Monday, August 29, 2016

The teacher asked her fourth-graders to sit in a circle and rate their feelings from one to 10.

Christopher Bland clenched his fists. He ripped a piece of paper to shreds. As his classmates spoke, he rocked back and forth.

Tonia Rowe-Russell made a mental note: Keep an eye on this one, usually so smiley, eager to please.

He stopped writing during...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Pella, a court house facility dog with one of the children that has helped with her training. Presley Johnston 11, was the state’s first in 2012 when she joined the 18th Judicial District. Having a therapy dog with them on the stand can help children feel safe and that they are not alone.

The teenage girl walked into Sungate Kids chil...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When longtime former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed suit July 6 for sexual harassment against the network’s former boss, Roger Ailes, the public response was less than kind. There were expressed disbelief and rebuttals that she was fabricating her story in retaliation for being fired.

Many asked: If it was so bad, why didn’t s...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I grew up in an abusive home. Due to that and the sexual abuse I endured, I had very low self-esteem. I have always been skinny, but not fit.

I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself after I graduated from high school and to really try to heal and overcome. I was tired of just existing; I wanted to feel alive. I remember when I was in high school it took me...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is being treated in new ways, many of which are actually old ways being rediscovered. A new generation of war veterans and others need this treatment after being impacted by the disorder following various traumatic events. Doctors are rediscovering that treatments and therapies don’t have to be complicated or invasive to...

Monday, August 15, 2016

A FEW MONTHS ago, I received an email from a stranger, a 55-year-old Irishman and father of four who has been living in the US for half his life. “I’d like to tell you my story,” he said.

In the past year I published Little Witness, my debut poetry collection drawn from my experiences growing up in an industrial school in the Irish midlands. Since then many p...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. —Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs came under heavy scrutiny for poor service across America.

Long lines meant a number of veterans died while they waited for treatment. Since that time, the agency underwent major changes.

On Thursday, the Lake Baldwin facility, now run by the state, reopened its domiciliary.

"Today is a very...

Monday, August 8, 2016

A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us. We not only lose our words, but something happens with our memory as well. During a traumatic incident, our thought processes become scattered and disorganized in such a way that we no longer recognize the memories as belonging to the original event....

Friday, August 5, 2016

Policing is undoubtedly a stressful occupation, with officers often facing potentially traumatic situations. They may be exposed to disaster, hostage situations, sexual and physical assaults, shootings, mutilations and death, or face threats to their life.

As a result, police and emergency services workers have elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder...

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