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Childhood Trauma

We Have to Stop Ignoring Adverse Childhood Experiences

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Even as the study of children's response to trauma pointed to the need to focus on the socioemotional needs of students, the test-driven school reform movement drew a line in the sand; the mention of adverse childhood experiences was dismissed as an "excuse." Top-down school reformers imposed an educational version of faith healing on schools.

My Journey Back to Health

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

I am now ready to embrace the world and shepherd this film out and turn my attention away from me to others and give all that I have learned. Life is an exciting journey I am so grateful to be on.

How The Effects Of Trauma Can Be Passed Down From One Generation To The Next

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.28.2014 | Science

Experiencing trauma early in childhood can lead to mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood, but mild to moderate trauma could also have an...

As We Start Our Family Tree

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Corey

I cannot begin to describe the impact you have on my life. You are the blessings sent from the divine to wake me up. You are the little life tornadoes who never let me choose the easy way out of the pain. You are the epitome of forgiveness as I made mistake after mistake as a parent. You are the comic relief that comes just when I need it. And you are the reminder of how important the small, daily life events really are.

'I Know Just How You Feel... My Goldfish Died' -- Really?!

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

"I know how you feel. My goldfish died, and we had to flush it down the toilet." Really? To this day, Owen recalls overhearing another student make t...

U.S. Military Members Have Higher Rates Of Childhood Trauma: Study

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say...

Building Resilience Key to Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Robert Ross | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

The most important thing we can do -- and sometimes it's the hardest -- is to speak up about what has happened to us. Because it's in speaking our truth and reaching out that we can connect with other people. That's the essential ingredient for courage and resilience and healing.

Childhood Stress May Increase Risk Of Heart Disease Later On

Posted 05.23.2014 | Parents

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults who were exposed to adverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthy...

Resilience: How Adapting to Stress Can Make Us Better Parents

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

I'm going to tell you something that is hard to believe. Psychologists can predict what kind of parents we'll be by how we talk about childhood.

What a Simple Gift Taught Me About Motherhood -- and Myself

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Carolyn Ossorio

People say having kids changes you. I have five, so I feel pretty confident in attesting that there is truth to this. But even I am amazed by how much I've been transformed.

The Right Kind of Everyday Courage

Robert Ross | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

I am startled and dismayed to report that we are now facing an epidemic of childhood trauma. The research clearly shows that traumatic stress literally blocks bodies and minds from developing in a healthy way.

Why Don't I Love My Child?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

By becoming conscious of your own parenting style, you can deliberately learn how to take back your source of injury and heal it

Saving Mr. Banks: Is This Possible?

M. Gary Neuman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
M. Gary Neuman

Here's the good news: Saving Mr. Banks is a meaningful movie that brings to light some significant psychological questions.

Helping Kevin Recover From Trauma

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

In the past, there would be few options left for kids like Kevin. He would have continued to bounce from one foster setting to another without much chance of getting better. Not only would he never have the love and stability of a family, but he would likely spend much of his life in jail.

Study Links Childhood Stress To Teens' Weight Problems

Posted 11.14.2013 | Parents

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests. Stres...

'You Alone Can Do It, But You Can't Do It Alone'

Hopewell Rogers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Teen
Hopewell Rogers

I once watched a friend hyperventilate. In seconds, she'd gone from calm to blue. What brought it on? I'd made a comment that triggered a terrible memory.

Childhood Trauma and Adult Alcohol Abuse: Shedding Light on the Connection

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

These findings are important for two reasons. First, they support the notion that genetics alone are not sufficient to account for a person's vulnerability to addiction. Prior experience also plays a role. Second, the results point a direction for areas that need to be explored in treatment.

Trauma in Civilian Clothes

Mindy Utay | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

Without minimizing the horrific trauma of veterans of war, I believe that trauma in subtler forms can still devastate the human psyche.

How to Help a Child Recover From Child Abduction Trauma

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Listening empathically to children after a trauma, without judgment, is one of the greatest tools parents have.

The Spiritual Army of Caroline Myss

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Trish Kinney

We came alone, or with a friend, emptied our bank accounts to do so. We came for something that couldn't be explained but felt oddly familiar. No two stories were alike, and yet they all seemed connected.

The Sickness That Affects So Many

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Sexual abuse is a betrayal of a relationship that was once trustworthy. And real healing can only take place in the context of a relationship that is again safe, understanding, and trustworthy.

Teen Moms, Young Moms Endure Alarmingly-High Levels of Childhood Trauma, Crittenton Study Finds (Part Two)

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

The good news is that services provided by organizations such as Crittenton can help people turn their lives around and interrupt the cycle of parents passing on their high ACE scores to their children.

Teen Moms, Young Moms Endure Alarmingly-High Levels of Childhood Trauma, Crittenton Study Finds

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Ellen Stevens

Some alarming data from a recent pilot study of Crittenton clients show that, compared with a general population, teen and young mothers suffer up to seven times the levels of child abuse and other maltreatment. This explains why they become addicted, pregnant or drop out of school.

Obesity, Repression, and Addiction

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I began working with NET for the sole purpose of finding out why I had been unable to remove and keep off my excess body weight. Essentially, what I found was that the repression of emotions is a survival mechanism held in place through addiction.

Disharmony in the Land of Nod

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.01.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

A new study suggests that even moderate levels of household conflict can alter basic brain function in infants, leaving them hypersensitive to negative emotions. Even more startling, it appears that even sleep cannot protect our youngest children from battling mothers and fathers.