Trauma: A Broken Alarm System

Trauma is often misunderstood. If you or someone you know has experienced trauma, it’s important to understand that it’s not just something that “happened.”   People who are traumatized can’t just “get over it” because it’s not only a story of… Read more »

How to Get Your Fear to Back Off

Amy Eden Jollymore, an adult child of alcoholics and long time writer on the subject, dives into ways to get unstuck from fear.  She believes if you start with the small stuff, you will develop the courage to tackle bigger… Read more »

Trauma: Why Can’t I Just Get Over This?

If you are asking yourself that question months or even years after a difficult event then it is time to take a closer look.  Terrible things can and do happen to good people and can continue to lead to strong… Read more »

Pet the Lizard

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a playful look at how we all can benefit from “petting our inner iguana” to calm our brains – and reduce fear, anxiety and trauma.   I’ve always liked lizards. Growing up in the outskirts of… Read more »

Who Says Our Dysfunctional Parents Did the Best They Could?

You all know this phrase.  It makes me want to scream whenever I hear it, these days at least:  They did the best they could. I just asked my spouse what he thought of the term, what it really means,… Read more »

Resilience and the Brain: Managing Emotions and Overcoming Trauma

Emotional and psychological resilience determines how well a person can handle stress and adversity.  Aside from genetics, there are numerous factors that contribute to the development of resilience including nurturing early relationships and a positive self concept. According to Linda Graham,… Read more »