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Trauma

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 11.02.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | Home
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 11.02.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 10.29.2016 | 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...

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

America, how are the children? More specifically, how are the African American children? They are troubled. They are confused. They are angry. They have seen too much to live healthy, idyllic or carefree childhoods and they don't have the maturity to make sense of what the world is showing them.

Rethinking Restraints -- They're Not Just for Special Needs Children Like Mine

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Bonnie Zampino

I know I should have been shocked by the video of the student being thrown to the floor in a classroom in South Carolina. But I wasn't. As the mother of a child with autism, I know all about the use of restraints and seclusion.

The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Sarah Matsui | Posted 10.28.2016 | Education
Sarah Matsui

The narrative of 'Work Hard, Get Smart' and 'No Excuses' demands individual hero sacrifice. This kind of oversimplified idealism encouraged dehumanizing behaviors among many TFA corps members and negatively impacted their well-being as people and as teachers.

Bigger Than You

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 10.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

At some point in your life you will face something bigger than you. Chances are very good it will happen more than once. But that first time can knock you for a loop; pull the proverbial rug out from under you. It can take your predictable, happy life and turn it upside down.

5 Simple Ways to Fall in Love With Life During Illness

Caryn O'Hara | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Caryn O'Hara

Trauma is startling. It picks you up, shakes you senseless, and plops you down facing a completely different direction. Having recently hopped off of this merry-go-round, now it's up to you to figure out how the hell to reconnect with self and create a new normal.

Ruminations on Restitution

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Katharine Angelina Love

I feel moored in the muddiness of my young unmet needs. It is in this deep dark place, where the howling beast part of me lives, that I now must travel to rescue beastie and hold her tightly to slow her howling.

Jury Duty Notice Provoked My PTSD

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

The simple piece of paper with a jury summons notice was enough to erase every moment of healing I've accomplished since the then and now. This piece of paper made me want to flee the country that caused me so much damage, like I ended up doing in 2002 after my suicide attempt.

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

Natasha Che | Posted 10.21.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.17.2016 | 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 10.16.2016 | 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 10.15.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.08.2016 | Queer 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 10.03.2016 | 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 10.07.2016 | 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.