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

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.
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Trauma-Informed Approaches: The Good and the Bad

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on September 17, 2017 in Stress Relief
Trauma-informed lens, toolkits, and approaches are all the rage. But how do these improve our lives, and how have they overreached into the undesirable sphere of truthiness?

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.

“Never Again!” The Psychological Fallout of Trauma

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
You're born with various survival programs (or defenses). Later, when you actually experience a serious threat, you acquire more defenses that can end up harming you.

What Does It Take to Survive Emotionally After a Disaster?

Disasters bring out a variety of emotional reactions. New research shows the importance of dealing with your basic emotions in order to insure your long-term emotional survival.

The Children of 9/11: 16 Years On

By Adam Gerace Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Knowing Me, Knowing You
Thousands of children lost a parent on 9/11. More than a decade-and-a-half on, their stories are emerging.

Traumatic Deliveries

Having a baby can simultaneously be the best and worst day of your life. When routine deliveries go south, PTSD symptoms can emerge.

Four Things Not to Do When You Feel Anxious

Trying to make the anxiety go away won’t work. Many of the common ways you react to anxiety are unhelpful and make things worse.

Trauma, Trust, and Time

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Trust
When trauma undermines trust, it's hard to see a brighter future.

Four Big Psychological Catastrophes We All Want to Avoid

By Kevin Bennett on September 01, 2017 in Modern Minds
Many residents along the Texas coast will be facing a long road to psychological recovery. Here are four types of loss to watch out for in the aftermath of disasters.

Beyond the Breath: The Promise and Perils of Compassion

Experiential techniques can deepen our mindfulness practice and help us get unstuck from painful patterns.

How to Approach Anxiety With Cleverness

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Ali wasn’t victorious because he was stronger or more athletic. After all, Foreman was in his prime. He was a 3-to-1 favorite. Ali was victorious because he was cunning.

10 Quick Tips for Panic Attacks

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
If you’ve ever had a panic attack or are struggling with anxiety, these tips will help you manage your symptoms and perhaps lessen your tension.
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After Charlottesville: Managing Life’s Traumatic Events

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 25, 2017 in Fixing Families
The effects of trauma are unique and often subtle, but the healing process following its own logic.

Moods for Overeating: Good, Bad, and Bored

We all overeat for different reasons.
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The Therapeutic Value of Horses

What is equine-facilitate psychotherapy and is it a good choice for you?

Dogs as Healers, Dogs as Co-Therapists for PTSD

How Dogs Can Facilitate the Healing of Trauma.

Barriers Prevent Soldiers From Seeking Psychological Help

Soldiers might face consequences for speaking up about mental health challenges.

Obstacles to Mental Health Care in Auto Accident Cases

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The New Normal
Battlefront Michigan for quality of life
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Have You Lost Your Mind?

Scientists and journalists make claims that stress and trauma are toxic to the brain, but the claims are based on flawed studies.

Identifying Challenges Effecting Veteran Mental Healthcare

Why are veterans continuing to struggle?

How You Can Use Self-Talk to Step Forward

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in All about Anxiety
“Whatever it takes, I’m going to finish this.” When you face a daunting task, that message doesn’t instruct you; it encourages you to push through resistance and continue on.

Resilience: Saying Yes to Life

How the right attitude can become a powerful resilience strategy.

How to Talk to a Vet

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on July 18, 2017 in Mind Matters
So many veterans feel distance and alienation from their civilian compatriots because they conclude that we really don’t want to know or can’t understand how they feel.

Six Ways To Beat Childhood Trauma & Stop Self-Sabotage

Recovery from trauma and growing beyond it can seem challenging and even impossible. Here are some potentially useful tools to begin to take the first steps.

New Study Links PTSD with More Gray Matter in Right Amygdala

Last year, scientists found that specific regions within the amygdala process positive or negative emotions. Now, a new study finds that PTSD is linked to a larger right amygdala.

Trauma Nation

The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.

Peace: The Best Prevention for PTSD

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
The best approach to reducing PTSD and suicide among military and veterans is to promote peace.
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What is PTSD Exactly?

Back to the basics for understanding PTSD.