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Dr. Lee Pachter gives introduction to ACEs and Protective Factors ["Another Thing" with Larry Mendte]

Representing the Philadelphia ACE Task Force and Drexel University , Dr. Lee Pachter, pediatrician, shared an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the difference between healthy stress and toxic stress in childhood, its impact on lifelong health and well-being & the universality of ACEs in so many of our children's lives. He also discussed the protective factor and buffering value for a child that unconditional love and support from an adult - parent, teacher or neighbor...

Do Some Trauma Survivors Cope by Overworking? [TheAtlantic.com]

The link between traumatic experiences and the development of addiction has been well-documented . Edward Khantzian, who originated the self-medication hypothesis of substance abuse, writes that “human emotional suffering and pain” and an “inability to tolerate [one’s] feelings” are at the root of addiction. People may use alcohol, drugs, or gambling to numb or control distress, low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression. But there is virtually no empirical research on the potential link...

The Type of Postpartum Depression No One Talks About [Health.com]

Postpartum depression is recognized and understood today more than ever before, thanks to advances in research and public awareness campaigns. While the stigma around the disorder isn’t entirely gone, many new moms who might have once suffered in silence are reaching out for help—and speaking out about their experiences. But women aren't the only group that can be affected by postpartum depression: New dads can struggle with it too. Fathers don’t suffer from depression in the same way, or at...

Trump’s Refusal to Acknowledge Far-Right Extremism Isn’t Just Wrong — It’s Dangerous [PSMag.com]

In April of 2015, Robert Doggart was arrested for allegedly planning to destroy a mosque in the town of Islamberg, New York. While he lacked weapons, the New York Daily News reports that Doggart “allegedly went on right-wing online forums and openly talked about using AR-15 assault rifles to attack Muslims because he believed the small upstate community was an extremist training camp.” Despite Doggart’s convictions, there is no evidence to suggest that Islamberg, a Muslim-majority community...

Racial Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable [PSMag.com]

The racial bias that ProPublica found in a formula used by courts and parole boards to forecast future criminal behavior arises inevitably from the test’s design, according to new research. The findings were described in scholarly papers published or circulated over the past several months. Taken together, they represent the most far-reaching critique to date of the fairness of algorithms that seek to provide an objective measure of the likelihood a defendant will commit further crimes.

How to Dialogue through Successful Conflict Resolution [PsychCentral.com]

Relationships are hard work and in order to create healthy communication patterns, one must learn to have successful conflict resolutions. Many times you might find yourself at a communication impasse and feel increasing frustration. It’s common to feel as though there isn’t a way around it and just to escape the conflict or to react negatively to it… but there is a better way. Inter-personal conflicts are normal occurrences in relationships, work situations and anywhere you find someone...

America Has Never Not Had a Childcare Problem [PSMag.com]

“What do you do for a living?” I dread that question. It forces me to face the reality that I am living a life that I had never dreamed of for myself. I define myself as a researcher and a writer. But I spend the majority of my time being a stay-at-home parent and the primary caregiver of my two young children. It is hard to reconcile the fact that, despite my Ph.D., my days primarily consist of changing dirty diapers, washing bottles, cleaning messes, and simply being “mama.” I know what...

We Are All Perfectly Imperfect!

I’d like to thank all the readers of my new book, Journey to the Heart , who have sent messages and emails. I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it so much, and it has helped you move forward on your healing journey. That was my intent! After reading it, several have asked wonderful questions. Some I have responded to privately. Others I have posted as discussions in my closed Facebook group. But I felt this question should be the subject of a blog post. It’s an important issue for us. What do I...

African Women Drum Away the Trauma [SDVoice.info]

For Marta, joining Rwanda’s first female drumming troupe, Ingoma Nshya — a co-operative formed 10 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi — has helped her cope with the trauma of losing her husband in the killings. Ingoma Nshya means a new drum or new kingdom. This link will take you to the full story: http://sdvoice.info/women-drumming-away-the-trauma-of-rwandas-genocide/

World Peace Library from Inner to International ~ Creating a Culture of Peace

There is a new narrative of peace quietly and powerfully emerging around the world – one rooted in ancient wisdom and accelerated by modern science and technology. In the past few decades, there has been an exponential growth of personal and planetary peacebuilding initiatives, including: More people are meditating today to experience inner peace than ever before in the history of humanity. Scientists are validating the benefits of ancient meditation practices and are proving that humans are...

Five Ways Science Says to Handle Difficult Times (uplift.com)

Even for the relatively self-aware and emotionally adept, struggles can take us by surprise. But learning healthy ways to move through adversity — a collection of skills that researchers call resilience — can help us cope better and recover more quickly, or at least start us heading in that direction. Here are 12 resilience practices (squeezed into five categories), which can help you confront emotional pain more skillfully. 1. Change the Narrative 2. Face Your Fears 3. Practice...

Stress Impacts the Brain Increasing Risk for Heart Disease (mindful.org)

Chronic stress has long been linked to cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. New research published in The Lancet suggests that heightened activity in the amygdala, the brain’s emotion processing center, may increase cardiovascular disease risk. This opens the door for new studies of alternative therapies including mindfulness meditation that are known to increase relaxation and stress resilience , and decrease known modifiable heart disease risk factors like hypertension, high...

The Meaning of Blight [CityLab.com]

This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands , and what we squander, discard, and fritter away. There’s a difference in what President Donald Trump prescribes for restoring “ the middle class ” and fixing “ the inner city .” Each of those demographics are, respectively, stand-in terms for the white small towns and suburbs that voted for him , and the black urban neighborhoods that didn’t. In both cases, he calls for bringing back jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and...

Why Aren't Trauma Survivors Warned that Parenthood May Be a PTSD Trigger (www.triggerpointsanthology.com)

For many survivors of childhood abuse, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may re-occur, or never arise, until they become a parent. A significant number of parenting survivors do not recognize the increased depression, anxiety, or onset of flashbacks as symptoms of PTSD, weaving in and out their journey to raise a family. Instead, many will internalize debilitating shame and question their ability, and even their right to parent. According to the National Center for Victims of...

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