How to Minimize Trauma When Politics Change

Many are anticipating politics to change and these changes are arousing strong feelings. These include fear, grief, emotional collapse and a general sense of overwhelm and exhaustion. For many a strong sense of helplessness combined with an intense… Read More

6 Steps to Take to Help a Friend Who Self-Harms

You may be shocked when you learn that someone you care about is intentionally cutting or burning herself. Two questions may arise: “Why?” and “What can I do to stop this?” In a prior article I explored some… Read More

Trauma and Self-Harming Behavior

Traumatic events, especially those that happen when you are young, have the potential of disrupting your life in significant ways. One disturbing way that people cope with the emotions and memories is to self-harm or self-mutilate. To many… Read More


Have you had a traumatic event in the past and now you suspect that it significantly changed how you view what happens today in your life?  Does it seem as though you are: Discouraged because old patterns of… Read More

Domestic Violence: Why Does She Stay in an Abusive Relationship?

This is part four in a series of articles about domestic violence. The others addressed how to recognize abuse, how to ask the abuser to change and how to know when to leave an abusive relationship. In this… Read More

Domestic Violence: Knowing What to Do When it is Time to Leave

This article is the third in a series, which focus on domestic violence. In the first article, I described some of the common characteristics of an abuser’s behavior and why you may not see the abuse coming. The… Read More

Neuroplasticity for Brain Health: How The Brain Works to Improve

Exercise is good for your brain, but what kind of exercise should you do? What effects do various types of exercise have on your brain? Researchers at the University of British Columbia recruited 86 women between 70 and… Read More

A Toxic Brew

Children of alcoholics can suffer the same levels of trauma as combat soldiers. It’s a trauma they carry with them throughout their lives. Approximately 45% of Americans have been exposed to alcoholism in the family and 26.8 million… Read More

Trauma and Resilience: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger?

We’ve all heard the saying that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Is it true? Researchers from the University of Buffalo recently looked at traumatic experiences to find out if they actually make people psychologically stronger. They… Read More

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Other Traumatic Events

Disasters can be sudden, unexpected, and overwhelming. Even if there are no physical injuries, there can be a serious emotional toll. How can you help yourself and your family recover? First, take time to adjust and mourn your… Read More