There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Improving the Mental Health of War-Affected Populations
Kenneth E. Miller Ph.D.
Lessons from other refugee crises can strengthen our response to the mental health and psychosocial needs of Ukrainians.
Poverty is a major cause of psychological suffering around the world. To improve mental health in a powerful way, we need to reduce poverty, not just treat its effects.
Are you trying to solve a problem and just getting frustrated? Taking a break, what researchers call an "incubation" period, allows powerful insights to arise without effort.
Psychological interventions often explain suffering as due to internal factors, while overlooking social conditions that cause distress. How can we change this harmful practice?
Strong relationships, earned secure attachment, and a good person-setting fit are cornerstones of a good life, even if you had a rough start.
Mindfulness can lower stress, increase focus, and improve our wellbeing. It takes practice, though. Here are five strategies for getting the most out of your mindfulness practice.
Evidence-based therapies are getting very popular. But what does "evidence-based" really mean? A closer look at what we do and don't know about effective psychotherapy.
We still don't know why EMDR is so helpful, but its capacity to heal trauma is well-established.
Lockdowns to stop the COVID-19 pandemic have caused loss and pain. They have also led to unexpected discoveries: deeper connections to loved ones and to ourselves.
Social distancing and lockdowns are key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. But we must mitigate the harms they may cause to mental and physical health.
Part II: Social distancing is a vital tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19. But we need to mitigate the harm it may cause to mental and physical health.
From isolation and stress to family violence and a loss of rituals, we need to recognize and mitigate the effects of social distancing and lockdowns.
Overcrowding and a lack of clean water and soap leave refugees and asylum seekers especially vulnerable to Covid-19. But there are still steps we can take to help them stay safe.
Social isolation can be harmful. Let's aim for physical distancing while staying socially connected.
Understanding how people make sense of their suffering can help us bridge cultural differences, and create meeting points for powerful healing.
As major research findings fail to replicate, the science of psychology is facing a crisis of trustworthiness.
Distraction offers a welcome break from stress. It can also keep us from feeling fully alive.
Family of the disappeared are torn between wanting to grieve and feeling as though it's a betrayal to give up hope.
Ever wonder what it's like to work in war zones and refugee camps? Amidst the pain, there is also resilience, and courage, and persistent hope.
Distraction comes at a price. Here's a simple but powerful way to overcome it.
Want to strengthen your listening skills? Here's a simple but powerful tool.
Separating and detaining migrant parents and children isn't just cruel. It's profoundly harmful.
War Child Holland is testing an innovative approach to helping refugee children by supporting the wellbeing of their parents.
A shift in how we do research can help make findings more relevant to real-world practice.
A new report casts intriguing light on the impact of mental health interventions for refugees and others affected by war or disaster.
What are the mental health needs of children who become refugees on their own?
Experiential techniques can deepen our mindfulness practice and help us get unstuck from painful patterns.
Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.
Here's what we need to understand about loss and grief among people displaced by war.
Refugees can play a unique role as interpreters in psychotherapy. The work can take a toll, however.
Kenneth E. Miller, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at War Child Holland and a writer currently based in Amsterdam.