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Trauma

The Most Important Question For 2013

Jon Wortmann | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We can't stop feeling stressed. What we can do this year is prime our brains so that stress is no longer something to fear, but rather a sign of something we need to pay attention to, and a chance to figure out how we want to spend each precious moment.

From Hurricane Sandy to Sandy Hook: Are We Totally Powerless?

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Courtney Macavinta

Feeling powerlessness is real. Being powerless is real. And acknowledging it can grow us. But let it lead you not to despair or destruction, but toward honoring yourself. Channel your powerlessness to bolster your strength, resources, authority, and capacity to act.

Of Deities and Dragons: Newtown, Trauma and the Uses of Fantasy

Susan J. Napier | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

The muzak was playing "Tis the season to be jolly" when I walked into the supermarket on Friday December 14.

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.

How Do We Sleep After Sandy Hook?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

During this time following the Newtown tragedy, people may find that they have a hard time "shutting their brains off." The more they fight to quiet their minds, the more they struggle to sleep. The goal in this situation is to prevent the acute problem from developing into a chronic problem.

How We Can Help Children Cope With Grief and Loss After a Mass Trauma

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 12.20.2012 | Education
Bonnie Rubenstein

Loss -- albeit much less tragic -- is inevitable, natural and something we all face. While dealing with a loss is never easy, it can be peculiarly disorienting for children, who are developing emotionally and have fewer past experiences to relate to.

In Search of a Coherent Narrative

Sloan Gorman, LCSW | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Sloan Gorman, LCSW

A coherent narrative helps us to integrate new information with what we already know, so that we can heal and move on. The only way I can formulate a coherent narrative about this tragedy is if all of us, collectively, use this event as a catalyst for change.

The NRA and the USA

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Regarding the role of the National Rifle Association in a nation that has witnessed far too many killings of far too many innocents, in a nation with far too many of the kind of weapons that are best left to Navy SEALs killing enemy terrorists, I write today to reach out.

A Message on Sandy Hook and Mental Health Awareness

Glenn Close | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Glenn Close

A tragedy like Sandy Hook can tend to solidify people's fears and prejudices about mental illness. So it is of vital importance that we, as a community, re-dedicate ourselves to eliminating the stigma that affects 1 in 4 people in our country.

My Body Is at my Desk, My Mind Is in CT

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

For a period of time, we forgot about online predators and scary people lurking around the mall, and instead re-evaluated that the one place where we send our kids to learn, socialize and grow up is not without risk.

Caring About and for Kids With Asperger Syndrome in the Aftermath of the Newtown Massacre

Jerome Schultz | Posted 02.15.2013 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids with Asperger's syndrome need to understand that having that condition or diagnosis does not mean that they are the kind of person who takes the lives of innocent children and adults.

Your Best Response to Sandy Hook Shootings Can Be Saving Others

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

That's no small achievement, even if it happens just some of the time. Looking back that may be one of the most satisfying ways by which you measure your life. In that spirit, let's take every opportunity to support others in savoring this holiday.

Facing Fear in Newtown, Conn.

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Reassurance is what a child needs during this time. Reassurance that Mommy and Daddy aren't leaving them. Reassurance that law enforcement is doing everything to prevent similar crimes, and reassurance that there are more good people in the world than evil.

Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

At this point, any comment on the psychiatric profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man responsible for these murders, is complete hearsay. By themselves, these traits do not indicate any diagnosis at all, although we have been quick to dissect them in the search for meaning.

Coping With the Sleep Disorders Expected After the Sandy Hook Shooting

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Without doubt, parents, teachers, neighbors, first responders and all of the bereaved are likely already dealing with acute sleep disorders, including insomnia, as the shock of the event fades into insurmountable grief.

A History of Violence

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.15.2013 | Media
Joseph Bobrow

Our culture, in which the draw of violence is turbo-charged, glamorized and commercialized, clearly plays a pivotal role in the psychological problems of an alarmingly growing number of young men who commit wanton murder.

The Newtown Shootings: Mourning the Loss of Children Taken So Suddenly Away

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

We don't necessarily "recover." We may never "get over it." Instead, we may wrap ourselves in the wisdom gained from loss. We may learn that life means even more to us than we realized before our loved one was taken away.

6 Coping Mechanisms in the Aftermath of Child Trauma

Dr. Heidi Horsley | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Dr. Heidi Horsley

Today's tragic events at the Sandy Hook School will require a lot of caring for the surviving children. Here is a list of my advice on how to cope with trauma involving youth.

Cultural Polaroid: Sri Lanka

Anjhula Mya Bais | Posted 02.10.2013 | Impact
Anjhula Mya Bais

Dinner parties around the world never cease to be intriguing. The candidness and bonding that occurs naturally over food provides illuminating glimpses on the pulse of any particular culture.

Everyone Deserves a New Beginning

K. Lorrel Manning | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
K. Lorrel Manning

The research for the film began to have an effect on me. Pretty soon, I found myself having trouble falling asleep. As I replayed certain events that had been revealed to me over and over in my head, I began to see images from my own childhood.

Psychological First Aid: Mental Health Care After Hurricane Sandy

Craig L. Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig L. Katz, M.D.

On a recent Friday, a psychiatrist and a team of medical students traveled to the Far Rockaways in Queens to provide mental health assistance to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Their work did not involve psychotherapy or diagnoses, but rather tending to the immediate needs of survivors.

Growing Up With Toxic Stress or Addiction and Its Long-Term Impact

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

How we experience the circumstances of our lives often determines whether or not we find them traumatizing. The presence of caring adults who help children to decode the ever-unfolding situations of their worlds is a great protective buffer for the child.

A Shared Trauma: The Death of Pan Am

Helen Davey | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

Following the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I invite those who are suffering from this massive collective trauma to view this speech.

Soldiers Are Not Heroes, They're Humans

Derek Flood | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Derek Flood

Our bumper stickers say "support our troops," but if we really care about our service men and women then we need to wake up to the very real fact that many of them have had their worlds shattered.

After a Disaster, Children Need Special Attention to Recover

William Spear | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
William Spear

While the larger agencies provide emergency provisions in the immediate aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, few groups provide emotional support beyond palliative approaches, quiet counseling and minimally expressive therapies that are primarily cognitive in nature.