What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event, such as physical violence or military combat. Those suffering from PTSD have recurring memories of the stressful event and are anxious or scared even in the absence of danger. Flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms as well. 

Recent posts on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Study: Some PTSD May Result From Blast Concussion

By Eric Newhouse on July 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers find a distinct pattern of scarring in the brains of soldiers who experienced concussive blasts and believe they may have caused post traumatic stress disorder.
Josephine Ensign

Writing Through Trauma

On writing and living through complex trauma.
My Own Photo

Where Have All the Lifeguards Gone?

Do you need some extra support in your child abuse recovery process?

Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 3

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 3 of our interview.

6 Myths About PTSD We Need to Stop Believing

Although public awareness of PTSD has increased significantly over the past few years, there's still confusion surrounding the symptoms and treatments.

Trauma and Sleep: Disorders

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Why can't I sleep? Psychological trauma may be the answer.

Trauma and Sleep I

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Psychological trauma has been an unfortunately common aspect of human history. One of the major impacts of trauma is the disruption of sleep.

Critical Incident Stress Reactions from Violent Crime

Exposure to traumatic events have both short-term consequences and long-term impact but recovery is possible

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 2

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 2 of our interview.

Outlaw immigrants? Then No Baklava for Trump!

Lawmakers should abide by the laws they create. Let’s have guns at the GOP Convention and no free healthcare for Congress.

Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love

For these kids, the human/dog bond really does lead to hope and healing.

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 1

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research.

When Tiger Leaps

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Bear in Mind
Not unthinking killing machines. Not running on pure, raw instinct. Not a myth. The captive Tiger captures our attention, demanding an answer: Why?

Acute Incident Stress Is Disruptive. Get Back to Routine!

A "critical incident" is any event that has significant emotional power to overwhelm usual coping methods.

The Four Domains Impacted by a Traumatic Man-Made Event

Acute traumatic stress response, PTSD, anxiety, crisis reaction, violence, rear, terrorism, situational stress.

"In the Wake of Trauma"

Mass fatality in the community, trauma mental health, acute traumatic stress response, critical incidents, mass murder, anxiety and trauma, fear response to trauma. PTSD.

How Trauma Can Lead to Positive Change

Discover how suffering can lead to three types of positive change. Test an exercise to help make those changes happen.

"Violence Expressed Through Mass Murder"

An epidemic of growing proportion and concern in American society.

When Parental Choices Have Fatal Consequences

Preventable illnesses among children lead to distress and shame in parents

Who Will Save Us From Rape on Campus?

Who will save us from rape on campus? A college chaplain responds to the Brock Turner case and the epidemic of campus sexual assault.

Why Are Some Soldiers With Combat Stress More Resilient?

By Eric Newhouse on June 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers in San Diego have found genetic differences in two groups of combat vets—those with PTSD and those without it—that may explain why some are more resilient.

A Letter to Therapists 2: Finance Language Lessons

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 06, 2016 in In Therapy
“If you knew my income, my debt, my bad decisions, my cover-ups, you definitely wouldn’t like me.”

Why Are We All So Worked Up in the US?

What's happening in America? Why are we so stressed out? Let's have an honest look into why we suffer from pessimism and anger out-bursts. The truth shall set us free...
Anthony Mancini

The Trouble With Post-Traumatic Growth

Can trauma make us better? We may not be the best judge.

After a Crash: The Worst Mistake a Fearful Flier Can Make

Imagining the unimaginable releases massive amounts of stress hormones, and feelings of high anxiety, feelings that become pre-associated with future flying.

12 Thoughts For Moving Past Betrayal, Trauma and Rumination

In order to let go you might have to dig into your mind and understand what holds you back. This is one person's painful story of separation and realization.

Last Season’s Director on War, PTSD, Healing and Filmmaking

The Last Season, a documentary about two men with PTSD who become unlikely friends, gives insight about relationship, trauma and healing. Here's an interview with the director.

A Letter to Therapists: Beware of Financial Stress

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 30, 2016 in In Therapy
Despite all of our research and experience, the field of psychology continues to ignore an issue hidden in plain sight.