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

Have I Been Traumatized?

By Arieh Y. Shalev on August 30, 2016 in Unraveling Trauma
Survivors' narratives teach us about shaping the consequences of trauma.

Sea of Sadness

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on August 20, 2016 in Bear in Mind
For elephants in India, epic social changes are bringing hardships and hope.

CIA Torture Techniques Harm Interrogators As Well

Torture used as an interrogation device can have severe, long-lasting effects.

Pets on the Couch: Do Animals Need Freud and Pfizer?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Animal psychiatry is a rapidly growing field and Dr. Nicholas Dodman's new book called Pets on the Couch is a must read for all who choose to share their home with another animal.

Exercising Your Way to PTSD Recovery

Physical remedies such as intense exercise may help those suffering from PTSD.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb about MST, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape. Here is Part 2 of our interview.

My Soul Needs More Than a Sound Bite

By Julie K. Hersh on August 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
A walk in the woods provides a welcome alternative to the news.
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Enough With the Trauma Reductionism!

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Psychology as a field has veered too far towards a social constructionist lens, placing too much emphasis on the effects of trauma, especially when it comes to sexuality.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb, L.C.S.W., about Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape.

How Trump Supporters Can Avoid PTSD

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 01, 2016 in Just Listen
If after putting all your trust, believe, confidence and hope in Trump, that he turns out to have duped you, you will be worse off than you were before.

The Importance of Our Time Perspective

We are all responsible for our actions – and our reactions. But equally important are our inactions, the action we chose not to take...

Could School Cause PTSD?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
For some, school is joy, for others okay, for others, a decades-long trauma.

Study: Some PTSD May Result From Blast Concussion

By Eric Newhouse on July 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers find a distinct pattern of scarring in the brains of soldiers who experienced concussive blasts and believe they may have caused post traumatic stress disorder.
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Writing Through Trauma

On writing and living through complex trauma.
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Where Have All the Lifeguards Gone?

Do you need some extra support in your child abuse recovery process?
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Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 3

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 3 of our interview.

6 Myths About PTSD We Need to Stop Believing

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Trauma and Sleep: Disorders

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Why can't I sleep? Psychological trauma may be the answer.
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Trauma and Sleep I

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Psychological trauma has been an unfortunately common aspect of human history. One of the major impacts of trauma is the disruption of sleep.

Critical Incident Stress Reactions from Violent Crime

Exposure to traumatic events have both short-term consequences and long-term impact but recovery is possible
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Cortisol and PTSD, Part 2

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 2 of our interview.

Outlaw immigrants? Then No Baklava for Trump!

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Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love

For these kids, the human/dog bond really does lead to hope and healing.
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Cortisol and PTSD, Part 1

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research.

When Tiger Leaps

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Bear in Mind
Not unthinking killing machines. Not running on pure, raw instinct. Not a myth. The captive Tiger captures our attention, demanding an answer: Why?

Acute Incident Stress Is Disruptive. Get Back to Routine!

A "critical incident" is any event that has significant emotional power to overwhelm usual coping methods.

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Acute traumatic stress response, PTSD, anxiety, crisis reaction, violence, rear, terrorism, situational stress.

"In the Wake of Trauma"

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