Aziz Ansari, 100 French Women, "Witch Hunts" and Backlash

It dawned on me that a crucial piece has been missing from the public discourse about #MeToo: the hard-earned knowledge of scientists who have, recently, studied sexual harassment
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The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 2

I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 1

I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 2

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.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 1

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.

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.
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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.
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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.

PTSD and the DSM-5, Part 2

A conversation with Dr. Matthew J. Friedman, founder of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth.
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PTSD and the DSM-5, Part 1

More than thirty-five years after the 1980 recognition of PTSD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the data are unequivocal: Today there can be no doubt about the validity of PTSD as a diagnostic entity.
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The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, Part 2

Last week, I interviewd Dr. Charles Marmar about the implications of his National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) and about his 40 year career as a PTSD researcher. Here is the second half of our interview.

The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, Part 1

Recently, I spoke to Dr. Marmar about the implications of the NVVLS study and about his 40 year career as a PTSD researcher.
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Prions, Memory and PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been described as a disorder of memory. It has become quite apparent that there are two types of memory in PTSD. The work of Eric R. Kandel forms the basis for much of what we understand about how memories are formed.
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Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 2

Two weeks ago, I posted part 1 of my interview with Dr. Murray Raskind about his pioneering work in the field of PTSD and the treatment of nightmares. Here is the second half of our interview.
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Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 1

"What Dreams May Come: Treating the Nightmares of PTSD" was a blog post I published in November 2013. It remains a very popular post, which continues to receive many views and comments. In light of this, on 5/22/2015 I interviewed Dr. Murray Raskind about his pioneering work in the field of PTSD and the treatment of nightmares.

The Case of Claire Underwood

Two weeks ago, I used the character of Frank Underwood as a “case study” to illustrate the misunderstood psychiatric diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder, and many of you asked: Well, what about his wife, Claire?

The Case of Francis Underwood

I always like to take the opportunity to explain misunderstood psychiatric concepts or diagnoses, and to clarify when a psychiatric term is used incorrectly or prone to misinterpretation. In today’s blog, I aim to do both of these things.

Violence Against Women

For those of us who work as mental health professionals and bear witness to the stories our patients share with us on a daily basis, it is apparent that violence against women is, sadly, all too common an occurrence.

The Complexities of Diagnosing PTSD

When I was in medical school, senior physicians would frequently usher a group of us students into a patient’s room so we might hear them tell the story of their illness. It seemed that the more classic the story was for a particular illness the more intense their ushering was.

Dealing With Psychological Trauma in Children, Part 3

This week, Dr. Carrion discusses the treatments and preventative interventions for children with PTSD, the factors that determine how these children will respond to treatment, and the future of the field.

Dealing With Psychological Trauma in Children, Part 2

This week, Dr. Carrion discusses how childhood PTSD differs from adulthood PTSD, the neuroscience of childhood PTSD, and common misperceptions regarding the impact of traumatic stress on child development.

Dealing With Psychological Trauma in Children – Part 1 of 3

What is the impact of psychological trauma on children? To understand more, I met with Dr. Victor Carrion, a Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

The Role of Social Media in Disaster Psychiatry

Can social media bolster the social networks of post-disaster survivors and, in turn, prevent the negative mental health consequences of exposure to disaster?

Hearing Voices

One of the greatest benefits of being affiliated with a major university is the opportunities that often arise to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Last year, I was invited, by Composer and researcher Jonathan Berger, to present at the seventh annual Music and Brain Symposium, which was held at Stanford University.

Using “Nashville” to Demonstrate the Truth About Flashbacks

I think it would be fair to say that most mental health professionals groan when watching how mental illness is represented on T.V shows.

The Latest and Greatest in Treatment for PTSD

I am frequently asked to talk about PTSD to professional audiences and, without exception, always get a post talk question asking about my experience with some experimental intervention that someone read about somewhere in a newsmagazine or heard about from the T.V.

PTSD and Coronary Heart Disease

Recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology presented findings which appeared to support what many of us who spend our days treating those living with PTSD long suspected: a fascinating correlation between the health of the mind/brain and its direct impact on one’s physical wellbeing.

What Dreams May Come: Treating the Nightmares of PTSD

A standard part of any psychiatric evaluation involves inquiring about a patient’s sleep. Hidden in the answers that follow the basic question of, “How are you sleeping?” are the clues that are needed to diagnose what is ailing the patient seeking help from me.