Sometimes, even people with extensive vocabularies are at a loss for words. Harriet Shawcross joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how traumatic experiences can interrupt our ability to communicate. Shawcross – who didn’t speak for almost a year as a teenager – is the author of “Unspeakable: The Things We Cannot Say” (Canongate Books).
In this photo taken Thursday, July 29, 2010, Gina, a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the U.S. military, joins Staff Sgt. Chris Kench on a sofa at the kennel at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq but months of door-to-door searches and noisy explosions left her cowering and fearful. After she came home to Peterson Air Force Base in June 2009, a military veterinarian diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ed Andrieski/AP Photo