John Rigg, MD, is a professional musician who, in his forties, became a physician. In his work with trauma patients, Dr. Rigg has observed how the brain is constantly reacting to sensory information, generating non-thinking reactions before our intelligent individual human brains are able to process the event and formulate a self-driven response. His 28-minute… Read More How Trauma Affects Our Brain and Behavior
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder In a setting where “forgiveness” enabled abuse, the topic tends to be neuralgic, and that’s why this world-renowned scholar’s work in forgiveness is worth note. In 1999, Dr. Fred Luskin issued a call for participants in a series of studies for what became known as the Stanford Forgiveness Project. It was and… Read More The Stanford Forgiveness Project
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder * People often ask me for tips on finding a good therapist. It has been hard to find a single source for great info, until now. Recently I found an article that I’ll summarize below, with a link to the full article, and I’ll add a few topics here that arise… Read More Finding a Therapist Who’s Right for You
From Pandora’s Project, which is a resource for survivors of rape and child sexual abuse, Louise offers a powerful article about how, often, people in their forties, fifties and even sixties find that the past abuse becomes particularly difficult to manage – indeed, it may be only after 40 that many survivors even begin to… Read More Older Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Mary Beth Chapman with her husband, Steven Curtis Chapman, a famed Christian singer/songwriter, have been open about their struggles as a couple and their loss of a young son in a freak car accident. This article by Mary Beth Chapman relates her discovery of her clinical depression and her journey to manage the illness that… Read More Discovering Your Depression
Take a few minutes to review the latest information and basics of post-traumatic stress, as a refresher on what many survivors of abuse can face following abuse.
Summer days are ahead. Easier to be outside. Easier to exercise. Aching heart? Nothing like exercise or a pet to help out. May we suggest … a combo? Double-up!
From ACEs Too High, a blog about Adverse Childhood Experiences, here is something that most survivors of sexual abuse have a need for: “Dear Doctor: A Letter from a Survivor of Sexual Trauma to All Medical Professionals,: by survivor Carol L. Chandler. Because of the profound shame of abuse, the topic of how health care can… Read More Dear Doctor: Letter From a Survivor of Sexual Trauma to All Medical Professionals
The Epiphany is a source of grace and understanding for Christians, particularly Catholics who are unsure about those of us abused by clergy. Here are three reasons why. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by this brief read to rethink how you relate to survivors of abuse who are … Read More Fellow Travelers
Excerpt for our Christmas 2017 Issue Seasonal Affective Disorder: Diagnosing and Treating a Seasonal Blueness HELPGUIDE.ORG Layered on top of many of our struggles with chronic psychological and physical illness, the holidays fall at a dark time of year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The shorter days and colder weather of winter… Read More Feeling SAD?