Helping Veterans with PTSD Using Yoga

We have come a long way in our efforts to treat PTSD and other psychological disorders. Some of the best information has come from veterans themselves. For example, after suffering from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, Army veteran John Thurman used his experience with yoga to help others, in a program that packs rooms. […]

Can You Thrive After Childhood Trauma?

Recovery from traumatic events is never easy. However, humans are amazingly adaptable. Unfortunately, survival does not mean thriving. A person can survive traumatic events and be scarred for the rest of their life. Trauma affects children particularly profoundly. Children do not just get over trauma; they live with the consequences for a lifetime. Children adapt […]

PTSD Basics

You have probably heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but may not know much about it. PTSD affects not only returning war veterans traumatized by military service, but many people who are exposed to terrorism, violence and natural disasters, shattering their sense of trust and safety. After a traumatic event, everyone experiences some stress symptoms. […]

Consequences of Teenage Drinking

An alarming number of young people are consuming alcohol nowadays, often binging on the weekends and combining drinking with drug experimentation. These risky behaviors are causing health problems with consequences that will have to be dealt with throughout their adult lives. I should know. I was once that teenage drinker turned alcoholic. As such, these […]

Entheogenic Substances Provide Hope for Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders and Crime Reduction

Not since the 1960s and Harvard Professor Timothy Leary, has there been such interest in the medical and scientific study of entheogenic substances. Entheogens, hallucinogenic substances traditionally used in shamanic rituals or to facilitate spiritual experiences, have long been used by folk healers to treat psychiatric problems. Later this year, researchers at Alabama University at […]

Getting Rid of Bad Memories by Returning to Shock Therapy

Researchers are currently experimenting with ways to erase distressing memories with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock therapy. Mental trauma, psychiatric disorders and addiction are some of the possible therapeutic uses. How does it work? Scientists once believed memory was permanently stored in our brains and although forgotten or replaced by new memory, could […]