Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Keeping Steady on Life’s River of Stress
Michael S. Scheeringa M.D.
New advice on how to help children following a school shooting. Much advice found online is solid, but some appears impractical or counterproductive.
Five simple things you can do to take matters in your own hands.
Does a simple narrative explain many of life’s problems? Many trauma-informed care proponents are selling a narrative, not science.
Demystifying the obscure interviewing techniques of doctors and other clinicians: The “frame of reference” problem.
Clinicians miss the diagnosis in patients with PTSD approximately 90% of the time. Here are seven reasons why the diagnosis is under-recognized.
It is common to blame individuals for not seeking professional help, but it is likely not their fault. Mental health providers are more to blame for being poor at marketing.
If you have PTSD, when you talk about your traumatic memories, do you fall into the categories of Expressive, Avoidant, Undemonstrative, or Fabricated?
Claims that stress and trauma can be toxic and permanently change your brain are false. The real story of brain differences and the development of PTSD.
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?
Scientists and journalists make claims that stress and trauma are toxic to the brain, but the claims are based on flawed studies.
Back to the basics for understanding PTSD.
If you experienced a stressful event, is that the same as a traumatic event? The distinction is important, and one's beliefs about it may depend on one's motivations.
The different uses of the terms "trauma" and "traumatized" are confusing. Here's one way to think about them.
The model of relying on clinicians for best practices around stress and trauma deserves a polite burial.
Michael S. Scheeringa, M.D., is Professor and Vice Chair of Research for psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine.