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Trauma

Self-Care in Times of Suffering

Nancy Colier | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

There are times in life when things fall apart, when we lose something deeply important, something that makes us feel connected, grounded or safe. Som...

The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.

Yoga: Empowering the Underserved

Rob Schware | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Francie Winters, coordinator of Environmental Strategies at the Nye and Esmeralda Counties Coalition (NyECC) in Pahrump, Nev...

Hairballs, Happiness and Mantras

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Empowering also entails a responsibility to others to permit them the space to become who they are meant to be, not who I want them to be. And finally, "opening" creates a channel of connection to the people in my life. Where I once built walls, I now build bridges to hope.

Zumba: How I Got My Groove Back After Trauma

Tracy Strauss | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Nervous, I stood in the back of the room so as to not be noticed making what I anticipated would be a fool of myself. I'd left my contact lenses at home so that I wouldn't be able to see myself in the mirror, but I could still make out the shape of my body in the distance.

Rescuing 'Victimhood' for Victims (Letting the Sharks Take Care of Themselves)

Christopher Murray | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Murray

Victim isn't a bad word. It shouldn't imply that someone is a loser, a weakling, a malingerer or a chronic sad sack. For most people, being a victim is a stage in response to experiencing something traumatic that had a victimizing impact on them.

Memory Chose a Woman's Body: Angela M. Carter on Poetry and Trauma

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Angela M. Carter was born, and raised, in a Virginia farming town of less than 280 country-folk. Carter moved abroad, to England, for nearly five years and returned to sweet Virginia with a new-found confidence, and voice.

Review Essay: Out There by Sarah Stark

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

"When a person says to a friend, 'I'll see you later,' or a parent says to a child at bedtime, 'I'll see you in the morning,' these are statements, like delusions, whose validity is not open for discussion.

9/11: On Terror, Grief and Forgetting

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

What 9/11 did to us as a nation is solidify tensions of Brown/Black bodies carrying terror. From the security line to workplace to college campuses, brown bodies are policed and monitored. But this is how we are. This is the America we foster and develop.

The Three Legged Stool: On the Death of a Brother

Helen Davey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Jeanne and I are left feeling strangely off balance. I imagine a three-legged stool, and how each leg is essential for its function. Over our lifetime, my siblings and I learned how to continually interact as a unit, calling upon our very different talents and personalities.

In the Company of Words and Strangers

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

We all know far too well that aching disconnect between who we really are and what we project into the world. For many of us, we consciously choose to disappear -- to be "less than" because the fear of allowing ourselves to be completely "exposed."

Treating PTSD: Maybe It's Time for Another Look at Our Options

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Internationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Charles Figley thinks we should reevaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being overprescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, often very powerful ones, and sometimes several at a time.

On Being a Remainder

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

The experience of being a remainder is central to bereavement. A person left behind by the death of a loved one is often called the survivor, but remainder better captures the emotional experience.

The War on Grief

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of...

What We Do When We Don't Know What to Do

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

Maybe in our time of not-knowing, we who are white can realize that we should not try to be in charge for a change, that we should support the leadership of people of color, the experts in this movement. Maybe we can try to take a few steps forward together.

Suffering Is the Easy Part

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Loren Kleinman

My coping mechanism became my writing. I felt compelled to tell my story. Like Roland Barthes' discourse on love, this was my discourse too. The love I had for myself pushed me to understand my trauma and forced me to break silence.

Review Essay on "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.21.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

The friend who gave me the book knew that I had been investigating and writing about the phenomenology of traumatic loss since the death of my late wife in February of 1991 shattered my world.

Who Are We If We Forgive? Who Are We If We Don't?

Kate Gale | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Kate Gale

I have a friend who was attacked as a child and her attacker went to jail but he's due to get out. She has to walk back into the dark and remember th...

What's Being Done to Ease Detained Children's Trauma?

Sylvia Puente | Posted 08.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

My heart aches as I've learned that of the thousands of Central American children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, as many as 800 are less than five years old -- and as many as 94 of these children aren't even a year old.

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Luongo

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly disc...

Gather Ye Rosebuds: Remembering Robin Williams, Hoping for Healing Today

Gareth Higgins | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Gareth Higgins

Some folk -- a little older than me -- are Star Wars guys. I think I'm a Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King guy, or at least it feels that way today.

Healing the Wounds of the Future

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that the mere prospect of terrifying battle experiences is enough to traumatize soldiers before they actually deploy?

One Of The Most Powerful Factors In Overcoming Trauma And Loss

OWN | Posted 08.06.2014 | OWN

Everyone deals with trauma and loss differently. Some mourn in solitude, some find comfort in close family, and others express their grief publicly on...

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

Views From Down Under -- Trauma

Fiona Werle-Schupp | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Werle-Schupp

I recently attended a trauma workshop for therapists and what I took from this session really made me sit up and take note. Australia is holding a Roy...