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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 | Books
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.

Supporting refugee and immigrant children

Carol Emig | Posted 09.07.2016 | Education
Carol Emig

From the shores of Turkey, to an ambulance in Aleppo, to the Arizona desert, comes photographic evidence of the toll that violence takes on children. ...

Erica Reid On Myofascial Release: Relief For Scar Tissue, Fibromyalgia, Trauma, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Neck Pain And Back Pain

Ira Israel | Posted 08.29.2016 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

After ten sessions I can honestly say that I am glad that I tried Myofascial Release - I can feel my body moving differently when I walk, run, ride my bike or practice yoga and there is much less discomfort in my legs.

Speaking Out: Shame and Sexual Assault

Suzannah Galland | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Suzannah Galland

The phrase 'sexual violence' has high currency now and, tragically, it's use appears to be on the increase. It is a situation that achieves one distin...

Advancing Policies Over Politics

K. Sujata | Posted 08.02.2016 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Popular political rhetoric often suggests an "up from the bootstraps" approach to economic security. When it comes to the real issues affecting our communities, though, individual hard work is not enough to solve inequality.

Author Jos-Madelaine Standing On Trauma Drama And Body Disconnect

Dr. Felicia Clark | Posted 08.02.2016 | Women
Dr. Felicia Clark

Jos-Madelaine Standing, an expert on how to move beyond trauma, has influenced people across the US and Canada for over 10 years.

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?

Donna Jackson Nakazawa | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Jackson Nakazawa

When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.

How Much Do Black Child Lives Matter?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I strongly oppose capital punishment which Blanton and his evil co-conspirators so viciously inflicted. But I do support punishment which at least tries to proximate his heinous crime. This prisoner snuffed out four sacred child lives and escaped punishment for decades. He should die in prison for his inhumane atrocious crime.

Can't Move Forward? Maybe This Is Holding You Back.

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 07.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

We humans runneth over with old, unprocessed, undeleted news. As fast as things happen in our modern world, it's no wonder that we race on as if nothing has happened at all.

Does America Have PTSD?

Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

America is afraid. There is fear of daily new terror attacks here or abroad. There is growing fear of rampant domestic gun violence. Fear that this pe...

What Grieving Loved Ones Really Need From You In Times Of Pain

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.26.2016 | OWN

As a former pastor, Rob Bell has counseled countless people struggling with loss, trauma and varying degrees of pain. But one particularly tragic stor...

The Best Response - Doing Good In The World

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Good News
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

As we continue to seek answers and explanations for each individual tragedy, we must guard against becoming complacent or worse, hopeless, as a result of the cumulative impact of these disturbing events.

When Your Teenager Is Handed A Prescription For Vicodin

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

According to a survey by the National Safety Council, ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Living In The Shadow Of Latent Anxiety

Michael J. Formica | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Formica

We may be too close to our own experience to see that our anxiety is attached to the abiding sense of powerlessness and lack of boundaries we associate with someone whom we've parentalized. On the other hand, part of reclaiming ourselves is staying present with our emotions and unpacking them to get at the root.

Managing My Depression In The Midst Of Trauma

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

I made the deliberate choice in the midst of tragedy and fear to focus on the best rather than the worst of humanity; to look upon the beautiful as opposed to the ugly parts of mankind. I chose to extend kindness, gentleness, and compassion to others instead of succumbing to bitterness and hatred. Won't you join me.

How To Balance Your Budget After Paying For Your Rape Kit

The Establishment | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
The Establishment

So, you just went through the most traumatic moment of your life. All you want to do is forget that you were raped. Thankfully, you can. How? By balancing your budget!

Coping With the Loss of an Addicted Family Member

Dennis C. Daley, PhD | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Dennis C. Daley, PhD

Most of us survive and do well over the long run. There is no need to suffer alone as recovery is a "we" and not an "I" process. Many people are willing to support us. All we need to do is open up and let them in our lives.

Why Writing About Childhood Trauma Is So Important

Diana M. Raab | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Some years ago when I was in my 40s, I recall a good friend telling me that her 62-year-old mother was having a nervous breakdown. When I asked her what was going on, she said that following her divorce, the trauma of her childhood resurfaced.