PTSD has not broken me. It's taken me apart, and I'm reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I'm learning to love what I can build.
I have PTSD as a result of sexual abuse that was perpetrated on me throughout my childhood. Child sexual abuse and sexual assault are very common crimes, yet they are so stigmatized that they receive very little attention in the media from a mental health perspective.
We must all come to terms with the prevalence of domestic violence and better understand the impact on families, society, and even our economy. We must also step up to support those who have experienced it and, as importantly, find ways to prevent it.
I write this as a physician who can see through the façade and racket of what corporate medicine has created. My history of abuse gives me the sensitivity to feel it when it is present. The corporate system of health care is abusive.
Room is one of the year's most surprising and touching movies, which could have never happened without Larson and Tremblay's totally believable performances that turn the story of a horrifying kidnapping into a celebration of the transcendent bonds between parents and their children.
You could point to lots of problems that Proposition 215 created. The problem that has been most troublesome, in my opinion, is the ease with which anyone with $30 can get a letter of recommendation that lets them purchase medical marijuana in California.
After the explosion, Cody drove fast and never stopped. He said he didn't know how many bodies he hit--men, women, kids, animals. When all the vehicles got to FOB Cheyenne, it was hideous. There were guts, body parts, and blood from the people he hit covering the front of his truck.
Did you know that parrots and veterans have a lot in common? Sometimes the goodwill of others can create something truly incredible, and this certainly holds true in the case of the Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary.
The advent of mechanical weaponry in World War I literally took warfare out of human hands, and in so doing, took its effects beyond human comprehension.
During a "Chat with Champions" book talk at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine, a person in the audience asked what was the hardest part of writing The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War.
Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. It may seem like the fat cats sitting on top of the world's wealth are not affected, but look at the state of our world. Violence is reaching into everyone's backyard.
During a recent Veteran's charity fundraising gala, much like the hundreds of galas that occur year round, something significant happened: At a point in the show the emcee asked all attendees from a certain group of Veterans in the audience to stand and be recognized...not a single person stood in spite of their presence.
Marcus Jones was in Iraq on his fifth deployment when the anxiety and panic attacks blindsided him. "I had lost my stomach for combat," he remembers. "I was tired of terrorizing people, and scaring the crap out of them, and killing them. I didn't want to do it anymore."
"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.
I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.
In America, as we move into the parades of Columbus Day and Veterans' Day (and of course the sales!) we tend to look down on looking within at the mistakes we have made, lived through, voted for, and those that came before us.