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.
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.