Expert And Real Family Members Tell How Families Deal with Trauma And Post-Traumatic Stress

Top Quote Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life changing condition that affects not only the survivor, but also the family. Thursday September 1st, a new episode of 'Your Life After Trauma' will highlight expert and survivor family members testimony on just how to deal with the trauma, survive it, and even thrive. End Quote
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (1888PressRelease) August 27, 2011 - Families experience enormous stress in a time of trauma. Relationships are tested while each individual deals with his personal trauma response. This week 'Your Life After Trauma' will feature Casey Smart, LCSW, & PTSD parents Gary & Eileen Rosenthal who will share about 'How Families Deal with Trauma'. The show airs Thursday, September 1st at 7pm EST, on Seaview Radio (95.9AM/106.9FM/960AM) and streams online at Call in with your questions: 877.960.9960.

    According to Michele Rosenthal, host of 'Your Life After Trauma', "Families don't get much attention during or after a trauma, but the weight of the experience affects them incredibly hard. Learning how to cope and sustain each other can be critical to how a family moves through a trauma and on with the rest of life."

    'Your Life After Trauma' brings weekly support and information to trauma survivors, plus their caregivers and healing professionals on Thursday nights from 7-8pm EST, on Seaview Radio (95.9AM/106.9FM/960AM) in southeast Florida (and streaming live online) ( Your Life After Trauma provides resources, inspiration, hope and specific actions to help anyone learn to formulate a recovery plan, access healing potential and apply personal strengths to post-trauma recovery.

    Featuring expert and survivor guests focused on topics related to the experience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and post-trauma life, 'Your Life After Trauma' future topics include:

    September 1st - 'How Families Deal with Trauma'
    September 8th -- '9/11 Tribute'
    September 15th -- 'PTSD Siblings'
    September 22nd -- 'PTSD Caregivers'

    Each show features a professional and personal perspective, plus spontaneous call-ins so that listeners can ask their questions, talk to an expert, and receive personal recommendations around specific issues.

    For more information about 'Your Life After Trauma', visit:

    This week's guests will be:

    Michele's parents, Eileen and Gary, offered her tremendous support both during and after her trauma, and then through over two decades of PTSD. They are very excited that their daughter is now a whole lot nicer to be around, laughs more often and more genuinely, sleeps through the night and can be depended on to follow through with family plans and events. Most of all, they are ecstatic that Michele has found peace inside herself and freedom from PTSD. They are most proud of the fact that no matter how bad things got they never gave up on her.

    Casey Smart is an LCSW and the Clinical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Program at Columbia Hospital. Casey says, "I've been a passionate about helping others since I was a young child growing up in a family of 7. My siblings and I learned to take care of each other. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from University of California, Berkeley in 1980 and my Master's Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University in 1986. I hold a License in California and Florida as a LCSW. Currently, I am the Clinical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Pavilion at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach. My work with Trauma Survivors has been in Hospital, Residential and Intensive Outpatient settings with children, adults and adolescents in the most acute phase; helping patients and their families to stabilize the crisis and develop a plan for immediate intervention and safety. I believe everyone has had trauma in their life and experienced symptoms of trauma therefore can benefit from learning coping strategies and healing."

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a wholly treatable condition that results from a life-threatening experience in which the trauma survivor felt helpless. PTSD symptoms include insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing, hyperarousal and hypervigilance.

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