Trauma

Dealing with Grief

Dear Dr. Nita,  I cannot shake the sadness of losing a cousin and dear friend who went out drinking and after an accident had complications and died at the hospital. We were very close and in my meetings, after the mention of it one time, I got no support for talking about it. I don’t… Read more »

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What You Need to Know About Mental Abuse

We are often so focused on physical and sexual abuse that we forget to consider emotional abuse, which is more difficult to identify when it is happening to our loved ones or to ourselves. Mental abuse can occur in any relationship among adults, in adolescent peer groups and in families. We need to become more… Read more »

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How to Break the Cycle of Child Abuse

At this point, I shouldn’t have to list off all the reasons spanking your child doesn’t work. It’s science, it’s proven, and we may as well be revisiting a discussion of whether the world is flat. If the damage it does to children’s spirits (not to mention their actual brains) isn’t enough to convince you, maybe it should… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Attachment Trauma and Effects of Neglect and Abuse on Brain Development

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes attachment trauma, and the effects of neglect and abuse on brain development.  Dr. Allan Schore: We’re also looking at the more understanding that we have now about normal development and normal attachments, secure attachments, we’re also looking at the other side of… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino on Traumatic Memories

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino explores the idea that traumatic memories do not spontaneously decay. Dr. James Garbarino: I think there are probably many origins on the influence of parents on children.  Some of it is the simple genetic influence that there’s some correlation between parental temperament… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino Talks about Resilience, Hardiness, and Compassion Toward the Human Experience

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino talks about how hardiness impacts an individual’s resilience. Well, I think, as I see it, there is resilience, which is a sort of description of a situation that a person has faced adversity and has been able to recover from it. … Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino on Connection Between Violent Men and Childhood Trauma

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino talks about how traumatic childhood experiences influence men’s actions as they grow. Dr. James Garbarino: I do a lot of work with men on death row and murder cases and imprisoned men. I’ve come to see them mostly as untreated, traumatized… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on What Drew Him to Study Trauma

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter Levine. Dr. Peter Levine talks about what drew him to the study of trauma. Dr. Peter A. Levine: I was being interviewed on this live TV program and they said, “Well, how is it that you’re so interested in trauma? You spent your life studying trauma…. Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on the Treatment of Trauma in Different Cultures

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter Levine. Dr. Peter Levine describes the treatment of trauma in other cultures. Dr. Peter A. Levine: As you can see, my journey went in many directions from animal behavior to studying some of the ancient yogic and shamanic traditions.  I taught at the Hopi Reservation for… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on Helping Children who Experience Trauma

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter Levine. Dr. Peter Levine talks about helping children who experience trauma. Dr. Peter A. Levine: Our organization, the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, has done a lot of work in areas where there have been tremendous natural disasters — earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes.  And we’ve worked with… Read more »

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