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Teen anxiety and stress in the Digital and Social Media Age

The anxiety and stress that all of us experienced and endured as teens is that same anxiety and stress, but, on steroids for today’s teens. All the insecurities about personal appearance, do they like me?, am I attractive?, the pressure to make grades in school, are now operating in the social media realm of Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Bullies, always present during the teen years, can do their work in cyberspace now, and do it anonymously if they choose. It...


PTSD and a family’s survival kit: Bent not Broken

Trauma has gotten increasing attention in recent years, and especially in cases where returning veterans come home to family and loved ones, with mental and often physical injuries that have changed them into someone hardly recognizable from the fresh-faced son or daughter who left for their first overseas deployment. In fact, it was an undiagnosed condition until 1980 when the American Psychiatric Society added it to their Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. My guest today, Anna...


PTSD and Toto to Rescue Once Again/Patriot Paws

In the Wizard of Oz, the Good Witch Glinda tells Dorothy and Toto, that this is land of great beauty, but, can also be dark and terrible. That is true of life and it can especially be true for a trauma survivor. Toto was the hero in the Wizard story, and you may be surprised at how “man’s best friend” takes on a special meaning with trauma survivors. Trauma comes in many forms, including cases of prolonged verbal and sexual abuse, rape, loss of a loved one, and of course, the one that we are...


Exiting the A.S.A.P. Lane Episode 2: Fix Your Brain/Fix Your Life

Today’s episode continues on the theme from the first episode--The Magic in the Brain. All the answers to dealing with the unprecedented level of stress that is part of life in the digital age lie here, and before moving on to other related topics, it behooves us to understand this critical point. Our guest Dr. Melanie Greenberg is very special to me. Her work and writings have had an enormous effect on my own understanding of this topic and her best-selling book, The Stress Proof Brain is...


Exiting the ASAP Lane Episode 1: The Magic in the Brain

Today's episode is about the Magic in the Brain - the TRUE path to Exiting the A.S.A.P. Lane. Alan Steelman is joined by Dr. Dianna Purvis Jaffin, Ph.D., PMP and Dr. Jenny Wright Howland, PsyD. Both women are from the Center for Brain Health, Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Dianna Purvis Jaffin is the Director of Strategy and Programs, while Dr. Jenny Wright Howland, PsyD is the Stress Solutions Program Manager. Dianna and Jenny are doing...