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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD Spectrum, and/or Relationships? Or simply get advice and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G's blog!

Neurodiverse Couples

Dating While Neurodivergent: Boundaries & Expectations

Dating is a nuanced experience for everyone. No two situations are exactly alike. Whether you’re heading out on a first date or you’ve been seeing a special someone for a while, the dating world can be a little stressful for everyone. However, it’s often especially overwhelming for neurodivergent individuals.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date.

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Trauma

The Body Remembers: How Trauma Dwells Within

Everyone deals with trauma differently. However, most people recognize it as something that can severely impact your mental health and well-being. While that’s true, it’s important to note that your brain isn’t the only thing that holds onto trauma. Your body remembers, too, and can often hold onto the effects of trauma for many years.  It

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OCD

Diagnosing OCD: 5 Main Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It’s estimated that about 1 in 100 adults deals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), accounting for 2-3 million adults in the U.S. alone. While OCD can impact people slightly differently and range in severity, there are some common symptoms to be aware of. The sooner you recognize and understand these main symptoms, the easier it will be to

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Trauma

Try These Tools to Process Trauma

Going through any type of trauma can be difficult to process. Often, traumatic memories are stored in such a way that makes them difficult to access. This is your mind’s way of protecting you. That’s why it can take so long to heal from traumatic events.  However, you can use different tools and techniques to process

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Trauma

What Is Trauma-Informed Therapy & Why It Matters

While there are several different types of therapy that can help with the effects of trauma, trauma-informed therapy takes a specialized approach.  A trauma-informed therapist assumes that their client may have a history of traumatic experience. Throughout their treatment, they use that assumption to handle each step carefully and ensure they don’t re-trigger distressing or

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Trauma

Take These Steps Toward Overcoming Trauma-Related Guilt And Shame

If you have experienced something awful, life-altering, or deeply disturbing, you already know how difficult moving on from that can be. You may struggle to think of other things or find it challenging to overcome what happened and move on with your life. For many people, experiencing, surviving, or witnessing traumatic events can leave them feeling

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Trauma

How Trauma and EMDR Therapy Benefit Neurodivergent Individuals

Trauma-informed care is increasingly being given the attention it deserves. More and more, therapists and researchers recognize how many people from all walks of life benefit from trauma-focused therapy. This evolution in mental health care is vital for ensuring that neurodiverse people’s needs are not lost in the tendency to view trauma from a neurotypical

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OCD

What You Can Do to Help Your Child Manage Their OCD Symptoms

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can occur in all ages. Put simply, it is an ongoing, persistent inability to tolerate uncertainty about a perceived distressing thought or threat. Frequently, this intolerance looks like disruptive, repetitive rituals and sounds like constant reassurance seeking from loved ones to try to gain certainty about an upsetting trigger. It can be diagnosed

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Anxiety

What to Do If Anxiety Is Affecting Your Sleep

Stressful thoughts have a tendency to keep you awake at night. Maybe you struggle to fall asleep or you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. If you have anxiety, that means that these worries affect you consistently and can even interfere with your daily life and activities. Anxiety

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Trauma

What You Need to Know About EMDR In a Nutshell

Are you wrestling with past trouble, trauma, or distress that makes it difficult to connect with others and feel safe? The lasting effects of trauma both emotionally and physically can be a challenge to overcome and heal from. Many people attempt to move past such experiences by avoiding or burying the pain of the past.

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