A Firefighter’s Story: Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

First responders have an incredibly tough job: their role centers on the task of bearing witness and responsibility for traumatic events. At the end of the day anyone with a conscience, or as Jay Davies calls it, “compassion”, would walk away carrying the burden of pain. This terrifically human firefighter joined me to discuss depression,… Read More

Do You Want To Hold Onto Your Trauma?

“Do you want to hold onto your trauma?” hardly seems like a fair question to ask a survivor in distress. It’s equal to saying, “You seem like you want to remain stuck emotionally.” Seriously? What survivor consciously wants to wallow in the pain for years and years to come? Secondary gains aside (which are compelling… Read More

Trauma & the NICU: Life After the Pain

Trauma and the NICU – – life after the pain begins with learning how to live life despite the pain. For parents of premature babies this is a significant topic as the original trauma can end only to be followed by enormous stress and further traumas as preemie babies struggle to survive. Watching your baby’s… Read More

One Thing That Breaks My Heart About Trauma

One thing that breaks my heart about trauma is this: How often I receive emails from or have conversations with survivors who have symptoms of posttraumatic stress and are told to “just get over it.”  Or worse, survivors (and I was one of them!) who say this to themselves: “Let it go already!” and then… Read More

7 Important Decisions In Trauma Recovery

7 important decisions in trauma recovery is actually a really small list — there are tons of important choices that you have to make in order to move from where you are today to where you can to be tomorrow. From balancing internal conflicts in PTSD and trauma recovery to finding your purpose in recovery you’re… Read More

Trauma & Caregivers: A View From the Other Side

We talk a lot about what happens to survivors during and after trauma and PTSD recovery, even including 4 top facts about how trauma affects your brain. No survivor, though, is ever completely alone. There are family, friends, or even compassionate strangers who witness the pain of survival and feel empathy and the urge to help.… Read More

4 Top Facts About How Trauma Affects Your Brain

4 top facts about how trauma affects your brain would have really packed some power into my recovery process! Instead, I bumped around in the dark thinking the problem was me and fearing there was no way to reduce my symptoms of posttraumatic stress and the distortions trauma caused. Luckily, I found my way to… Read More

How To Practice Mindfulness Like A Pro

How to practice mindfulness like a pro can be challenging when you’re struggling with symptoms of trauma and posttraumatic stress. Slow down? Be still? Acknowledge and accept your emotions? Be in the moment? Suspend judgment? Phooey! And yet, science has proven the benefits of mindfulness to include: improves well-being by focusing on here reduces the… Read More

4 Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

4 natural ways to reduce anxiety would be so cool to have the next time you’re feeling a little jangly, wouldn’t it? Well, today’s episode delivers just that. My guest, co-Founder of Anxiety Slayer, Shann Vander Leek, came ready to rock the mic with her personal experiences of anxiety (including one that occurred this morning!),… Read More

How To Treat Depression: Advice From An Expert

How to treat depression is a huge topic for trauma survivors. Surviving a life-changing event can leave you feeling shocked, powerless and fearful, which can lead you to feel despondent, hopeless and sad. What do you do then? Knowing the signs, symptoms, reason and treatments for depression is the first step to making the choices… Read More