Healing Trauma

July 5, 2015

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Today, researchers are discovering new ways to help people recover. This hour, we explore how to cope with and learn from trauma.

  1. A Brief History of PTSD

    David Morris spent three years reporting in Iraq before an improvised explosive device forced him to return home. The attack haunted him, and kicked off a bout with PTSD that would take years to recover from. He spoke to Anne Strainchamps about the historical impact of PTSD.

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  2. Secondary Violence and PTSD

    In 2011, Mac McClelland was reporting on reconstruction in Haiti when she witnessed another woman's traumatic flashback. Just seeing the horror in that woman's face was enough to traumatize Mac. She tells Doug Gordon her resulting PTSD and the impact of secondary trauma.

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  3. The Positive Side Of Pain

    While trauma is often deeply isolating and painful to experience, there's a growing body of research that suggests there could actually be an upside to it. Journalist Jim Rendon tells producer Rehman Tungekar that resilence in the face of trauma is actually quite common.

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  4. Feeling Through Trauma

    Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is studying the healing power of helping people with post traumatic stress disorder focus less on telling their stories, and more on how their stories feel — how they sound, look, or smell.

    You can also hear van der Kolk's extended interview, including more on yoga and the neuroscience of trauma.

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  5. BookMark: The Argonauts

    Eula Biss recommends "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson.

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  6. The Science Of Skin Color

    Skin color is so loaded with assumptions about race and identity. But what should would make of racial distinctions like black and white? Are they actual scientific categories - or is the whole biology of race just a fiction? It turns out skin has its own fascinating history. Steve Paulson recently caught up with anthropologist Nina Jablonski to find out more about the science and history of skin color.

    You could read the entire interview in Nautilus Magazine.  

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