This week I talk with Kathy Russin, the Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Maine. She talks about the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among veterans, and explains that it is not limited to rape, and affects both men and women. She explains how MST is different from combat PTSD in its impact, and talks about the many ways it can make leading a normal life very difficult.
This week’s show is a conversation with Armenian-American photographer and filmmaker Nubar Alexanian. We talk about the film he is making with his daughter about their journey to their ancestors’ homeland, the site of the Armenian genocide which began in 1915. Nubar describes the legacy of silence that surrounds this genocide and the impact this silence has had on his sense of self and his place in the world. He also talks about how making this film has awakened deeply suppressed emotions in him, and helped him become proud of being Armenian for the first time in his life.
For more information about the film, visit scarsofsilence.com.
A conversation with Jungian analyst Don Kalsched about how he helps people work through trauma by exploring the feelings of the characters in their dreams. He explains that because these characters represent the ways our minds have compartmentalized feelings that have been too painful to acknowledge consciously, they can be clues that point us toward healing.
For more information on Don’s upcoming appearances in Portland, visit mainejungcenter.org
On this week’s show I talk with Lisa, who shares two dramatically different stories of telling co-workers about her depression. Her experiences highlight the contrast between a work culture that is supportive and one that stigmatizes, and all the consequences that has for the employee.
This week I talk with therapist and former orchestra conductor Susie Melnick about how depression has affected her work in both professions. We talk about the event that set off her first episode of major depression, one that she struggled with on and off for decades, and about the coping strategies that she used, until finally deciding she needed to change careers. We then discuss what it’s like to be a therapist while dealing with depression, and how her experience can be an asset when working with people who have the same illness.