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Coping With Trauma

Finding Support and Coping with Stress After a Traumatic Event

Laurent Schmitt | Posted 11.15.2015 | Impact
Laurent Schmitt

Positive mental health allows us to appreciate life. To neglect these simple measures exposes us to excessive stress and to its psychosomatic consequences.

My Trip to Help Refugees in Europe

William Spear | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
William Spear

Europe has quickly become a tinderbox, tense and volatile without leadership and consensus, burdened by struggling economies made worse by the demands of millions of refugees seeking opportunity.

There, I Said It

Tammy L. Coia | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Tammy L. Coia

I was raped. There, I said it. Although this incident happened in my life nearly 25 years ago, those three words were hard for me to voice. As a writer I have written about my experience, but to actually try to say those words, I would find I couldn't utter them.

Rethinking Restraints -- They're Not Just for Special Needs Children Like Mine

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Bonnie Zampino

I know I should have been shocked by the video of the student being thrown to the floor in a classroom in South Carolina. But I wasn't. As the mother of a child with autism, I know all about the use of restraints and seclusion.

Between Identities: Trauma and Ethics in the Art of Eugene Lemay

Shai Baitel | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

His trajectory as an American Christian of Arab descent, who transformed into a Jew and then an Israeli who fights for his country, has certainly shaped Lemay as a complex individual with a variety of viewpoints relating to identity, of his own, and of the other.

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Women
Jennifer Rollin

Unfortunately, victim blaming is still a frequent occurrence when the topic of sexual assault arises. Media coverage and comments that place blame upon the survivor, only serve to perpetuate the shame and guilt that they may already be experiencing

The Body Is a Celebration

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

With these and other tools I've learned to trust that yoga, dance and other movement are so much more than a physical practice. We heal our minds and spirits along with our bodies as we celebrate ourselves through movement.

It Didn't Happen to Me

Mackenzie Ellsworth | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mackenzie Ellsworth

If it happened to a friend, a third cousin twice removed, a parent, an ex-best friend, a stranger, it doesn't matter. The way you feels matters. It doesn't matter why you feel the way you do; all that matters is what you feel. It is legitimate.

Women's History Month Through One Woman's History

Ming Holden | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Ming Holden

How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?

Two Years After Superstorm Sandy: It's Not Too Late to Get Help for Emotional Distress

Kimberly Williams | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

The effects of not only facing the life threatening storm but the after-effects of displacement, lost income, closed businesses and coping with re-building, mold remediation, insurance disputes and other disruptions continue to have a profound effect on the mental health of those affected.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

One Of The Most Powerful Factors In Overcoming Trauma And Loss

OWN | Posted 08.06.2014 | OWN

Everyone deals with trauma and loss differently. Some mourn in solitude, some find comfort in close family, and others express their grief publicly on...

Helping Kids Cope With a Community Kidnapping (And Other Adversities)

Varda Epstein | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Varda Epstein

Life from their vantage point is still predictable, steady and under control. It's a comfort during this difficult time.

Our Marriage Lives in a Shadow of a Medical Mystery

Julie Present | Posted 03.29.2014 | Divorce
Julie Present

Our story has a good ending. For now. We regard ourselves as lucky, and our marriage has become a symbol of healing, love, safety, and yet profound vulnerability.

Learning From Life's Big Classroom: Taking Stock in 2014

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Crime
Aviva A. Perlo

Herein lies a personal story and some of what I learned from it. The story is not just mine. Unfortunately facing mortality applies to all of us.

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

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.

When Hope Hurts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

After loss or trauma, most of us wish that tomorrow would look the same as yesterday did before all of these difficulties. If we are lucky, we give up hope and say the words that open us to resilience and creativity: "This is awful,and I don't think it will change. What now?"

'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.

PTSD Research Highlights Backpack Medics in Burma

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science
Andrew G. Lim

A recent study published in Conflict and Health explores the traumatic stress of medics working in low-resource war-affected areas of Karen state, eastern Burma.

'I Fell In Love With My Therapist'

Candace Walsh | Posted 10.13.2013 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

When you're walking along in a strange city, and you've studied the map and think you know where you're going, there's a period of time when you're actually going the wrong way but you haven't figured it out yet.

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

The Trauma That Will Succeed the Tornadoes

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

After rescue efforts are exhausted and the recovery phase of a disaster begins, what might traumatic disorders look like in you or a loved one in the aftermath of the destruction?

Restorative Justice: Re-storying What Happened in Boston

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

I still go to sleep wondering whether more bombs will appear in the city, whether my family will be okay, whether the sounds of sirens and the choppers of helicopters will bring memories of unease. I know I'm not alone.

Terror Management Theory and the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Americans all feel closer to the city of Boston. Even Yankees fans can put aside their rivalry in the face of tragedy. Why do we feel closer to others in times of crisis? There is a prominent framework in social psychology called "terror management theory" that helps us to understand this behavior.