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PTSD is a Physical Injury – Nan Herron, MD Explains

Today’s show is all about the brain and what happens to it when it’s exposed to trauma repeatedly. Dr. Nan Herron, a real medical doctor, and I sit down and talk about why people want to drop the D in PTSD and replace it with an I – because it’s not a disorder, it’s an injury. Like a real, physical injury to your brain. Remember we had on Paula Siddens, the CHP officer who had a serious head injury from crashing her bike, and how almost all of her symptoms were the same as PTS? Dr. Herron spells it out in language that even us firefighters can understand. In her private practice she specializes in working with first responders. She has lectured and taught workshops throughout the USA and in Haiti, Fiji and Kenya. She is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Santa Rosa Hospital, California.

Feelings of Inadequacy

Do you struggle with feelings of inadequacy? If so, in this episode, Life Coach Lisa A. Romano will help you understand why. Feelings of inadequacy can fuel our need for perfection and cause us to suffer from anxiety as well as drive our propensity to abandon the self for the sake of keeping others happy. If you ever felt inadequate, this episode is for you.

191 – Allison Staiger – Rage And The Emotional Labor Of Parenting

Given the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade, honest insight into and support for modern-day parents or child caregiving are more necessary than ever. Although recorded weeks before the ruling, this conversation seems incredibly prescient. 

Allison Staiger, LCSW, is spiraling. “Have you heard of that term before? Spiral-linear?” she asks. I hadn’t but given her definition, it’s a concept I’m down with. “It’s where you’re still moving forward but there’s lots of cycles and you kind of cycle back. Things die and then are reborn.” 

Makes sense given Allison’s current physical and emotional “birthing” process. She’s deep in the process of relocating her life and fierce feminist care practice from Metairie, LA, to Chicago. Highwire Therapy supports new, expectant, hopeful, and grieving parents, helping them process perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, loss, birth trauma, caregiver burnout, infertility, and the general OMFG of becoming a parent. 

The Matriarchy, her nascent coaching practice, is a shame-free space in which folks can rage against the mom-chine (well-played, Allison!), assisting clients in liberating themselves from the mommy complex. Parent or no, Allison challenges all of us to get in touch with our righteous anger and, honestly, there’s no time like the present. Circle back to your Divine Feminine and give the patriarchal system of oppression a big middle finger.


Allison Staiger, LCSW, is the founder of Highwire Therapy, a psychotherapy private practice, and The Matriarchy, a feminist coaching practice. As a licensed clinical social worker certified in perinatal mental health, she works with new, expectant, hopeful, and grieving parents, offering support for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy and infant loss, birth trauma, caregiver burnout, infertility, and the general holy shit-ness of becoming a parent. Fed up with the insufficient and oppressive norms and narratives in our current culture of caregiving, she created The Matriarchy to help parents socialized as mothers partner with their radical, rebellious anger, and channel it into fierce feminist care.

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210:Pitching The Episode With Forbes Riley

How do you sell yourself as a person or as a businessman or woman? That question will be answered because I interviewed Forbes Riley, AKA The Pitching Queen. I met her virtually at a virtual summit and in person at a podcast convention in Orlando, Florida. The reason why I had to have her on the show is that she is a motivational speaker and I was moved by not only her business tips but I was also moved by her life. The woman you will hear is not the same in 1968. As she said, “I was a shy and awkward kid with a tongue twister who had a tough time fitting in.” Let’s all hear how she went from a shy kid to a queen.

Want to Feel Great? Help Someone Else

Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul, and today I’m going to share a couple of stories from our newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Your 10 Keys to Happiness. This book is a passion project for me and the synthesis of everything I’ve learned in 14 years as editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul, reading tens of thousands of stories from people who bare their souls and talk about what works and what doesn’t work in their lives. I’m excited to share some great examples of what DOES work in this new collection, with ten chapters of ten stories each that cover what I see as the ten keys to happiness. You can read these stories and pick up some great ideas for your own life. And what’s cool is that you can make a big change in your life by just adopting what you’ve learned in one story. You don’t have to do more than that to feel the difference.

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EP 564 Is America Falling Behind China?

