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Trauma

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

The Power of Presence

Ellen Magnis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Ellen Magnis

To deepen and heal our relationships he guides us to say (to ourselves) as we sit with our loved ones, "Darling, I am here for you. Darling, I know you suffer, and I am here for you."

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Surviving Dangerous Work Through 'Soul Space'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.

Yoga for Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.

Living in the Shadow of a Gun Crime: 14 Years Later

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Jumping at one's own shadow is a perfect metaphor for living with post-traumatic stress disorder. A darkness that sets up permanent camp in your peripheral vision and won't go away, no matter how much sage you burn, or how many gods you pray to.

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go With Buddha's Four Noble Truths

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

By looking at these four central tenets of Buddhism we can better understand how micromanaging our circumstances can cause us to become agitated and restricted. Instead, when we learn to let go of our attachments we can transform our lives in an innovative way.

Pouring Salt on the Wound: Psychologists Identify the Effects of 'Institutional Betrayal'

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The risk features involve power, privilege and prestige, the value placed on group membership, the prioritization of group loyalty, the impulse to protect an image, and an institutional sense of righteousness and entitlement.

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

Self-Care in Times of Suffering

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.