding

Understanding Trauma Bonding

Why won’t they just leave their partner? This is a common question when someone sees a loved one in, what they perceive, is an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Regardless of your attempts at supporting, acknowledging the unhealthy relationship, potentially even advocating to the perpetrating partner, your loved one remains entangled in the relationship. And before we move …

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Stress – We’ve all got it; how can we manage it?

Stress – We’ve all got it; how can we manage it?

Stress – a feeling of being overwhelmed or struggling to cope with mental and emotional pressure in our lives. Stress is an evolutionary response that has helped us survive in threatening situations (i.e., being confronted by a tiger creates a stress response that signals to our brain, “it’s time to run!”) It is also an …

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What You Need to Know About Suicide

What You Need to Know About Suicide

Suicidal thoughts can impact anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5th-11th) is a week to raise awareness around suicide prevention, warning signs of suicide as well as de-stigmatize conversations around suicide in order to save lives. Facts about suicide Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United …

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

The month of May marks Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Awareness Month. The suicide rate for those who suffer from BPD greatly exceeds that of the of the general population. Emotional dysregulation is often critical for the individual suffering from BPD. Emotional dysregulation, simply put, is the difficulty in soothing or calming oneself when stressed. Loving …

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