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Harnessing the Power of the Public for Bold Change

Lenore Anderson | Posted 02.13.2017 | Crime
Lenore Anderson

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the founding of Californians for Safety and Justice, an advocacy organization seeking to replace prison and j...

"Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief": Book Review

Ira Israel | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Ira Israel

How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have los...

Why I Free Slaves: Psychologist Sheila Siegel

Free The Slaves | Posted 12.20.2016 | Impact
Free The Slaves

By Anna Bengel Sheila Siegel, a retired clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, first saw slavery in a shop in Jaipur, India. She had gone in to buy a ...

A Safe Place For Homeless Youth

Wendy Adamson | Posted 12.29.2016 | Impact
Wendy Adamson

At fifteen years old, my alcoholic father was drinking himself into a constant state of oblivion, as a result, I was miserable and kept running away f...

Workplace Trauma Is Real

Mitch Causey | Posted 12.08.2016 | Business
Mitch Causey

I got my work permit when I was 15; I’m 28 now. In that time, I’ve experienced all types of leaders and organizations. I’ve seen people reorgani...

Ghosts and Demons in the Consulting Room: Psychoanalysis and the Specter of Trauma? Essays edited by Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb and Susan Klebanoff

Christopher Atamian | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Christopher Atamian

While I don't usually review specialized or academic books, two recent volumes written mainly by psychoanalysts are fascinating and topical for many r...

PTSD: Can Genetics Affect Your Risk?

McLean Hospital | Posted 12.06.2016 | Healthy Living
McLean Hospital

McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Torsten Klengel, MD, PhD A majority of the US population is exposed to a psychological trauma during their life. For ce...

Is Your Past Controlling Your Life?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Firestone

Most of us have one of two ways of dealing with the past. Some of us try to bury it away. Our attitude is whatever happened happened; we can't change ...

Experiencing Post Traumatic Trump Disorder? What To Do Now

L. Kay Wilson | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
L. Kay Wilson

It's just two weeks after the election and people everywhere in our great nation are reeling. Spinning, even. Dangling and grasping for understandin...

Give Students Comfort and More During These Traumatic Times

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

Since Donald Trump was elected president, I have had discussions with several White, heterosexual, men who don't seem to understand the ramifications ...

Post-Trumpatic Stress: Let's Take Care of the Kids

Jerome Schultz | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Jerome Schultz

My email in-box and voicemail were filled today with messages from parents seeking advice about what to say to their kids in the wake of this election...


Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Dimitri Ehrlich

3 WAYS TO COPE WITH TRUMP by Dimitri Ehrlich More than half of America is feeling traumatized. Those of us who have been posting repeatedly about the...

How Boys' And Girls' Brains Process Trauma Differently | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.15.2016 | Healthy Living

Traumatic events may affect the brains of boys and girls differently, a new study finds. Among boys in the study, a brain area called the anterior cir...

Trump is Buddha

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 11.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Darren Littlejohn

All beings are Buddhas, But this is concealed by adventitious stains. When their stains are purified, their Buddhahood is revealed. -Hevajra Tantra ...

Media Plays Tug-of-War With Love

William Spear | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
William Spear

Four score and seven years ago today, just over ten years before I was born, Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) began. Nazi troops and sympathi...

In caring for Syrian children, long-term needs can't be overlooked

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 10.31.2016 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

People worldwide were horrified at the sight of the small Syrian boy wiping blood and grime from his eyes as he was placed in an ambulance. This and s...

The 2016 Presidential Race: An Unexpected National Trauma

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2016 | HuffPost Home
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a trauma is a "deeply distressing or disturbing experience." Individuals experience trauma--and so do comm...

Rejection, Realization, Reaction: A Rape Survivor's Path To Recovery

Manon Verchot | Posted 10.17.2016 | Women
Manon Verchot

(Photo: Samantha Marx/Flickr) My friend was raped. She didn't internalize it immediately, in fact it took her weeks to be able to say the words...


Adam Steel | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Adam Steel

Most people have no idea what kind of day-to-day lives many kids in America live. It is not very difficult to understand that a kid's experiences, bot...

Choosing Hope: It's Your Choice

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

In the midst of my darkest hour -- as I desperately tried to find my way, in tiny moments I started writing Choosing Hope. I didn't know it at the time of course -- I just started pouring my heart out onto the page. That became my lifeline, my way forward. There is a way forward from darkness -- focusing on the light that is also all around.

Why You Should Treat Your Parents Like Your Pets: Death, Dying, And Dignity In America

Jamie Jones Coleman | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jamie Jones Coleman

Otis was our first baby. He was covered in a caramel-colored fur, weighed 150 pounds and was the best Bullmastiff dog anyone could ask for. He protect...

Our Moral Obligation To Confront Human Suffering

Lena Aburdene Derhally | Posted 09.27.2016 | HuffPost Home
Lena Aburdene Derhally

I haven't become desensitized but I feel better because I am not ignoring these people or turning my back on them. I am listening to their stories, hearing and feeling their pain, I am giving a voice to the voices of the erased.

Vital Lessons Learned From The Chelsea Bombing From A Chelsea Psychologist

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

Here are four things to be remembered about the attack that will promote health and personal responsibility.

I Stressed Over SATs For THIS? How I Turned Trauma Into A "Different" College (de)Tour

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 09.13.2016 | College
Amy Oestreicher

These were thoughts I had when my "thought-out" life took a detour. What's a detour? A detour is a curve in the road, a bump in a path, a big sign in the middle of your trip that says sorry, you have to go THAT way.

Why Don't Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA's) Get the Help They Need?

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

If we can deal with the residue of pain so that it doesn't undermine our ability to have nourishing relationships, the rest will fall into place. The thing not to do is to pretend that nothing happened, something did and it can and needs to be addressed if we truly want to turn the tide of the legacy of addiction.