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Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and media psychologist. She is a renowned author of ten books published by Simon & Schuster, William Morrow, John Wiley and self-published.

Her book’s focus primarily on building resiliency, parenting, family dynamics, multiculturalism, co-parenting, male-female relationships and diversity. Her educational  background includes a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, a second Master’s and a Ph.D. in Clinical School Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Dr. Darlene has been in private practice for more than 25 years, treating post-traumatic stress disorder, vicarious PTSD, depression, suicidality and anxiety disorders.  She is also recognized as a clinical expert in the reintegration of military personnel back into family and community, as well as helping the family with deployment cycle adjustments.

Dr. Darlene is an expert consultant on television talk shows, including Good Morning America, 20/20, Anderson Cooper and numerous others. She was also employed as an associate professor at Hampton University, as well as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

She has also worked with Mattel Toys as a Consultant advising on the development and promotion of  positive play products; was a Consultant with Nickelodeon Television Network and participated on the advisory board of Child magazine.

Her most recent position was with the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury specializing in PTSD. Dr. Darlene also consults for universities, Fortune 500 companies, community action agencies, hospitals, schools and child guidance clinics.

Her practice, Dr. Darlene (, is a wellness and psychological consulting firm for individuals and corporations. The practice provides work force strategies and team building skills that help organizations develop their employees’ health and wellness, with the belief that the implementation of psychological approaches, which focus on holistic health, leads to a more productive work force and accelerated performance. Her practice also offers very popular and well-respected workshops.

Dr. Darlene has endured difficult times in her private life, much like many of us, but was sorely tested when she went through a very traumatic – and very public – experience that threatened to destroy her family.

Although Dr. Darlene shares parts of this very personal story throughout her book, Blooming Again – Weathering Personal Storms and Growing Resilient Families to demonstrate how her family’s resiliency was tested and strengthened through this very challenging time, this book, and Dr. Darlene’s specialty, is really about building your resiliency to help carry you and your family through whatever crisis life brings to your doorstep.


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4 thoughts on “Get Well Wednesday: The Truth About PTSD

  1. Disabled Vet Mom on said:

    I worked at VA so I’ve seen PTSD. I also remember thinking the police in B more suffer from PTSD since thugs have taken over the city. I called the police on Section 8 idiots and the police were so aggressive especially the white male officer (two black females were with him) against me. He forgot I called him? After that incident I packed my shigady and got the h@ out of Bmore. Life has been so much better in the county!

  2. I enjoyed the Doctor Darlene’s comments and information on post traumatic growth. As someone who has worked in a field full of traumatic experiences, I would love more information on how to move past being stuck in the trauma to a place where i can grow past the trauma. Please invite the Doctor back to say more about this. Thank you

  3. BEST description I’ve heard of PTSD! I cannot even imagine what our brave Service Members go through. It certainly puts the average person’s issues in perspective. Thanks for a great wake-up call!

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