The Common Effects of Complex Relational Trauma

"Relational trauma" is a term used to describe the aftermath of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, or abandonment within a relationship. Experiencing childhood abandonment can affect how a person sees themselves and the type of relationship they believe they "deserve." Adults who experienced childhood relational trauma commonly trace the origins of their...
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Viewpoint: FMLA denial not required to have violated employee’s rights

An employee worked for his employer for 27 years, during which he periodically took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). He retired and then filed a lawsuit against his employer after a conversation with his employer’s FMLA manager who allegedly discouraged him from taking more FMLA leave. On appeal, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana) clarified that an employer can violate the FMLA simply by discouraging, not actually denying, an employee from exercising his rights under the FMLA.
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Virtual reality therapy helps treat PTSD, cognitive impairment

Imagine, if you will, having the power to temporarily escape your current reality for a virtual one. While this might sound like an introduction to Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone, our story of U.S. Navy Reserve veteran Sharon Thompson has a happy ending. “Virtual reality puts me in...

Heated exchanges in Parkland shooter trial jury selection

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – “I would be lying to the court and I would be lying to myself.” In the afternoon panel, two potential jurors said they now believe they could not be fair and impartial. One said hard to set aside the severity of case and the number of lives altered.

Pandemic Created Combat Like Trauma for Pharmacists

The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of health care workers, including pharmacists and pharmacy staff, has been well documented. When I was the state executive in South Carolina, I would visit about 20 pharmacies a week. As I was waiting to meet with the team at each community pharmacy, I watched each member of team run back and forth to answer phones that did not stop ringing with calls from patients and providers, service the drive-thru customers, arrange for minute clinics as well as patient counseling, and take care of dozens of patients waiting in line for COVID-19 vaccines and/or testing.

The U.S. is reckoning with its troubled past of Indian boarding schools

When the U.S. federal government began its Indian Boarding School Initiative in the mid-19th century, the goal was clear: to erase Indigenous cultures through a process of forced assimilation. Now, the head of the Department of the Interior hopes to address the generations-long fallout from those policies. On Wednesday, Interior...

Jodie Bielman: Learning about PTSD is first step in helping veterans get treatment

June is national Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone remains committed to assisting veterans and military families affected by the condition. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about PTSD and how to access treatment, with June 27 serving as National PTSD Awareness Day. According to the National Center for PTSD, 7 to 8 percent of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lifetime.

Traumatic Pregnancies Are Awful. Dobbs Will Make That So Much Worse.

When Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization leaked nearly two months ago, signaling that Roe was about to fall, I felt sick, both figuratively and literally. First, I thought of the faces and the stories of the women I had interviewed in abortion clinics in three states, for various articles and documentaries. I felt shaky, thinking about what would happen to women like them now, women who often had other children to support.

PTSD: It’s Not What It Used to Be

The creation of the PTSD diagnosis in 1980 increased research, provided legitimacy to those suffering from symptoms, and increased awareness. As the PTSD diagnosis has evolved over the years, however, it has become increasingly nebulous. Emotional trauma related to war is a constant; our ability to provide the best services...