I was a pale, skinny child. Pictures of me at five and six show a thin, fair tow-headed kid. But several years later the pictures changed. I began putting on weight shortly after our next-door neighbor abused me. I don’t remember how old I was at the time. I do remember I didn’t tell anyone […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Trina was born addicted to heroin, although she didn’t learn why drugs “called her name” until she was in her thirties. Her parents were addicts and alcoholics, and domestic violence was creating stress in her tiny body before Tina was even born, releasing a barrage of adrenaline, cortisol, and other fight-or-flight chemicals into her developing […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terrorist attacks. School shootings. Racial injustice. Politics. Is that story in the news robbing you of sleep at night? Even though you know better, do you find yourself needing to read every article, blog post, FB post or Twitter post about the story and its horrible aftermath? Are you obsessively watching ongoing coverage and/or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You know the feeling. Its that stone cold fear you have in your gut when you realize that family commitments and obligations have your back to the wall. The important people in your life rightfully expect you to be fully present when family and friends gather for the upcoming holidays. Thing is, you’re unprepared for the ‘heart […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The following report was released in New America Media: Health showing the relationship between childhood trauma and chronic disease in adulthood. This report is of particular interest to me because it so closely mirrors the medical history of a very dear friend who suffered childhood abuse. Her history of adverse childhood experiences is profound, and, unfortunately, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today is Veterans Day here in the U.S. – the anniversary of the end of World War I and a day to honor U.S. military veterans and victims of all wars. Veterans Day events across the country will spotlight the very best of the human spirit displayed during war: courage, service and a willingness to sacrifice their […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In his book Why: The Question that Never Goes Away, author Philip Yancey describes the devastation of the March 11, 2011 Japanese tsunami. “On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast of Japan for three to five minutes… “Then came the wave. A wall of water, first taking shape far out in the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My kids were five and seven the day we were rear-ended on a busy street. Although I didn’t connect the symptoms to the accident at the time, my children both showed signs of PTSD for months afterwards. I wish I’d known more about trauma at the time. One in ten children will continue to suffer […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This week trauma comes to the forefront of our national awareness again as we watch the Colorado fires rage. Most people think of childhood trauma in terms of tragedies that are covered in the national like the Sandy Hook shooting, the Oklahoma tornadoes, or three Ohio girls who were abducted and held in captivity for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.