I didn’t know much about trauma or PTSD until I met my best friend Wanda about five years ago. Like most people, I thought PTSD was a mental health problem mostly occurring among returning military members. I was wrong. I had no idea that people in large urban centers suffer from PTSD at higher percentages […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Many of our readers know the story of how my colleague, co-author and friend Wanda and I met. Long story short, we were strangers who lived on opposite sides of the country. Wanda was a radio producer, and I was an author. She booked me by email to be on her show, but following our […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A great article from the Huffington Post. PTSD is not just about military trauma. Read the full article HERE.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The following article is taken from U.S. News and World Report, written by Rachel Brody, featuring a newly released biography by Barbara Leaming. Jackie Kennedy has long been a subject of fascination for the American public. But after the brutal and very public assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy, the former first lady […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Some things parents never forget. Like the first time a mother holds her newborn child. Or the first time a baby belly laughs at a father’s antics. But when I think of our son’s early days, one unpleasant memory comes to mind. Our baby’s wince of pain when the nurse took him–bristling with drainage tubes, […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
The first week of December I was visiting my kids and grandkids in the Pacific Northwest for an early Christmas with my husband. On December 30, I was undergoing brain surgery for what had been diagnosed as a glioma surrounding my brain stem. Doctors considered my brain tumor to be inoperable because of the location. […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
Just before Christmas, I was diagnosed with glioma, located near my brain stem. I was scheduled for brain surgery five days later. Brain surgery to biopsy an “inoperable” tumor near my brain stem was not my idea of a fun way to spend my holiday. But I kept my focus positive and looked at the […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
This morning I made a bagel and eggs for breakfast. While I was toasting, buttering, and frying, the two lobes of my brain were working together to process my thoughts. During the normal course of life, the two sides of our brain talk to each other to make sense of the world. The left side […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
This is a guest blog post by our very good friend, author Mary Potter Kenyon. Enjoy! —————————————————————————————————– I have no doubt that by the end of March I will be able to look back on the first year after David’s death and see clearly just how badly I’ve actually handled so many things. Our Christmas […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Recently, retired Army General Peter Chiarelli endorsed the idea that post-traumatic stress disorder should be renamed post-traumatic stress injury. According to a December 2012 article in Time, General Chiarelli believes the term injury more accurately represents what does and does not happen in the traumatized brain. His recommendation has sparked controversy, with some experts claiming that the […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.