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Trauma

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.

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.

From the Front Lines of American Gun Violence

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

What happens now is not "someone else's problem." It doesn't matter where we live, how much money we make, the color of our skin or where we were born -- Wednesday's ruling was a vast disappointment, an outrage, and will compromise the safety of Americans everywhere.

Let Us Grieve First

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

So give us a brief time to cry, to grieve. Something really bad happened. Let us work through our emotions. Then after that, spit in the eye of fate and the madmen, be proud of our cities and our nationality, and gain revenge in normality.

The Boston Bombings: Coping With Trauma

John Tsilimparis | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Emotional and psychological trauma is the direct result of very unusually stressful events that tend to fracture our sense of safety and security. These events, like the tragic bombings in Boston this week, leave us feeling vulnerable and scared.

Heroes Run Together

Julia McGovern | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Julia McGovern

Let us stay united. Because next year the cheers will be louder. Next year even more of the world's everyday heroes will come together to overcome those 26.2 miles. And together we can overcome this tragedy.

What Marathon Runners Can Teach Us About Coping With Suffering

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Having run two marathons in the past, I know firsthand the dedication and inner fortitude it requires to train for and complete a marathon. What marathon runners know about suffering can help us all learn how to cope with this tragedy and rise above it.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

What Can You and I Learn From the Boston Marathon?

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

While I'd like to think that I'd never intentionally hurt anyone, I know I have done so, more than I'll ever know. I believe that if each of us follow Martin Richard's plea -- "no more hurting people" -- at a whole new level, the world will be a safer place.

Giving Comfort: The Heros in Our Midst

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart.