war trauma

Politics
Back in the U.S., Pamela Benge, the mother of Alfred Alongo, killed in El Cajon, CA, said, "We came from a war zone, Uganda
Politics
If the skillfully employed force of the beloved community helps veterans of war, their families and children, and their providers to heal, it can similarly help survivors of violent loss in our neighborhoods. And law enforcement personnel whose stress levels are off the chart.
Politics
Working with thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families has taught me that war trauma -- be it abroad or a result of cumulative, traumatic, war-like violence at home -- operates like an IED blast.
Politics
War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.
Politics
It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.
Impact
I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.
Entertainment
Laurent Bécue-Renard's documentary "Of Men and War," which screened this past weekend at the Istanbul Film Festival, testifies to the grislier "truth" of war. It showcases the lasting horrific effect of combat on both those who serve and their families.
Impact
With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.
Impact
October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care in global humanitarian responses.
Media
How quickly we forget war's multidimensional and devastating costs. How thoughtlessly we label the crucial act of remembering as "blindness," and judge ourselves and others for our understandable weariness.
Impact
In the morning, Mike found the officer's card in his pocket. Next time, call me, it said in a scrawl on the back. Anytime
The World Post
At a time when thousands of survivors of torture and war atrocities are waiting to receive the mental health care they so urgently need, increased financial support from the international community must be forthcoming.
Politics
The soldiers of Dagger Three Seven are riding sentry on a snaking line of freight trucks, the lifeblood of the U.S. military
Videos
Soldiers returning home from war often face a new battle: the mental affects of war. But are PTSD symptoms slipping into the lives of soldiers' families too? Joining the conversation are Dr. Amber Baker, Kateri Peterson and Fred Gusman.
Impact
The power of community and of multidimensional connectedness cannot be overstated. It is healing in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. It is good for all of us, witnesses to unspeakable tragedy. It inspires us to realize how precious our lives are, to realize that peace begins with us.
Wellness
In fact, it was I who never, ever has forgotten his face. I had, indeed, memorized it. I close my eyes and I can see him clearly after almost 45 years. I had the privilege of being with him in his last hours.
Wellness
Meditation is mobilizing attentiveness on purpose. What we pay attention to grows, like watering a newly-planted tree. As we use this capacity for awareness it grows stronger, a kind of meditative muscle.
Wellness
We're all given the gift of awareness. Mindfulness is cultivating this potential of ours. It develops our ability and our willingness to experience directly what's going on within and around us: the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.
Impact
The heart and soul of military service is a sense of team, of community, and the love for and of one's buddies. They are also the royal road to healing the unseen injuries of war.
Impact
"Cheer up and think positive" is not the way forward. It takes the loving heart of community, skilled steady helping hands, and the courage to paddle, for us to experience real post-traumatic growth and to come back to life.