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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Is Our Nation Suffering From a Dissociative Disorder?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on February 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
There's a diagnostic feeding frenzy about the President, and every possible perspective weighing in on the debate. How about our collective psyche, though? What's up with that?

I Wanted to Be Superman. I Failed.

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
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By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in All about Anxiety
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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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Self-Driving Cars and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The New Normal
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By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in The New Normal
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Hope for Restavek Children in Haiti

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in To Heal and Carry On
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By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on February 08, 2017 in Bear in Mind
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By Christopher Bergland on February 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
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By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in The New Normal
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By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 01, 2017 in Reel Therapy
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By Richard Taite on January 27, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
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By Eric Newhouse on January 23, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
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By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 22, 2017 in Bear in Mind
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By Eric Newhouse on January 19, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
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By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on January 14, 2017 in The Puzzle of Love
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By Christopher Bergland on January 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
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By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in All about Anxiety
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EMDR and the Sleep Connection

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
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Transformation on the Battlefield

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Out of the Darkness
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By Jean Kim M.D. on December 16, 2016 in Culture Shrink
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