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The Real Reason Why You Haven't Healed Your Trauma/Depression/Heartbreak

Natasha Che | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Che

The prevailing psychological wisdom of our time tells you that your current dysfunctions are probably a result of your past experiences, e.g., your pa...

What We All Can Learn From Lamar Odom's Tragedy

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

It is a lot easier to start the conversation when it is about a public or celebrity figure like Lamar Odom than when it is about our loved one. However, the questions are the same.

What Is Safe Space in Yoga Studios?

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Safety and space to breathe freely are a right that should belong not just to the norm but to everyone -- people of color, queer, trans, healthy or unhealthy, all classes and all body sizes and abilities. Let's do this yoga community. It's time we put even more purpose to our practice.

PTSD: The Illness I Couldn't See

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

PTSD has not broken me. It's taken me apart, and I'm reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I'm learning to love what I can build.

Paleotherapy and Invisible Trauma: 11 Tips to Heal

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

When treating trauma victims (and trauma survivors), I conceptualize trauma as a metaphorical invisible wound that is shamefully hidden from others....

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Putting a drug, whether alcohol or any other addictive substance, into our bodies in order to change our state of mind is the result of prior psychological, familial and social experience, experiences that then support and reinforce addictive behavior.

Healing the Part That's Bulimic

Dana Clark | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dana Clark

Trigger warning On some occasions there were dinners in restaurants where people wanted me to stay, dinners where I wanted to be, but being there was...

'A Revolutionary Step Forward': Talking About the Chaos of Mental Illness

Michaela Haas | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Michaela Haas

An Interview with Sheila Hamilton, author of the moving new memoir All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press, October 2015) Even as an award-winning r...

The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Hogan

I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.

'Disappeared David' -- Trauma and Dissociation

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

I was helping my mother clean closets. The closets in my parents' bedroom had built in cabinets, way, way up high for long-term storage. For some re...

I've Interviewed Hundreds of 'Dropouts.' Most Are Heartbreaking. This One Is a Real Success Story.

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Arlene was lucky enough to have a supportive family and to find a perfect stranger who asked her why she was crying in front of a school that wouldn't let her back in, who showed her how to take online classes and get the credits she needed to graduate.

Our Children Can't Learn Because They're Terrified

Alicia Nunn | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. It may seem like the fat cats sitting on top of the world's wealth are not affected, but look at the state of our world. Violence is reaching into everyone's backyard.

4 Ways to Support the Entire Family in Times of Stress

Lauren Rabin | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Rabin

When one person is affected by trauma, there is a ripple effect on the whole family. My 14-year-old client sits across from me not making eye contac...

The Most Common Manifestation of Victim Shaming and Rape Culture

Dani Bostick | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

When I was first labeled Victim A after reporting my childhood sexual abuse, I was devastated. I thought it would be a liberating, empowering moment, and instead I felt disgusted, pathetic. Since then, I've learned that the word "victim" simply means a person who has been harmed by a crime.

The First Time I Called 911

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sue Kerr

When someone in the family is living with mental illness, adult or child, everyone needs support. Silence and secret keeping will come back to haunt you. There's nothing shameful about talking with a therapist or counselor. Maybe just once, maybe on a regular basis. There's nothing to be lost and the world to be gained.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.19.2015 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.

Tragedy and Loss: When an Anniversary Isn't for Celebrating and the Power of Acceptance

Lauren Rabin | Posted 09.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lauren Rabin

When most of us think about anniversaries, we think of celebratory ones - getting married, starting a relationship, graduating from school and even bi...

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: 'Tell Ray Ray ... Not Around Here Bruh.' Part I

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

The causes of violence are widely varied and deeply complex and the solutions will be just as complicated. However, I do not believe the disproportionate violence within African American communities is now or has ever been a coincidence.

Treating Stress and Trauma With Mindfulness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Mindfulness is a committed, concerted, targeted practice -- a life skill. While pausing for a few deep breaths may make you feel better in the moment, practicing and training regularly will allow you to achieve long lasting results, brain health, and that calmer, less reactive place of being.

No Guilt

Margaret Klaw | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Margaret Klaw

I am increasingly frustrated by the extremely effective hijacking of this conversation by the anti-choice movement. They have managed to define the debate to such an extent that women who have had abortions hesitate to even admit it.

On 9/11 Anniversary, a Call to Sustain Hope

Ken Brack | Posted 09.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Brack

Cindy McGinty, a 9/11 widow who refused to curl up in a ball when she was suddenly forced to raise two young boys alone, issues a call to action as w...

Between Identities: Trauma and Ethics in the Art of Eugene Lemay

Shai Baitel | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

His trajectory as an American Christian of Arab descent, who transformed into a Jew and then an Israeli who fights for his country, has certainly shaped Lemay as a complex individual with a variety of viewpoints relating to identity, of his own, and of the other.

Why Eight Students' Legal Case is Pivotal to Educational Reform

Paul Caccamo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Paul Caccamo

America has an epidemic of youth violence that must be addressed. If we don't put some of the responsibility on our public schools to tackle the impact of this violence, then we have few alternatives for addressing it at the scope that is required.

How to Get Rid of A Grown-Up Bully and Get Your Groove Back

Rachel Brehm | Posted 09.05.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Most people will experience a bully at some point during their life; I just didn't expect to meet mine as a 30-year-old adult. You would think that as...