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Veterans Come Alive in the Great Outdoors

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The unfolding sense of safety with other vets and families, the welcoming embrace of the Bay and its birds, fish, and harbor seal pups helped reservist Mike name an obstacle and find a crease through which he began to come to life.

Why Rituals Matter After Disaster

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Emotional and spiritual care is just about celebration as much is it is about mourning loss and change.

After Trauma: 'Why Me?'

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

We try to create order by blaming someone or something. We can blame God and sometimes even blame the victim. But usually we blame ourselves, irrational as it may be. All of this is an effort to calm our brains and try to make sense of our lives.

Military Sexual Abuse Can't Be Ignored

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

What women veterans need is fundamental respect, recognition, and understanding of the unique stressors of their service experience. They need humane, integrative treatment, and some programming solely with and for their fellow women veterans.

Quiet in the Midst of Trauma

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The purpose of meditation is not to stop our thinking but to create conditions for rest and peace and understanding by cultivating our attention.

Healing and Optimal Performance

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

At the outset of World War II, the British Ministry of Information came up with the slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" for a poster designed to allay the fear that Germany would invade Great Britain. My friend, a commander serving in Afghanistan, uses it for his signature line.

Can We Just Call It Homesickness?

Judith Acosta | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Because of the authority with which words like "clinical depression" or "bipolar" are used in modern conversation, they are given the impression that those words have a permanence and solidity they do not actually have.


Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Human beings seem infinitely adaptable. But there is no silver bullet, no quick fix potion that will make a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine invulnerable to five, six or more tours of duty in today's war zone and the separations from loved ones.

How Laughter Helps Veterans Deal With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Mauricio provided comic relief at one retreat. In the large group, he challenged his fellow Marine Kenny by claiming that, of the two Master Sergeants...

Turning Ghosts Into Ancestors

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

A ghost gradually becomes an ancestor, and traumatic experiences become memories, by a most human alchemy. The beloved community provides the inspiration, the spirit of support, so we can stop holding our breaths in traumatic reaction and anticipation, and finally exhale.

No, Really! Whatever Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Which is worse: coming up against one of life's Epically Awful Moments only to find all of your friends spewing some tired old cliche, or attempting to comfort someone who's just endured an Epically Awful Moment of her own using the only thing you can come up with -- the same cliche?

Collapse of a World

Helen Davey | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Helen Davey

I'm struck by the similarity of the feelings of instability in the world now with how we Pan Am employees felt as our company began to fail.

War and (Inner) Peace -- Spirituality and the Road Home

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.08.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Most people associate war zone trauma solely with PTSD, but the psychiatric syndrome, whatever the acronym we use for it, doesn't capture the depth and power of what keeps some veterans awake, eating at them from the inside for years.

Do Dogs Experience PTSD After Trauma?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a society, we understand the need for a splint when a bone is broken. When "all" that is broken is one's composure or spirit, we often expect you to just get over yourself.

A Primer for Classical Homeopathy: How to Make the Interview Easier and More Productive

Judith Acosta | Posted 02.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Part of what makes a homeopathic interview successful is the synergy between you, the patient, and your homeopath. There must be a give and take, a relationship of trust, and an open dialogue.

Sex, Education, and Abuse: Are We Failing Our Kids Miserably?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.06.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Simply telling your kids about good versus bad touches and then expecting them to come to you if they have been touched in the wrong places is not enough.

How to Bully-Proof Your Children by Building Their Resilience

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

With new data revealing that both bullies and victims are at higher risk for suicide, our eyes are opening to the fact that we're faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. So what can we do to protect our children against the painful effects of bullying?

Embracing Mystery

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Probably almost all of my readers can think of some example of "mystery" in their lives. If you can't perhaps its because you have too rapidly dismissed a phenomena that you could not explain.

The Survival Girls: Kenya, Refugee Youth, and Safe Space

Ming Holden | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Ming Holden

Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.

How Not To Let Your Divorce Screw Up Your Kids

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2011 | Divorce
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If the statistics are true and one out of every two marriages ends in divorce, it can be inferred that within those marriages there are children who are the victims of the divorce.

The Trauma of 9/11: Of Spirit, Cell, Distance And Time

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have yet to see the full toll of 9/11 among first responders, even 10 years out. All relevant resources should be made available to address the burden of illness shouldered by these brave souls who rushed toward the very thing most of us with just average courage would flee.

Why Remember?

John Thatamanil | Posted 11.11.2011 | Religion
John Thatamanil

We must recognize that the work of remembering is fraught, complicated, and even dangerous.

Baseball, Hope and the Children of 9/11

Laurie Nadel | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Laurie Nadel

No one was more surprised than I to discover that the keys to healing for these 30-plus adolescents and young adults would be found at Yankee and Shea Stadiums.

World, Affectivity, Trauma: A Book Review

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 11.06.2011 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Stolorow has become, in my view and those of others, one of the country's pre-eminent thinkers on the subject of trauma. Hence, his recent book, World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis .

Some Hurts Are More Than Skin Deep

Serita Jakes | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Serita Jakes

We often shy away from things that may help us because of what other people may think. You cannot continue to be tormented on the inside, so that you look perfect on the outside.