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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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

No wonder victims of sexual harassment keep quiet. It is time we supported them, rather than question them.
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Refugee Children Need Our Help

Refugees, including many children, from war-ravaged areas continue to flee. Psychologists can document, call attention to, and address to their trauma.
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MeToo: A Watershed Moment

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Collection of bold narratives from a range of writers, male and female, documents the social movement against sexual assault.
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Relief from Night Terrors This Veterans Day

By Kathleen Frazier on November 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
For veterans suffering from debilitating night terrors, a veteran's son has created an app to stop night terrors.

Training Our Vets to Treat Our Vets

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on November 09, 2017 in Mind Matters
Veterans are not damaged goods but rather individuals with a capacity to become exceptional healers

Bringing Music to Veterans

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Your Musical Self
In celebration of Veterans Day, let's peek at how music therapy is improving the quality of life of veterans in Atlanta.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

The Life of the Alienated Parent

Coping with the emotional trauma created by the experience of attachment-based parental alienation.
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Don't Become a "Casualty" of Terrorism

Understanding what terrorism is and how it works is the first step in avoiding becoming a victim.

Drug Overdoses are Leading Cause of Death for those under 50

By Kimberly Key on November 01, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Increased drug use has skyrocketed in recent years, bringing child abuse and abuse-related deaths.

Is Gut Microbiome a New Biomarker for PTSD Susceptibility?

By Christopher Bergland on October 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new international study involving both military and civilian institutions has identified a possible new biomarker for PTSD susceptibility based on gut bacteria composition.
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Nightmares and Things That Go Bump in the Night

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Exploring the scary side of sleep and dreaming.

Living and Loving Better

Some simple tools can help you see the big picture of your life.

Police Need Training to Deal With Mentally Ill Offenders

Police training can benefit both police and individuals with mental illness.
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Have You Lost Your Mind? Part 2

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on October 24, 2017 in Stress Relief
Claims that stress and trauma can be toxic and permanently change your brain are false. The real story of brain differences and the development of PTSD.

Open Your Mind: Merging Psychedelic Therapy with Sex Therapy

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Psychotherapist reveals current advances in psychedelic research and sex therapy.

Forgetting the False and Dangerous

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on October 23, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Scientists say that what zoos teach is "false and dangerous." An interview with educator Kiersten Cluster examines captive-held Elephant psychological trauma.

Why It Takes Years for Survivors to Speak of Abuse #metoo

By Sari Cooper, CST on October 23, 2017 in Sex Esteem
How can people understand the reasons sexual assault & harassment survivors make for keeping their abuse a secret? What impact does this experience have on their lives afterwards?

#WeBelieveYou

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on October 23, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
We may struggle to witness the sheer number of people who have posted #MeToo this week. Our responses to those disclosures do matter and can make an impact on the healing process.

The Kilgrave Effect: Why People Don't Report Their Rapists

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Recently the surge of the #MeToo hashtag made people wonder about why many of the sexual assault survivors do not report their perpetrators.

Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma

Spirit molecules: Allies for healing from Trauma.

The Sexual Confessional from Hollywood

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 16, 2017 in Minority Report
The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal is a very public reminder of a very private and shameful experience for victims of sexual abuse/harassment. But this abuse happens everywhere.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.
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The Las Vegas Massacre

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Cop Doc
Another tragedy affects us all, including police officers.

What Makes PTSD From Mass Killings and War Stand Out?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 05, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research shows how chronic trauma affects civilian populations.
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Las Vegas Massacre: Why This Hurts So Much

We were warned. We were told this could happen. Its has happened in the past. Yet, we are shocked. Many are devastated. We all mourn.
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Why the Vegas Shooting Happened

By Tim David on October 04, 2017 in The Magic of Human Connection
What could make somebody commit a massacre? More importantly, how do we respond?