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War Trauma

Bearing The Full Force Of Our Anguish -- Learning From Veterans And Grieving Mothers

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

If the skillfully employed force of the beloved community helps veterans of war, their families and children, and their providers to heal, it can similarly help survivors of violent loss in our neighborhoods. And law enforcement personnel whose stress levels are off the chart.

War Zone Trauma At Home, Part 2-- Restoring Connectedness and Community

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

Working with thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families has taught me that war trauma -- be it abroad or a result of cumulative, traumatic, war-like violence at home -- operates like an IED blast.

Waking Up From War, Part 2

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.

Waking Up From War

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.

Straight Talk on Veteran Suicide

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.

Traumatized Veterans on Screen at the Istanbul Film Festival: Laurent Bécue-Renard's 'Of Men and War'

Karin Badt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Laurent Bécue-Renard's documentary "Of Men and War," which screened this past weekend at the Istanbul Film Festival, testifies to the grislier "truth" of war. It showcases the lasting horrific effect of combat on both those who serve and their families.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

World Mental Health Day

Curt Goering | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care in global humanitarian responses.

John Kerry's 'Iraq Hangover' on 60 Minutes

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph Bobrow

How quickly we forget war's multidimensional and devastating costs. How thoughtlessly we label the crucial act of remembering as "blindness," and judge ourselves and others for our understandable weariness.

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It' | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

Mental Health Care as a Humanitarian Response

Curt Goering | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Curt Goering

At a time when thousands of survivors of torture and war atrocities are waiting to receive the mental health care they so urgently need, increased financial support from the international community must be forthcoming.

David Wood

The Iraq War's Human Costs | David Wood | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

Nightfall and still over 100 degrees as the gun trucks of a U.S. military convoy known as Dagger Three Seven growl in S-turns past the concrete barrie...

A History of Violence: Two

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The power of community and of multidimensional connectedness cannot be overstated. It is healing in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. It is good for all of us, witnesses to unspeakable tragedy. It inspires us to realize how precious our lives are, to realize that peace begins with us.

Remembering a Soldier's Face

Helen Davey | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

In fact, it was I who never, ever has forgotten his face. I had, indeed, memorized it. I close my eyes and I can see him clearly after almost 45 years. I had the privilege of being with him in his last hours.

Meditation and War Trauma

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Bobrow

Meditation is mobilizing attentiveness on purpose. What we pay attention to grows, like watering a newly-planted tree. As we use this capacity for awareness it grows stronger, a kind of meditative muscle.

Mindfulness and War Trauma

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Bobrow

We're all given the gift of awareness. Mindfulness is cultivating this potential of ours. It develops our ability and our willingness to experience directly what's going on within and around us: the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.

Invisible Injuries of War: What Heals and Who's Listening?

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 10.07.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The heart and soul of military service is a sense of team, of community, and the love for and of one's buddies. They are also the royal road to healing the unseen injuries of war.

Veterans' Anguish and Post-Traumatic Growth

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

"Cheer up and think positive" is not the way forward. It takes the loving heart of community, skilled steady helping hands, and the courage to paddle, for us to experience real post-traumatic growth and to come back to life.

Military Suicides, Stigma and the Elephant in the Room

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The epidemic of military and veteran suicides requires action on multiple levels. But our strongest ally in this fight is hidden in plain sight -- the most powerful motivator for service members and veterans -- their love for, and the love of, their buddies. We need to mobilize it immediately.

The Costs of War, Collective Amnesia, and Learning From Experience

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

"It's true throughout history: there's always the belief that the next war will go much better than the last war."

Recognizing The Multi-Generational Trauma Of World War II

Leila Levinson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Through the American GIs who liberated Nazi camps, the Holocaust found its way to American shores and infected an entire generation with emotional numbness and insecurity.

Understanding the Traumas of War

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

Here is a letter I received from Dr. Russell Carr, a military psychiatrist who has been treating soldiers and Marines suffering from combat-related emotional trauma.

Drug Addiction On The Rise In Gaza

Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ivan Karakashian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians struggling to cope with the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the trauma of war are turning to painkillers and tran...