Monday, July 31, 2017

PET images indicating higher mGluR5 receptor availability in an individual with PTSD vs. a healthy comparison participant.

A study of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University — has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder...

Friday, July 28, 2017

(Image Credit: Megan Skelly/Flickr)

A new study outlines which coping strategies work best for stressed children and teens.

“Chronic stress is bad for adults, but it is particularly troublesome for children…”

The study is a meta-analysis of more than 200 coping and emotion regulation studies that included more than 80,000 young people. Learning effective ways t...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Charlene Sarraf, a certified life coach at Scottsdale Recovery Center demonstrates what an EMDR session looks like. (Photo by Lauren Marshall/Cronkite News).

SCOTTSDALE – Traci Temple St. John suppressed the trauma of her childhood for years. Adults said they loved her, then physically and sexually abused her, she said.

Then, at 50 years old, she found the bod...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Trauma Heart (Paperback)

We Are Not Bad People Trying to Be Good, We Are Wounded People Trying to Heal--Stories of Survival, Hope, and Healing  - Buy it here:

The majority of people addicted to substances or process addictions such as relationship disorders, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, gambling or pornography a...

Monday, July 24, 2017


Wondering where that random muscle pain is coming from? Take a look at your stress levels. According to experts, stress is much more than a mental issue—it can manifest and get stored in your body, causing serious physical problems.

What is stress?

Stress can be caused by all types of situations, whether it be work-related problems,...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

When you enter recovery, you are stating to the people around you, the world, yourself and the Universe that you no longer wish to be active in your addiction. You are ready for a change. With that change, you accept the responsibility – the work on self and holistic shift – that accompanies it.

In other words, you’re ready to do your part. This requires more...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Photo By Capt. Charles An

DES MOINES, Iowa – A handful of Army Reserve Soldiers were on mats ready for a physical training session. Instead of being in the front-leaning rest position, or push-up position as most military physical training is known for, they were arching their backs and learning to control their breathing.

Spc. Dakota Trogdon, human resource...

Friday, July 14, 2017

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A life-changing trauma can shake you to your very core. The death of a cherished loved one, seeing combat, a bitter divorce, being a hostage, a disfiguring accident, brutal rape, torture, witnessing someone’s murder and more, can leave the victim with deep-seated emotional scars, what today is known as PTSD. How can there possibly be an upside? I...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The method is being used in Dallas, a year after a gunman killed five officers. (Reuters/Jonathan Bachman)

After a US army veteran killed five police officers in Dallas last year, the department turned to a new method of dealing with stress on the job: the practice of mindfulness.

Mental-health experts and law-enforcement brass began thinking about how to resp...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Navy veteran Michael Dowens relaxes with his service dog Emery, but the Holmdel resident doesn’t always feel this calm.

“I feel like I’m stuck in a time period that I can’t get out of. Anything can trigger it, smells, anniversaries, dates, sights,” said Dowens.

Dowens is talking about PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — something he’s struggled with for an...

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