What matters is that the individual himself accept the time and energy needed to metabolize and integrate the psychic change in order to continue with life in the present.
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The causes of violence are widely varied and deeply complex and the solutions will be just as complicated. However, I do not believe the disproportionate violence within African American communities is now or has ever been a coincidence.
Survivors can learn to avoid worrying about the small stuff and attend to the awe and wonder all around us. But how does this dramatic transformation happen?
It may make the pain meaningful and bearable, but growth does not undo loss and it does not eliminate adversity. So what can Stacey's experience teach us?
I lost a friend and colleague last spring. His diagnosis was way worse than mine. He was not so lucky.
Are there ways in which I have found a greater understanding of life and how to live it? Are there ways in which I find myself being more grateful for what I have and for those around me?
Central to a diagnosis of PTSD is that there has been a severe psychological trauma whose effects are more lasting than what is referred to as an acute stress response.
Let's change the discussion about the war-related "silent wounds" of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury, and take time to understand what these really mean.
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