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

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5 Ways to Deal With Anniversary Reactions

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Anniversary reactions are distressing and very real. Here's what you can do when anniversary memories are anything but silver or gold.

Childhood Sexual Abuse: Sexual Recovery Is Possible

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 15, 2016 in All About Sex
Myth: childhood sexual abuse is so traumatic that it ruins women for life. Truth: recovery is possible, and survivors can create deep, satisfying sexual relationships.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

Getting It Off Your Chest

By Eric Newhouse on September 13, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Julie Davey is a journalism professor who has been teaching cancer survivors and U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton how to write about their traumas as therapy.

The Terrorist Attacks of September 11 as Psychological Toxin

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 11, 2016 in On Call
…and their long-lasting and serious side-effects.

Never Forget: The Lasting Psychological Impact of 9/11

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 11, 2016 in Psych Unseen
We’re all survivors, but we’re all scarred.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

21 Common Reactions to Trauma

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
While everyone's reaction to trauma is unique, recovery can feel more manageable when we know what to expect in the aftermath—including opportunities for growth.

Deconstructing the Neurobiology of Resilience

By Christopher Bergland on September 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
How well do you adapt to stress? A new review deconstructs the underpinnings of resilience and offers clues for ways to make your brain more resilient to distress.

The Protective Power of “I’m Crazy”

Why and when trauma clients believe that they must be crazy.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

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

Although public awareness of PTSD has increased significantly over the past few years, there's still confusion surrounding the symptoms and treatments.