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Coping With Trauma

Helping Kids Cope With a Community Kidnapping (And Other Adversities)

Varda Epstein | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Varda Epstein

Life from their vantage point is still predictable, steady and under control. It's a comfort during this difficult time.

Our Marriage Lives in a Shadow of a Medical Mystery

Julie Present | Posted 03.29.2014 | Divorce
Julie Present

Our story has a good ending. For now. We regard ourselves as lucky, and our marriage has become a symbol of healing, love, safety, and yet profound vulnerability.

Learning From Life's Big Classroom: Taking Stock in 2014

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Crime
Aviva A. Perlo

Herein lies a personal story and some of what I learned from it. The story is not just mine. Unfortunately facing mortality applies to all of us.

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

Helping Kevin Recover From Trauma

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

In the past, there would be few options left for kids like Kevin. He would have continued to bounce from one foster setting to another without much chance of getting better. Not only would he never have the love and stability of a family, but he would likely spend much of his life in jail.

When Hope Hurts

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

After loss or trauma, most of us wish that tomorrow would look the same as yesterday did before all of these difficulties. If we are lucky, we give up hope and say the words that open us to resilience and creativity: "This is awful,and I don't think it will change. What now?"

'You Alone Can Do It, But You Can't Do It Alone'

Hopewell Rogers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Teen
Hopewell Rogers

I once watched a friend hyperventilate. In seconds, she'd gone from calm to blue. What brought it on? I'd made a comment that triggered a terrible memory.

PTSD Research Highlights Backpack Medics in Burma

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science
Andrew G. Lim

A recent study published in Conflict and Health explores the traumatic stress of medics working in low-resource war-affected areas of Karen state, eastern Burma.

'I Fell In Love With My Therapist'

Candace Walsh | Posted 10.13.2013 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

When you're walking along in a strange city, and you've studied the map and think you know where you're going, there's a period of time when you're actually going the wrong way but you haven't figured it out yet.

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

The Trauma That Will Succeed the Tornadoes

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

After rescue efforts are exhausted and the recovery phase of a disaster begins, what might traumatic disorders look like in you or a loved one in the aftermath of the destruction?

Restorative Justice: Re-storying What Happened in Boston

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

I still go to sleep wondering whether more bombs will appear in the city, whether my family will be okay, whether the sounds of sirens and the choppers of helicopters will bring memories of unease. I know I'm not alone.

Terror Management Theory and the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Americans all feel closer to the city of Boston. Even Yankees fans can put aside their rivalry in the face of tragedy. Why do we feel closer to others in times of crisis? There is a prominent framework in social psychology called "terror management theory" that helps us to understand this behavior.

The Boston Bombings: Coping With Trauma

John Tsilimparis | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Emotional and psychological trauma is the direct result of very unusually stressful events that tend to fracture our sense of safety and security. These events, like the tragic bombings in Boston this week, leave us feeling vulnerable and scared.

Heroes Run Together

Julia McGovern | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Julia McGovern

Let us stay united. Because next year the cheers will be louder. Next year even more of the world's everyday heroes will come together to overcome those 26.2 miles. And together we can overcome this tragedy.

Giving Comfort: The Heros in Our Midst

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart.

We're All Innocent Bystanders: Healing After The Marathon

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Valdes Greenwood

We are all innocent bystanders to tragedy now. Americans live in era of terrible violence, which finds us in our movie theaters and our schools and our streets full of joyful citizens. Those who do such terrible deeds seem to have forgotten what it means to be human. But we don't have to.

A Meditation On Tragedy

Jeff Halevy | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Halevy

We cannot let yesterday's attack, an assault on the essence of the human spirit, create within us fragmentation and destruction. We must continue to achieve. We must continue to come together.

A Boston Doctor's Ode to Her Fair City

Aditi Nerurkar, MD | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Aditi Nerurkar, MD

A hometown tragedy is at once a painfully personal and strangely depersonalizing experience. The images on television aren't just places, they're my places. That's my street with the barricades. That's my library in the background.

A 'How-To' Guide For Healing From Trauma

Lisa Arends | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Arends

Restoration after a sudden trauma is not easy, but it is possible. In fact, you can even learn how to surf your tsunami, moving through it with skill and grace.

Christmas Curse or Celebration: From Superstorm Sandy to Sandy Hook to the Financial Cliff, Seven Questions in Crises

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Police can patrol schoolyards and meteorologists can monitor the atmosphere, but we cannot always prevent disaster. We can only react well to restore safety, and be prepared.

Meeting The Need For Psychological First Aid In Japan

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

The injuries experienced by the individuals of Japan require not only physical, but psychological, first aid that can help them through what may very well be the most traumatic event of their lives.

Are You Glued To The News From Japan?

Deborah King | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

If you've been traumatized, either in person or by watching it on TV, what can you do to release the effects from your system?

Would You Choose To Live After A Catastrophic Injury?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Very few of us escape adversity in our lives, so take a moment and do an inventory to see if you are prepared for the journey.

When Crisis Strikes: 11 Strategies For Successful Coping

Linda and Tony Cole | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda and Tony Cole

A nurse told me often that an illness can be harder on the caregiver than it is on the patient, and that caregivers often experience serious ailments during the first couple years of this stressful period.