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Trauma

When Missing Teens Return, the Challenge of Reintegration Remains

Tony Loftis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Crime
Tony Loftis

Children and families in the days and weeks after recovery face a new and unique challenge.If the process is hard for families, what about the missing? What will they have to do to reintegrate into their new/old lives?

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...

Hit and Run

Amy Oraefo | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Pain is relative and suffering is optional. Do not choose to suffer through anything in silence. Who knows, you could be the driving force responsible for assisting a person in completely recovering or even avoiding their next personal crisis.

Supercharging Medical Assistance in Syria and Libya

Ethan Chorin | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, ...

New Dissertations in the Study of Dreams

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Dreams point the way towards healing, towards potentials for new life and new growth beyond the challenging conditions of the present.

How Yoga Can Become a Game-changer in Combatting Eating Disorders

Rob Schware | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"Downward dog certainly didn't cure my eating disorder, but the practice did teach me how to relate to my body in a more compassionate way."

The Fight After the Fight

Eamonn Conrad | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eamonn Conrad

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one thing I really was prepared for was the fight during treatment. I knew I was going to have surgery. I knew I was going to get radiation. What I was not fully prepared for was everything that came after.

Teen Suicide and Contagion

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

The idea of a teen committing suicide and of a young life being abbreviated is almost too painful to think about. A new study suggests that the phenomenom of "suicide contagion" is sadly alive and well among teens.

Medications and Mental Health - Fifty Shades of Gray

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli Medications and mental health: an issue with fifty shades of gray. As a therapist, I deal with people's thoughts and feelings about ...

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?

Yoga: The Hard Work of Building Community

Rob Schware | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Molly Lannon Kenny, who credits her "service" endeavors to the original value system in which she was raised -- "that no human being is greater than any other and all deserve a chance to be seen, acknowledged, and cared for."

Helping Kids Cope with the Oklahoma Tornado and other Traumas: 7 Techniques

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

When kids learn with and from each other, they can come up with constructive actions to make healing and rebuilding widespread and long-lasting.

Part II: Trauma Training Should Be Mandatory for Yoga Teachers

Margaret Howard | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

Yoga teachers can go a long way toward taking care of their students by avoiding triggering traumatic responses in those students have traumatic injuries. And you should, as part of responsible, ethical teaching practice.

Part I: Trauma Training Should Be Mandatory for Yoga Teachers

Margaret Howard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

The environment of the yoga class is particularly ripe for trauma triggering because of its inherently intimate nature, arising out of the integration of mind and body and the teacher's position as a leader and spiritual or physical authority, and the fact that trauma can be held in the body.

When the Cameras Stop Rolling: What Is the Long-Term Prognosis for Trauma Survivors?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

The brain has ways of coping with and reversing the effects of psychological and physical maltreatment, but a number of factors influence how well and how quickly people bounce back. One of those factors is the individual's support system.

Reclaiming Joy

Dearbhla Kelly | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dearbhla Kelly

Practicing yoga has changed me, made me calmer, less anxious, more equanimous. It's given me a physiological way to deal with trauma that was otherwise unavailable to me, and as a teacher, I now have some tools that I can share with others who've experienced trauma.

A Call to Service: Sharing Yoga as a Tool of Self-Empowerment

Rob Schware | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"The emotional connection for yoga service is the human connection. Sharing yoga is another way of saying "I love you" to total strangers. We're using our bodies to find that common ground and language of love, and nothing is lost in translation."

Pushing for More Progress in the District's Children's Mental Health System

Judith Sandalow | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Last year Children's Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations to improve the children's mental health system in the District. Today, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are releasing a report card that assesses progress in the areas outlined in our plan.

Traumatic Stress Disorder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Trauma is ubiquitous in our world. Sometimes, however, its magnitude is so profound or persistent that, while recovery is possible, a person's life is forever changed.

Overcoming Trauma With Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

It just so happened that the theme for the lesson was interconnectedness. We would spend the time exploring partner poses, designed to build community and interdependence within the class. I told the students that this would be a chance to lighten the load that we'd all been carrying the past few days.

Working on Healing More Important Than Adding Police

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

NBC's Rock Center recently showed Camden the way that most of the world sees it: dangerous, rundown and hopeless. The problem with this vantage point is that it is only the surface level.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

From Dream to Wasteland: Boston Bombers and the Denial of America's Grandeur

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Andrew Lam

Though I have moved far from my own refugee past -- I've become an American writer and journalist -- I never underestimate the speed with which an immigrant boy can go off track, and how his vision of America as a land of milk and honey can quickly shift.

Boston and Terror: Love Is the Answer

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

We are traumatized as terror unfolds from the Boston bombings and the killing at MIT. Our minds are full of horrific images, as we feel more and more fearful and out of control. What do we do and how do we talk to ourselves during this traumatic time? The quickest, most effective way out of fear is to turn to love.

To Fear or Not to Fear After the Boston Marathon Bombing

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Aurora, Tuscon, Newtown, and now Boston. In light of so many terrorizing incidences, from a psychological standpoint, it's normal -- and healthy -- to feel fear.