It is very hard to typify what America’s relationship is with China.  We are economically co-dependent and yet we’re competitors.  Some say we’re frenemies in the world; yet others say be realistic and recognize that they are adversaries, growing into potential enemies, based upon their growing defense posture and designs on Taiwan.  And when we do business with Chinese companies are we actually dealing with an increasingly aggressive and controlling Chinese Communist Party?  As consumers we must admit that while we like the low prices, there may be a high price to pay in propping up this regime and limiting jobs opportunities in the United States.  I told you this was complicated.  Our guest, Isaac Stone Fish, author of ‘America 2nd’ has lived in China over the years and understands the subtleties of the relationship in its many forms.  He clearly draws a distinction between the actions of The Party and the culture of the people and one of the world’s oldest civilizations.  He also provokes us to think about what each country wants from the other and the unwitting help that many influential Americans have given China as they accept the money and prestige that their dealings with the country may provide.

Rage and Restlessness – High Level Narcissists' Close Companions

The high level narcissists is always boiling over with rage at some level. One incident real or invented takes him/her over the top and the malevolent projections begin.  They are directed mainly at his spouses and children. These unconscious projections cause their recipients great emotional pain. Volley after volley come out of their mouths. They are unstoppable. Fulminating is one of the narcissist’s frequen activities. Being the child of a high level narcissist unsettles every nerve in your body. You are living in a war zone. Bombardments of volcanic rage are coming at you. Living under these circumstances as a small child is bewildering and traumatizing.

Along with the chronic rage is the high level narcissist’s restlessness. The minds of these individuals are never still. They jump from one activity to th enext, conjuring their plots and plans to make sure that they remain superior to everyone else. When they are not scheming, they ar running about these individuals are never still. They jump from one activity to the next, conjuring their plots and plans to make sure that they remain superior to everyone else. When they are not scheming, they are running about buying, spending acquiring power and material largesse. 

You become the newest source of narcissistic supply: adulation, praise, social status. You make them look so good. 

There is a time of deep insight for you in rediscovering the pathways of the true, original, creative self. Practice self care each day.  You are moving forward with the winds of transformation and creativity at your back. 

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Autism: Dispelling Myths

Join Dr. Matthew Fisher, MD here to help professionals, parents, and educators better understand typical health, environmental, and behavioral myths that are common in the Autism population. Information challenging these myths along with tools on how to effectively deal with a person on the Autism spectrum will be presented from a psychiatrist’s perspective.

 Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. He serves as Medical leader of Springbrook Autism’s Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism.  

Ep 357 – Myra Fordham

In this episode I speak with Myra Fordham, Australia’s #1 Trauma Coach for Women whose wakeup call was surviving a physical assault by and ex-partner that left her with Traumatic Brain Injury and her recovery from that and how that led her to becoming a trauma coach.

10 Shattering Signs Your Partner is Having an Emotional Affair

“Oh, we’re just friends.” You want to believe that, but how do you know if it’s true. Here’s how to tell if that “friendship” IS emotional infidelity, an emotional affair, and/or just plain cheating. Don’t be fooled. See & believe these signs!!!It’s tempting to believe them, especially because then you don’t have to feel the feelings or take action. BUT, doing so is unhealthy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EPISODE:What an emotional affair really isIs it cheating?Why Hijackals (relentlessly difficult people) are often emotionally unfaithful10 BIG differences between “being friend” & having an emotional affairWhat emotional infidelity looks and sound likeThings people say when they’re actually cheating emotionallyI’m here to helpLet’s talk soon.RhobertaIntroductory session for new clients,only $97FOLLOW DR. RHOBERTA SHALER…WEBSITE: https://www.EmergingEmpowered.comPODCASThttp://www.SaveYourSanityPodcast.comNEWSLETTER: http://www.HijackalHelp.comFACEBOOK————————————————————-I‘M HERE TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ABOUT IT!If you want to learn more, share, ask questions, and feel more powerful within yourself and your relationships,join my Emerging Empowered Community now.Off social media, safe discussion + videos + articles + webinars + 2 group Ask Me Anything calls + a monthly Sunday Seminar, AND online Emerging Empowered Journals with prompts each month!WOW! Join now. Dr. Shaler’s Emerging Empowered Community #emotionalaffair #emotionalinfidelity #emotionallyunfaithful #emotionalcheating#emotionalabuserecovery #emergingempowered #relationshipincrisis #personalitydisorders#signsofemotionalabuse #amibeingabused #toxicrelationships #narcissist #hijackal #emotionalabuseSupport this show See for privacy and opt-out information.


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