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The Power of Creativity in Healing

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.10.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

In this week's video blog, I reflect on the time Buddha Doodles emerged, as well as my creative practice that existed prior to this comic (which serve...

Can Resilience Be Learned?

Alex Lickerman, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Alex Lickerman, M.D.

An undefeated mind isn't one that never feels discouraged or despairing; it's one that continues on in spite of it.

Secondhand Trauma: When PTSD Is a Family Affair

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

When PTSD transfers from the battlefield to the home, this disorder quickly becomes a family affair. So set an extra plate at dinner tonight; PTSD is joining you.

Take a Stand!

Donna Henes | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries, just close down. Or we can use this time to work toward the expansion, openness, and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible.

Sandy Hook One Month Later: How We're Doing Now

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Miranda Pacchiana

A month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the TV trucks have gone, the large makeshift memorials have been taken down and the road past the school is finally open to traffic. Still, there are reminders of the tragedy all over town.

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.

A Compassion Revolution: The Time Is Now

Sheela Raja, PhD | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Sheela Raja, PhD

Some of us might think that a combination of our individual personalities, perseverance and good old American individualism can rescue us in times of trouble. Healing from trauma requires a community, a culture that's behind you.

Yoga: How We Serve People With Mental Illnesses

Rob Schware | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"It's time to offer yoga electives in social work and other helping professional degree programs (for nurses, therapists, special educators, first responders, etc.). These professionals and their clients will benefit from an education in the foundational principles of yoga healing."

Talking Sandy Hook in the Classroom

Zein Odeh | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education
Zein Odeh

I have been in the classroom for almost a decade, and I have to admit, I was not sure how to talk about the Sandy Hook shooting with my students.

Tragedy, Collective Soul Loss, and the Healing Story

Kelley Harrell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Take time to reflect on your healing story. Write it down, if it helps, or draw it, paint it. Express all of the feelings wrapped into your experience of the healing process, and know that in doing so, we all heal. We all move closer to wellness.

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.