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Trauma Can Affect Anyone

When someone has experienced a trauma, their reaction is sometimes, “I never thought this kind of thing would happen to me.”  We generally don’t like to think about the horrors of trauma. It’s heartbreaking and damaging. So, even when we see others experiencing...

Trauma Really Affects Children’s Brains

What do you think of when you hear the word “trauma”? In medical speaking, serious injury is often called “trauma,” such as head trauma from a car crash.  But mental trauma is very real, too. Our brains aren’t just like arms or legs -- they control every aspect of how...

Fear, and When It Becomes Harmful

Your knees are shaking. You cover your eyes and are breathing fast. It’s clear that you feel afraid. When we think of fear, our first reaction is probably a negative one. After all, who wants to be afraid? Why would we want to feel weak and helpless, or endangered?...

Don’t Expect a Quick Fix

Healing is a process that takes time. It’s important for the loved ones of men who are healing to understand that. Maybe you imagine your guy smiling and acting in healthy ways days from now. That’s not going to happen. Trauma happens quickly sometimes, but healing...

Why Children Thrive off Face-to-Face Interactions

When kids reach preschool age, at around 3-6 years old, they start to build all kinds of skills. These include intellectual skills, physical skills, and -- importantly -- social skills. Children begin learning how to interact with others, independent of their parents....

An Often-Overlooked Cause to Your Child’s Tantrums

When we think of being afraid, we think: sweaty palms, freezing up, shaky hands. But maybe you haven’t considered what anxiety looks like in children -- and that it can manifest as tantrums. Your child is whining and inconsolable. After you put her to bed, she keeps...

When Stress and Sickness go Hand-in-Hand

Almost 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. When I started feeling sick, waiting for a diagnosis was excruciating. I was both anxious to get the results, and scared of what they might be. My family knew just as little as I did, and they were in a lot...