The Riggs Blog
The Riggs blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the body’s physical and emotional response to extreme stress,” explains Dr. Christina Biedermann, staff psychologist at Austen Riggs Center. That stress is triggered by a life-threatening event, either a single incident, such as a car accident, or chronic trauma, such as military combat, abuse or chaotic relationships.
Since many of us at Riggs and in the Berkshires are periodic users of Metro North trains for travel into New York City, we have followed with great concern and sadness the tragic crash of a Metro North train in the Bronx last week. How awful that four died and so many sustained injuries that early morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims—including the engineer.
Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. This is the third blog in the series, written by Kim Winnegge, L.C.S.W.
As the holiday season approaches, thoughts often turn to year-end acts of charity. Janet Cooperman Hiser, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, describes what it means to donate to Austen Riggs.