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Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...

Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

Rob Schware | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Elizabeth Carling, who offers a free community-based yoga program with the support of her employer, Patricia McKeen, owner of A New Awakening counseling agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Opens Up About Abuse And Rebuilding His Faith

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion

After an abusive childhood left Creed frontman Scott Stapp with a skewed perception of religion, he had to completely rebuild his foundat...

The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas.

A Letter to My Daughter, From Your Trauma-Recovering Momma

Dawn Daum | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

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.

5 Ways to Find Yourself When Life Becomes a Storm

Michelle Schroer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Schroer

It is possible to find yourself again and rekindle your joy when life takes a detour. Above all, it's a chance to shed unwanted layers, let go of what no longer serves you, and highlight the things that truly make you happy. Life ending up in a different place than you ever imagined can have a happy ending!

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.

The Question for Humanity

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Can we love bigger? Can we at least try?

Our Duty on Veterans Day: Resiliency Is a Team Effort

Michaela Haas | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Michaela Haas

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.

Waking Up to Dance, Mindfully

Tajci Cameron | Posted 11.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

The song starts and I let my body respond. My hips sway and my feet start to step this way and that. My arms lift up above my bobbing head and my hand...

Red Meat for the Cancer Survivor's Soul

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After reading my essay written this past winter entitled The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Work, a friend and supporter of mine who is of...

Europe's Asylum Seekers Face Psychological Trauma, PTSD

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Many of the refugees arriving in Europe by way of treacherous land and sea crossings from the Middle East and Africa likely count post-traumatic stre...

Alone, We Are Afraid to Be...

Matthew Holland | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthew Holland

Behind closed doors, beneath closed eyes When we struggle to cope with anything, the silence can be deafening As if it preys on our weaknesses, duri...

Part and Parcel: Tom Hart

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

When submerged in the darkest darkness of grief, how do we crawl toward the light? How, as humans, do we stagger forward under the weight of unbearable loss?

Youth, Addiction, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't care who you are, what you've done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled teen who is revealing his or her true self.

Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Jennifer Ka | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennifer Ka

I feel the detrimental effects of war and violence. My parents are Khmer Rouge genocide survivors, and they carried with them a world of hurt. I did n...

Social Media, Zola And The Sex Worker Horror Story

Josephine | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media

Every sex worker has a horror story. We get robbed, arrested, beaten, humiliated. I file those events away in memory as "shit happens" because the alternative is too depressing. Maybe that's what Zola was doing: defusing the horror of her experience with humor.

Letting Go of the Ghost

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

I look around the neighborhood at the eerie ghosts hanging from the trees, and I remember the time I, too, decorated the house in all its terrifying g...

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

America, how are the children? More specifically, how are the African American children? They are troubled. They are confused. They are angry. They have seen too much to live healthy, idyllic or carefree childhoods and they don't have the maturity to make sense of what the world is showing 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.

The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Sarah Matsui | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Sarah Matsui

The narrative of 'Work Hard, Get Smart' and 'No Excuses' demands individual hero sacrifice. This kind of oversimplified idealism encouraged dehumanizing behaviors among many TFA corps members and negatively impacted their well-being as people and as teachers.

Bigger Than You

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

At some point in your life you will face something bigger than you. Chances are very good it will happen more than once. But that first time can knock you for a loop; pull the proverbial rug out from under you. It can take your predictable, happy life and turn it upside down.

5 Simple Ways to Fall in Love With Life During Illness

Caryn O'Hara | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Caryn O'Hara

Trauma is startling. It picks you up, shakes you senseless, and plops you down facing a completely different direction. Having recently hopped off of this merry-go-round, now it's up to you to figure out how the hell to reconnect with self and create a new normal.

Ruminations on Restitution

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Katharine Angelina Love

I feel moored in the muddiness of my young unmet needs. It is in this deep dark place, where the howling beast part of me lives, that I now must travel to rescue beastie and hold her tightly to slow her howling.

Jury Duty Notice Provoked My PTSD

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

The simple piece of paper with a jury summons notice was enough to erase every moment of healing I've accomplished since the then and now. This piece of paper made me want to flee the country that caused me so much damage, like I ended up doing in 2002 after my suicide attempt.