For those survivors, family members and others who wrestle with symptoms of depression or other chronic mental illnesses, some common-sense tips from others who manage chronic mental illness can be very helpful. For those providing pastoral care, these tips are especially helpful because they support good mental health care approaches but also offer an overview… Read More Tips for Dealing with Depression
Do you know where to send someone who turns to you in need as they suffer from the temptation to commit suicide, from abuse or coerced labor? This list helps you have answers. Keeping these numbers handy now means we understand the holidays can be rough – and we’re ready to help anyone who leans… Read More Emergency Numbers
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