PTSD: Is It Different for the Military?

(DGIwire) – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, according to the National Center for PTSD, a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The National Center for PTSD also notes that about seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point […]

How to Recognize and Help Someone With PTSD

(DGIwire) – Recognizing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a friend or family member is the first step toward getting them the treatment they need. Knowing about the range of available options for care is the next vital step after that. Here are a few important questions and answers to keep in mind […]

The Cost: Compassion Wins Over Power 3 to 1

  (DGIwire) — What is more important to voters: Power or Compassion? A New York City audience recently made its voice heard by decisively voting for Compassion. The votes were cast just before a reading of The Cost, a stage play written by Aquaila Shene Barnes and directed by Barbara Montgomery, at the BMCC Tribeca […]

HEIRLOOM: A Romantic Comedy Debuts

(DGIwire) — With tomatoes still at their most delicious, Heirloom, an aspirational romantic comedy series about a young woman who rediscovers herself after inheriting a small plot farm in Sonoma, is now available on Vimeo. It’s a heart-warming journey back to small town life and simple pleasures. Inspired by the experience of co-creator and series star […]

Show Your Appreciation: Pre-Push and Push Presents for Mom!

(DGIwire) – Push presents are more popular than ever—but what about pre-push presents for mom? Pregnancy isn’t all glowing skin and fuller hair. In fact, according to WebMD, many women experience a handful of negative side effects including nausea, vomiting, hemorrhoids, backaches, stretch marks and more. Dads all over are giving moms gifts to commemorate […]

Being a Giver or Taker: What’s Better?

(DGIwire) — Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Life, as they say, is all about “give and take.” There is a time to give and a time to take, and the right balance of both is key to success. Arguably, sometimes it is […]

What Low Numbers of Overseas Adoptions Mean for Children Worldwide

(DGIwire) — For decades, American couples looking to adopt a child have set their sights overseas. Whether they are unable to conceive a child of their own or are passionate about providing a home for a child who doesn’t have one, American couples have relied on countries such as China, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Haiti to […]

Time to Speak Out Against Violence Toward Children

(DGIwire) — For many of us, the word “family” conjures up feelings of safety and stability, images of warm meals and holiday celebrations, and feeling supported during hard times. And while even the happiest of families may experience their fair share of conflict, if there’s a strong bond, reconciliation is usually possible. Domestic and sexual […]

Beware: These Are Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire)   Nobody intends to become an addict…but it happens.  Often, opioid addiction begins from good intentions. Imagine:  It could start with some kind of accident that results in severely broken bones. Maybe the surgery goes well, but the surgeon suggests that the patient stay in the hospital for a little while, just to ensure proper healing. However, the patient is in […]

Voices of Opioid Dependence: Giving Family and Friends the Power to Hear

    (DGIwire) — “I wish my family understood how hard recovery is. They didn’t understand what a difficult time period it was for me. I felt they were questioning me, ‘Why don’t you just stop? Can’t you just put the drugs down?’ People don’t understand, it doesn’t just work like that. It’s not something […]

The Emotional Impact of Divorce on Children and Adolescents

(DGIwire)  For children, divorce is a traumatic event that impacts every aspect of their lives. The breakup of a family also impacts relationships with extended family, and often the security and stability of their homes, neighborhood and friends; divorce disrupts their entire world. The ability for children to adjust to this profound life-changing event, and […]

Overcoming the Psychological Challenges of Transnational Adoptees

(DGIwire) – As if being adopted weren’t enough of a strain on a young person’s psyche, recent research from the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs—and reported in The Korea Herald—adds some sobering extra insight. According to the study, six in 10 Korean transnational adoptees have sought treatment for mental conditions, while 68.2 percent […]

The Divorce-Grieving Process for Children and Adolescents

(DGIwire)  For children, divorce is a traumatic event that impacts every aspect of their lives. Some studies report that the distress produced during a divorce rates almost as high as the death of a parent. The ability for children to adjust to this profound life-changing event, and the skill in which they are able to […]

Adoption: Isolation, Challenges and Hope

(DGIwire)   All teenagers struggle with feelings of isolation and the challenge of creating a strong identity. But for teens from Asia, Africa and South America who are adopted by American families, the feelings are especially acute. Many of them feel their past prevents them from integrating fully into their new family and new culture. Some yearn […]

To Shed Light on Eating Disorders, a Versatile Actress Takes the Spotlight

(DGIwire) All actors and actresses crave dramatic roles, but few have had a chance to intervene in the real-life drama affecting their audiences—like the millions of Americans with eating disorders. One who is doing so is Paten Hughes, an American who trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London as well as Washington […]