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Trauma

My Recovery From Birth Trauma and PTSD

Quenby Schuyler | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Quenby Schuyler

My experience of loss helped me to recover a better version of myself -- a survivor standing strong and steadfast, ready and willing to reach out, a good mother who did not let her past define her future. So perhaps in going blind, I was truly able to see.

What 'Harry Potter' Taught Me About Trauma

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
The Establishment

I not only didn't have to follow a template or measurement of my brain's responses in comparison to the people (Muggles) around me, I also got to satisfy the child-like part of myself that was raised to believe that parentless people (or kids with serious PTSD) could be heroic.

The Loss of a Beloved Pet

Helen Davey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

When it comes to the love and attachment we form with animals, it seems to bring out the best in us. Moreover, many of us tend to remember the important transitions of our lives by which pet we had at the time. They're an important marker of our life's journey.

When Forgiveness Isn't a Virtue

The Establishment | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women
The Establishment

My own lived experience and the experience of reading hundreds of letters from survivors of abuse has led me to this conclusion: You don't have to forgive anybody ever. Further, forgiveness can be bad for you.

Making Yoga Accessible And Affordable To All

Rob Schware | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Rob Schware

Project Yoga Richmond<. Dana told me that she took her first group class in 1994, but yoga didn't immediately "grab" her the way it can newcomers; it took several years. She started Project Yoga Richmond, a non-profit organization, in 2010.

Childhood Bullying Can Have Lasting Effects On Mental Health

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years ol...

Braving the Holidays After the Trauma of Suicide

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

In the two years since Jim's passing, I've learned a few things. When it comes to suicide, there's no rulebook. By sharing our stories we can help each other heal and navigate the trickier times, like holidays. Here are five truths I've found useful at Christmas and throughout the year.

Why Is Jessica Jones Important?

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Kelley Calkins

Lindsay Tessier was first. Her pitch about Marvel's Jessica Jones arrived three days after the series had gone live. Then came Charley Reid's. Next, L...

Mindfulness Training At School Could Help At-Risk Kids

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Middle-school students in urban areas may benefit from in-school mindfulness programs, a new study suggests.  Students taking...

Moving On After the World Ends: The Dark Truths of HBO's The Leftovers and Trauma

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
Sezin Koehler

In real life we do our best to hide (the bulk of) our pain from other people. After a bad night, we put on a nice outfit and a big smile and only a trusted few -- if even that many -- ever get to see us with our pain exposed to another's eyes.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Rob Schware | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Caitlin Lanier, who has pioneered several trauma-sensitive yoga programs in the Boise, Idaho area -- including one at a do...

Countdown to the Solstice: Remembering Newtown With Meaningful Action

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Today, we make space for sacred reflection, as it has been three years since that unthinkable, chilling day in Newtown, Connecticut, where senseless violence took so many innocent lives. On this day, we open our hearts and remember.

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

It's OK to Freeze: Healing From Sexual Assault

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Amy Oestreicher

When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words, "I was sexually abused." It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me.

Haunted By War, Many Syrian Kids Have No Psychological Support. This Group Wants To Change That.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Nine-year-old Amal isn't in school these days, but this week, she gets to remember what it feels like to be in a classroom again.  W...

Time in With Dr. Tim: Helping Girls Overcome the Emotional Scars of Trauma

Dr. Tim Goldsmith | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Goldsmith

You can't force treatment on a child who has shut down. Counselors must take a step back and find creative and unique ways to engage.

The Other Victims

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Crime
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

On December 2nd in San Bernardino, California, the U.S. experienced yet another mass shooting. At a company Christmas party, 14 innocent people w...

The Current State of Total Madness

William Spear | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
William Spear

"Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could." Sting We are all mad. Not just angry, crazy or furious; we have all begun to go stark raving...

Things I Learned From My Time as a Phone Sex Operator

The Establishment | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I learned about shame, and how it silences our true selves. And more importantly, that we all have it -- so many people share the same fetishes, need the same conditions to feel safe, to get excited, to achieve pleasure, to feel their fantasies are fulfilled.

How Horses Heal Our Emotional Wounds

Tim Hayes | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Twenty years ago as I began to gather research that would eventually form the basis of my book, Riding Home - The Power of Horses to Heal, I had my first eyewitness exposure to the psychological impact a horse can have on a human.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 12.03.2015 | Crime
Lisa Pilnik

Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.

Coming Home: How Religion Can Be a Healing Balm for Veterans

David Briggs | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities can provide important sources of social support. Personal faith can provide solace and a sense of hope to men and women who endure constant stress and may have experienced traumatic events.

The Alchemy of Post-Traumatic Growth

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Gary Trosclair

What might we learn if we looked for the common denominators of change mapped out by modern psychological research and ancient rituals? What if clinic...

Post Traumatic Growth

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 11.29.2015 | Science
Vanessa Van Edwards

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Our wounds, our failures and our challenges eventually heal. And if we're lucky, we become stronger be...

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...