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. 

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Recovering From Trauma and Its Obstacles

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By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
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Veterans Resource Centers: “Déjà Vu All Over Again!”

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By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on February 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
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I Wanted to Be Superman. I Failed.

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“The Noise in Your Head” Video Series

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How X-Men Helped Me Recover From PTSD

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

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