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

Unexpected Effect of Dreaming on Fear Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Your brain is busy while you sleep.

Trauma, PTSD, and Memory Distortion

One of the cruelest aspects of PTSD is that traumatic memories intensify over time, contributing to its progressive nature. This phenomenon may have once had value for humans.

Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.

Focus on Older Adults: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 16 - 22 is Older Adult Mental Health Week. Depression, elder abuse and substance abuse/addiction are compromising the health and well-being of our older adult population.

The Neuroscience of How We Intentionally Forget Experiences

Researchers at Dartmouth College have pinpointed how we remember, and forget, both good and bad memories.

From Nail Polish to Post-Traumatic Growth?

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You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

PTSD: How dogs can help

Addicted to Romantic Suspicion

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When you are absolutely 100% sure he or she is cheating, and you are absolutely 100% dead wrong every time.
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Three Health Conditions We Need to Talk About

Talk with them about it; a small thing like checking in on someone to see how they are can mean the world to a person dealing with a stigmatized disorder.

Killing the American Hero, Killing the Fair Trial

When defense claims "not criminally responsible," courts must adopt a holistic view of insanity.

Inside the Psychological Care for Refugees in Germany

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The Changing Faces of Trauma

By Arieh Y. Shalev on April 21, 2016 in Unraveling Trauma
To develop a serious discussion about trauma and post-traumatic psychopathology we need to overcome our addiction to diagnostic criteria, else we will continue to err.

An Incredible Alternative to Mindfulness You Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 19, 2016 in Feeling It
Does meditation make you anxious or mad? The good news is that you don’t have to do mindfulness meditation. There are other ways to reach inner peace—backed by science.

Talking Out Military Sexual Trauma

By Eric Newhouse on April 18, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Jennifer Sluga told the VA's "poet-in-residence," Thor Ringler, about her sexual abuse so her VA caregivers would understand her concerns, but it became a liberating experience.

Violent Video Games Can Trigger Emotional Desensitization

A new study has identified that playing violent video games repeatedly can desensitize players to emotional feelings of guilt.

All Psychotherapy Is Feminist

Every contemporary therapy is feminist therapy or it is unethical and unapproved.

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

Researchers have pinpointed how mindfulness triggers brain changes that can help people—who are “stuck” in a rut of repetitive thinking and rumination—turn off negative thoughts.

Don't Let Your Feelings Become Infected

By Rubin Khoddam on March 31, 2016 in The Addiction Connection
Our minds can get infected as easily as our bodies. When we let our feelings fester and never address the root cause, a psychological infection occurs.

Nightmares After Trauma

By Michelle Carr on March 30, 2016 in Dream Factory
At least half of PTSD patients suffer from intense nightmares that replay a traumatic event. How do these differ from normal nightmares, and how can we treat them?
PTSD and Its Relationship to Eating Disorders

PTSD and Its Relationship to Eating Disorders

It is estimated that at least 30% of all eating disorder sufferers have been sexually abused. Eating Disorder symptoms replay the trauma.

Why Canine Companions Are Good for Our Health

Why is canine therapy so healing? A prescription for comfort and companionship.
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Why Torture Doesn't Work

Do you think torture is a good way to probe the long-term memory circuits of the brain? If you do, why do you?

The Trauma Searchers, Gabor Maté and Ted Cruz

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2016 in Addiction in Society
As social trauma festers and grows, people magnify hurts to their detriment.

Minimize Your Response to Disaster and Terrorism

Here's how to prevent terrorism from terrorizing you into depression.

An Oral History Program to Tell Veterans' Stories

By Eric Newhouse on March 22, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Thor Ringler, the VA's "poet-in-residence," spearheads a pilot program of taking oral histories from vets. It's been so successful that the program is being copied around the VA.

Running Through Trauma

By Guest Bloggers on March 15, 2016 in The Guest Room
Trauma is a complex human experience, and no one treatment will work for everyone. Running, however, may be a holistic, gentle and accessible approach to moving through it.

Rejection Hangover: Abandonment Anxiety

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The Need for Voice

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on March 05, 2016 in Bear in Mind
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Srebrenica Massacre Continues to Haunt Victims

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Psychiatry And Antipsychiatry

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 22, 2016 in Saving Normal
The tense battle between Psychiatry and Antipsychiatry makes no sense and distracts from the joint advocacy needed to end the shameful neglect of our most vulnerable citizens.