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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 beca...

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...

Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

Rob Schware | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Elizabeth Carling, who offers a free community-based yoga program with the support of her employer, Patricia McKeen, owner of A New Awakening counseling agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Creed Frontman Scott Stapp Opens Up About Abuse And Rebuilding His Faith

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion

After an abusive childhood left Creed frontman Scott Stapp with a skewed perception of religion, he had to completely rebuild his foundation of faith,...

The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas.

A Letter to My Daughter, From Your Trauma-Recovering Momma

Dawn Daum | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I worry that at times you are feeling the brunt of my childhood trauma, because you have now become my teacher; your love and existence my lessons. Is that normal for every parent? I don't know, and that in itself is part of what is most terrifying about being your mom. I know nothing about normalcy.

5 Ways to Find Yourself When Life Becomes a Storm

Michelle Schroer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Schroer

It is possible to find yourself again and rekindle your joy when life takes a detour. Above all, it's a chance to shed unwanted layers, let go of what no longer serves you, and highlight the things that truly make you happy. Life ending up in a different place than you ever imagined can have a happy ending!

Finding Support and Coping with Stress After a Traumatic Event

Laurent Schmitt | Posted 11.15.2015 | Impact
Laurent Schmitt

Positive mental health allows us to appreciate life. To neglect these simple measures exposes us to excessive stress and to its psychosomatic consequences.

The Question for Humanity

Monique Minahan | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Monique Minahan

Can we love bigger? Can we at least try?

Our Duty on Veterans Day: Resiliency Is a Team Effort

Michaela Haas | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Michaela Haas

This is significant on Veterans Day and on every day: to help our soldiers and our fellow survivors to bounce forward. In fact, this is our duty after they've done theirs.

Waking Up to Dance, Mindfully

Tajci Cameron | Posted 11.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

The song starts and I let my body respond. My hips sway and my feet start to step this way and that. My arms lift up above my bobbing head and my hand...

Red Meat for the Cancer Survivor's Soul

Bret Hoekema | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

After reading my essay written this past winter entitled The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Work, a friend and supporter of mine who is of ...

Europe's Asylum Seekers Face Psychological Trauma, PTSD

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Many of the refugees arriving in Europe by way of treacherous land and sea crossings from the Middle East and Africa likely count post-traumatic stres...

Alone, We Are Afraid to Be...

Matthew Holland | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthew Holland

Behind closed doors, beneath closed eyes When we struggle to cope with anything, the silence can be deafening As if it preys on our weaknesses, during...

Part and Parcel: Tom Hart

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

When submerged in the darkest darkness of grief, how do we crawl toward the light? How, as humans, do we stagger forward under the weight of unbearable loss?

Youth, Addiction, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't care who you are, what you've done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled teen who is revealing his or her true self.

Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Jennifer Ka | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennifer Ka

I feel the detrimental effects of war and violence. My parents are Khmer Rouge genocide survivors, and they carried with them a world of hurt. I did n...

Social Media, Zola And The Sex Worker Horror Story

Josephine | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
Josephine

Every sex worker has a horror story. We get robbed, arrested, beaten, humiliated. I file those events away in memory as "shit happens" because the alternative is too depressing. Maybe that's what Zola was doing: defusing the horror of her experience with humor.

Letting Go of the Ghost

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

I look around the neighborhood at the eerie ghosts hanging from the trees, and I remember the time I, too, decorated the house in all its terrifying g...