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Trauma

An Interview With the Unabomber's Brother

Michaela Haas | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Michaela Haas

"After Ted was arrested and we were haunted by the media, I got quite depressed and I went through this 'poor-me' phase, because the government had betrayed us. They had assured us nobody would ever know that it was us who identified my brother as the Unabomber."

6 Ways You Can Help a Veteran Suffering PTSD

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.27.2017 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It's not a new phenomenon for a politician to use someone's suffering for political gain, but Sarah Palin, in addressing her son's arrest last week for domestic violence, has managed both to propagate a series of misunderstandings about PTSD and to dishonor veterans.

Do You Have a Thousand-Yard Stare Story?

Tara Hedman | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

Life can come back into focus, and it can be safe enough to feel again. You can connect to your heart and be glad it's beating once more. The things you've seen won't be forgotten, but your resignation and isolation can be lifted to reveal joy.

Is Your Podiatrist a Christian?

Tara Hedman | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

The client has been coming to sessions with me for several months when he asks, "Are you a Christian?" I respond, "Is that something that's important...

The Trauma and Turmoil of Being Placed in YOUR Home: Uncertainty for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.26.2017 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

It was late, and I was at my desk in my library, doing some writing for an upcoming book. Earlier that afternoon, we had taken in three foster childr...

Why Yesterday Was A Huge Day For Youth Justice

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Lisa Pilnik

This week's developments are just part of a larger wave of reform in how communities and the justice system view and treat young people, and a growing recognition that some of our past practices and policies were ineffective.

Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science

What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn't the drugs themselves. Dr. Gabor Maté believes -- based on research a...

The Wound and the Gift

Mark Matousek | Posted 01.22.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

The Sanskrit word guru means "darkness to light." Anything that enlightens us is our guru. As we come to locate the strength in our weak parts, the gi...

Watching Spotlight Through Protestant Eyes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 01.15.2017 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

Like everyone else, I make the same old New Year's resolutions--eat better, exercise more, get more rest. And like everyone else, I forget about them ...

What's Happened In The Years Since I Was Hit By A Car As A Child

Marcia Meier | Posted 01.15.2017 | Fifty
Marcia Meier

Roscoe braked and the car came to a halt about halfway down the block. People were running toward them, surrounding the car. Muriel didn't understand what had happened. 'You've hit a child!' they yelled. Muriel looked at her husband of 40 years. His face was the color of fresh Michigan snow.

A Solution for Ending Family Homelessness

Ellen L. Bassuk | Posted 01.14.2017 | Impact
Ellen L. Bassuk

As the number of families without homes continues to increase, more attention is being focused on their plight.

Yoga: How We Serve Incarcerated Youth

Rob Schware | Posted 01.14.2017 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jill Weiss Ippolito, who is the founder/director of UpRising Yoga in Los Angeles, a nonprofit program that brings yoga to incarcerated youth and communities that can benefit from yoga.

Healing Trauma

Wendy Adamson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adamson

trau·ma ˈtroumə,ˈtrômə/ 1. 1. a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. ▪ emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injur...

Cutting Saguaros

Poetry Foundation | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home
Poetry Foundation

by Javier Zamora Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry's current issue. Javier Zamora's poem "Saguaros" appears in the Janu...

How to Restore Your Faith After Trauma

Victoria McGee | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion
Victoria McGee

All who have survived trauma know well the feeling of the broken spirit. The loss of faith that comes with having your belief system ripped out from under you.

My Recovery From Birth Trauma and PTSD

Quenby Schuyler | Posted 01.11.2017 | 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 01.09.2017 | Home
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 12.30.2016 | 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 12.30.2016 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 old...

Braving the Holidays After the Trauma of Suicide

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2016 | 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 12.19.2016 | 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 a min...

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

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.15.2016 | 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.