November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which is why I decided the timing was ripe for me to document my own experience as a NICU parent. For those ...
I worry that at times you are feeling the brunt of my childhood trauma, because you have now become my teacher; your love and existence my lessons. Is that normal for every parent? I don't know, and that in itself is part of what is most terrifying about being your mom. I know nothing about normalcy.
What kind of group would find this is a good idea? We know the answer to that question. The answer is that only a group of deprived, chaotic, and enraged human beings would subject its children to such images.
Two years ago I thought medical marijuana was a joke too. I figured it offered no real medical benefits, and that it was just a way to get high legally. My (re)education started in my work as a palliative care physician.
Veteran's Day is a time for all Americans to take a day off and thank our servicemembers and veterans for their sacrifices in stepping up to protect our country's freedom. The week after Veterans Day is when our active duty go back to their installations, and the rest of Americans go back to business in their regular lives.
The group's goal is to complete the laborious process and win approval of MDMA as a prescription generic drug by 2021. Meanwhile, more veterans and others who have suffered after traumatic events such as rape will be eligible for participation in the studies.
The men and women in America's wars today are a much different generation than mine, of course. But some things about war never change. For that reason, the bond I feel with those with whom I served a half-century ago extends to those who serve today.
The tens of thousands of veterans who are returning home to our communities will need prompt access to effective care and help reintegrating into civilian life.
The stories of female vets don't always get traction. For example, awareness of concerns like Military Sexual Trauma have recently received recognition. Yet, the experiences that women go through in the military frequently remain under the radar.
This is significant on Veterans Day and on every day: to help our soldiers and our fellow survivors to bounce forward. In fact, this is our duty after they've done theirs.
War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.
On this Veterans Day, my family will mark the fifth anniversary of my father's death. Not only did my father, Gerald Gitell, die the night of Veterans Day. He was a Special Forces combat officer in Vietnam.
It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.
Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.
Layla was rescued nearly at the last minute from a shelter in North Carolina. She is a sweet dog with a great attitude and Crisis Dogs NC spotted her within an hour of he being put down. Mission - Getting Layla from a kill shelter to service dog training
To everyone who sees and intervenes in life and death situations, I say this: You've done more good than you can ever imagine. If you tell me it hurts too much to go back, then there's no shame. Go in peace.