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The Ghosts Within: A Journalist’s Struggle With PTSD

After 13 years covering the U.S. war on drugs in Colombia, an investigative reporter begins a new journey with his family—learning how to live with an invisible illness.

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Understanding Trauma Is an Important Part of Every Sexual Violence Story

To have a better conversation about the problem, within college football and beyond, we need to examine how trauma affects the brain. The Jameis Winston case works well for this.

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When Children Witness Violence at Home

Without interventions, youngsters exposed to toxic conflict in the household can carry scars throughout their lives. Here are some innovative ways to help the most vulnerable victims as the start of school approaches.

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AUDIO: ‘Black Lives Matter Is a Re-Humanizing Project’

A cross-generational conversation with a Black Lives Matter founder and a trauma doctor, who is trying to redefine public health in terms of human wholeness, deals with the culture and society the movement is trying to create.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

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‘The Inheritance of Trauma’: A Poem Explores How Suffering Leaves a Mark on Future Generations

Based on a study that posits that the children of Holocaust survivors may inherit genes altered by their parents’ trauma, Megan Collins’ poem beautifully ponders how to live with the tragic fact that “blood remembers blood.”

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Study Suggests Trauma’s Effects Can Register Across Generations

This could be the stuff of a scientific breakthrough: A research team out of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has published a study that points to the possibility that trauma sustained by one generation can actually be passed down, in a sense, to children and maybe even farther down the genetic chain. 

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Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

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Ex-Air Force Pilot Discusses Trauma From Remote Killing

Brandon Bryant flew predator drones from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on UAVs that attacked people overseas. His squadron was credited with 1,626 kills; he figures he’s personally killed 13 people, and his involvement has left him traumatized.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Simon Lewis on Traumatic Brain Injuries

A devastating and growing problem is explored in Michael Paul Mason’s riveting new book, “Head Cases.”

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Pentagon Sweeps 20,000 Veterans Under the Rug

Roughly 20,000 soldiers who aren’t on the military’s list of combat wounded have signs of brain injury, according to an analysis of Army, Navy and Veterans Affairs data conducted by USA Today. The Pentagon’s official tally of troops who’ve suffered brain trauma in combat is 4,471—one-fifth the total gleaned from military records.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


‘Mentally F’ed Up’ in Baghdad

In this episode of the outstanding Web documentary series “Hometown Baghdad,” Adel interviews his young brother and cousin, both of whom had just witnessed a gruesome killing. He is convinced the two young Iraqis already show signs of the psychological trauma that comes from growing up in a war zone.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush: Troops Will Stay in Iraq Past 2008

The president made the admission during a news conference, during which he uttered perhaps the most tone-deaf and asinine remark of his presidency: “Nobody likes war. It creates a sense of uncertainty in the country.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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