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 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.

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?

Pushing Forward by Not Living in Fear After a Violent Attack

How do we, as humans, process fear after a violent attack while overcoming the obstacles of terror and loss through the power of resilience and compassion?

Tragedy in Las Vegas: Strategies for Psychological Healing

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Strategies for psychologically processing and helping others through this difficult time.

7 Steps To Go From Dysregulated Emotions To Clear Thinking

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
When distressing experience triggers emotional instability, it can be challenging to get back on track. The TARGET model provides a seven step approach to use when overwhelmed.

Coping with the Psychological Trauma of a Mass Shooting

Traumas like the mass shooting in Las Vegas take us out of the apparent normalcy of our lives—shattering our assumptions about living in a safe world.

Watching Violent News Video Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Viewing of violent news video, like mass shootings, increases your chances of developing anxiety, depression, and can trigger PTSD symptoms.
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Support Kids Who Lost A Loved One In The Vegas Mass Shooting

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
A new book and tips to support the kids who lost a loved one in the Las Vegas Mass Shooting.

The Hidden Effects of Respiratory Diseases

Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are more common in people that have lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

Feeling Guilty About Feeling Bad

You may have heard, "things could have been worse," or "that's what you get," after experiencing a trauma. Your feelings are always valid, no matter what others tell you.

Does Couples Therapy Promote Good Sex?

By Marty Babits on September 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
What makes couples therapy sexy? Does it help promote good sex? And how does it approach the issue of sexuality? The answer to these questions may surprise you.

For National Gay Men's HIV-AIDS Awareness Day 09/27/2017

By John-Manuel Andriote on September 27, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Thirty-six years since HIV first began killing gay men, it's high time to re-think why we are still its main targets.

Montel Williams, PTSD and TBI From Auto Accidents

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in The New Normal
New technologies offer great hope for human pain and suffering.
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Challenges In Veteran Mental Health Care:

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 22, 2017 in The War Within
Veteran disability rating system: what you should know.
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Tips and Books to Help Kids Recover From the Hurricanes

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Helping includes providing safety, getting children back to school, and creating stability in their lives.

Trauma Exposure Linked to PTSD in 911 Dispatchers

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Emergency dispatchers are often exposed to duty-related trauma.

Post-Hurricane Stress, Anxiety, Recovery, and PTSD

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Two major hurricanes and a destructive earthquake occurred in the past week. Are you feeling the stress?

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.

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.