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Overmedicating Children in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children who come into foster care often have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including the removal from their families, and may be at higher risk for mental health problems and emotional disorders. Too often multiple medications may be used without other kinds of effective treatments that might better address the underlying trauma children are experiencing.

It Doesn't Have to Be So Hard

Catherine Gobron | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

As a culture we believe deeply that school is the only way forward. We believe that people absolutely, positively must get through the gauntlet of high school for any hope of a successful future.

How Brain Science Can Help Explain Discrepancies In A Sexual Assault Survivor's Story

Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Posted 05.25.2015 | Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.

Real Criminal Justice Reform Requires Listening to Those Most Commonly Impacted by Crime

Lenore Anderson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Lenore Anderson

Growing political unity on the Left and Right on the need for criminal justice reform is an important development. But if bipartisanship fails to incorporate the experiences and voices of those previously ignored, it won't lead to the breakthrough we need.

Jackson Connor

The Web Has Opened Up Opportunities For Freelancers, But It's Still As Hard A Life As Ever | Jackson Connor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media

For Richard Morgan, freelance writing is a lot like dating. There’s the cat-and-mouse game of pitching editors and waiting anxiously for their repli...

It Didn't Happen to Me

Mackenzie Ellsworth | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mackenzie Ellsworth

If it happened to a friend, a third cousin twice removed, a parent, an ex-best friend, a stranger, it doesn't matter. The way you feels matters. It doesn't matter why you feel the way you do; all that matters is what you feel. It is legitimate.

Gabriel Arana

A Mental-Health Epidemic In The Newsroom | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media

When Hurricane Katrina swirled onto the Louisiana shore and residents of New Orleans clogged highways to flee, John McCusker stayed behind. A photogra...

What is a 'Clean' Breakup? (and How to Achieve One)

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

Holding compassion as a higher value than revenge, spite or fear may take some getting used to, but it is ultimately the one emotion that can see you safely through troubled waters.

Bringing Yoga To Underserved Communities in San Diego

Rob Schware | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Laura Plumb, who began her career in London, working with The Discovery Channel Europe. At Discovery she was quickly drawn to programming on indigenous cultures, complementary medicine, and healing traditions.

Review: Let's All Hold Hands and Drop Dead

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

Her descriptions are so raw -- at times embarrassingly so -- that readers may cringe at the depth of the author's honesty and abandon.

Walking Into Conflict: Trans Woman and Visual Artist Yishay Garbasz on Chronicling Trauma

Eliza Steinbock | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Eliza Steinbock

"My job is not to document a story, or see right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," explains British-Israeli and Berlin-based artist, Yishay Garbansz.

Bringing Yoga and Meditation to a Canadian Prison

Rob Schware | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Perri van Rossem, who began teaching yoga as a volunteer in 2005 at Collins Bay Medium Security Institution in Kingston, Ontario; she has been teaching there ever since. In addition, she coordinates yoga programs being offered in three other institutions.

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 06.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

Yoga: Helping Map the Path Home for Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Ena Burrud, E-RYT500, a certified yoga therapist working with veterans in Colorado and Wyoming. Herself diagnosed with PTS...

On Falling and Getting Back Up

Melissa Finefrock | Posted 06.24.2015 | Good News
Melissa Finefrock

I didn't hear or feel my leg break. All I knew was there was a giant, roaring monstrosity sitting just feet away from me with maybe five minutes left until takeoff. If I screamed, would anyone hear me? Was it standard procedure for transit officials to check the tracks before departure?

The Pit Bull at the Gate

Doug Kreeger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

The first time I experienced sex I was too young to understand what the act was, let alone how to process the complex emotions of what was happening. ...

Learning from Losing Lulu

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

A picture. I hadn't taken a picture of Arthur on his first day of school, of his shiny new backpack and his little knees emerging from his khaki shorts. No jerk in a Jetta was going to prevent me from taking a picture.

Trans-Generational Trauma: Passover, The Holocaust and My Grandma

Avram Mlotek | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

I sit across from my grandmother at the Seder table. "Grandma," I say, "I'm wondering what it's like for you, as a Holocaust survivor, who fled Germany as a child, to read these words, 'in every generation an enemy rises'?" She raises her eyebrows and sighs, as if she doesn't have what to say. My grandma has plenty to say.

Singledom to Single Motherhood: The Curse of Raw, Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

Joey Hoffman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Joey Hoffman

I've gone vegan, vegetarian and periodically nix wheat, gluten, and sugar, all which give me vile headaches and make me look and feel like Mr. Creosote, the exploding fat man in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Why did I choose these strategies? Not strictly to lose weight, but to gain mental health.

Taming the Beast: How I Stopped the Blame Game From Controlling My Life

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

I escaped the cage and found freedom from the wood pellets and stale feeder food. Maybe certain people tried to look for me; maybe they didn't. I didn't care. I was a hamster with a plan. I came to a fork, took the road less traveled and began running like my life depended on it (and hey, maybe it did).

Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel in a New Way

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

For many years, I and many other people I know have had trouble commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. I can't bear to view the official state ceremonies on television, broadcast from Yad Vashem, with all their clichés and us-against-the-world ideology.

Growing Up With the Holocaust as a Writer

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

As a youth I thought being the son of survivors was a burden, but I gratefully came to see it as a gift because it not only gave me a mission, it was the first subject that animated my writing. It's what helped me find my voice.

The Making of a Murderer

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Firestone

If we are serious about preventing violence, we have to be serious about early intervention. We have to work together to prevent child abuse and build better mental health screening and services for younger people.

Is the Sexual Healing Movement the New Sexual Revolution?

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

The entire sexual recovery movement and growing number of therapists and centers devoted to sexual healing is at the forefront of a new wave of sexual liberation.

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems From The First Year Without My Father By Bryan Borland

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

There is a distinct pleasure in rediscovering a favorite book. There is both familiarity and newness. We read words we've read before, and yet we re...