PTSD in the Military: An Interview With a Military Wife

In order to better understand what soldiers are going through, I interviewed the wife of a veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD.

Holiday Stress: How to Manage It

The holidays are a great time to relax and spend time with family and friends, but many people find themselves being stressed out during this time.

The Role of a Psychologist at a Disaster Site

When a disaster happens, disaster sites are set up to assist people with their immediate needs. Psychologists go to these sites to assist people with their emotional needs-to provide Psychological First Aid. They provide help by talking to people and answering questions they may have about their situation. They may also help people understand their emotions and reassure them that their emotions are normal. Specifically, what do psychologists do when they offer support at a disaster site? Here are a few duties they may fulfill:  

Stressed? Write About It!

In this crazy world of fast food, fast driving, and fast living, people are constantly looking for ways to decrease their stress level. Tools such as relaxation training, exercise, yoga, and therapy have all been proven to help people reduce stress. But there's another way to beat stress, and it may be as easy as obtaining a pencil, a pad of paper, and 30 minutes of free time.

Coming Home From War

Returning to "normal life" after being in a war zone is seen by too many as a quick and painless transition. In reality coming home can be quite difficult for those experiencing it.

The Anatomy of Fear

Fear is an emotion we all experience at one time or another, and its effects are important to understand when talking about disasters.

Resolve to Be Ready

Research suggests that about one-half of us will experience, in our life time, an event so traumatic, so disastrous, that it will meet criteria A for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Knowing that fact, then why is it that most of us do not prepare for disasters?

Developing the Survival Attitude: Part 3 of 3

Parts 1 and 2 of this post gave several helpful tips on how to think in a disaster situation. This part reviews two important topics: understanding how disasters happen and how your behavior affects disaster situations. Here are a few tips for acting productively in a disaster.

Developing the Survival Attitude: Part 2 of 3

Part 1 of this blog gave several ideas on how your way of thinking can work for you in a disaster situation. This part will continue with more tips on perfecting your "survival attitude."

Developing the Survival Attitude: Part 1 of 3

A person's attitude has a lot to do with his or her chances of survival in a disaster. Here are some tips for productive ways of thinking that can assist you when disaster strikes.

Resilience in the Face of Rough Times

Resilience is someting that most people need to make it through the rougher times of life.

Children and Disasters

Disasters are upsetting for everyone, but particularly for children. Probably one of the most important factors in determining how a child adapts to a disaster relates to how the child's parent or other caregiver responds. Let's take a look at some ways children react to disasters and discuss some suggestions on what we, as parents, can do to help.