When my colleagues and I began to study post-traumatic stress disorder, we assumed resilient people were somehow special, perhaps genetically gifted. We were wrong. Everyone can learn and train to be more resilient.
By learning to control our thoughts, we slowly, ever so slowly learn to control our emotions -- without sacrificing our capacity to feel. As we control our emotions, we ever so slowly alter our perceptions.
In an ideal world, no young person would ever experience trauma. But until that happens, let's make sure that all young people have the support necessary to rewire and recover. They deserve nothing less.
It's important for people who suffer with trauma to get the treatment that's appropriate to their unique experiences and that is sensitive to the specific symptoms they are struggling with at the moment.
it's pretty easy to come to town, say you are a "trained trauma chaplain", flash your badge and get assigned to help people who are at their most psychologically and spiritually vulnerable. The potential for doing harm, to the point of spiritual abuse, is high.
On the eve of the release of A Dark Knight Rises, I'm going to consider whether Batman has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the psychiatric disorder that most people may think a likely diagnosis for Batman.
In the past few years, clinical psychologists have been exploring the possibility of using a cognitive deficit as a therapeutic tool for treating people -- including refugee children -- who are at high risk for depression.
If you act with love and use that as your compass, regardless of the challenge you may be facing, however dark, deep and painful it may be, eventually love will circle back. It may have a funny way of navigating back to you, but it eventually does.
All the Danish soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events prior to deployment. In fact, it wasn't traumatic war experiences that predicted the onset of PTSD, but rather childhood experiences of violence.
Have you recently been through a challenge, disappointment, break up or disloyalty with somebody in your life? If so, it's important to take some time to think like a lion tamer about your pain, so you can tame the possibility of more negativity coming back to bite you again!