PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Do you have a history of trauma (i.e., abuse, neglect, psychological or emotional chaos growing up, etc)? Trauma can include a host of experiences, too many to name here. But trauma is a powerful consequence of emotional and psychological chaos.
The former Royal Engineer, who had slit his throat, was locked in a police cell because there were no mental health beds for him anywhere in the county.
Retired Army Lt. Col. John Bechtol understands how important it is for veterans on college campuses to have access to mental health services. Even beyond considerations of post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, “there’s often just this sense of loneliness, a feeling of being disconnected from their classmates.” Real more…
As we focus on legislative solutions for Veterans Affairs reform, we need to be clear-eyed about the reality of veterans’ needs as much as about the narratives we intentionally or unintentionally are crafting. Read more…
When it comes to one of the biggest health issues facing vets — that of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder — there’s a lot more to be done.
Are you taking care of someone who seems to be against you? This can be the experience of taking care of a family member with post-traumatic stress disorder—PTSD—and it can take a huge toll on everyone involved.
Scott Miller suffered PTSD after serving with the Army in Afghanistan. When his symptoms got worse and he was having thoughts of killing people in his unit, he sought treatment but ended up being disciplined for making threats.
While it is well-known that a severe natural disaster can increase the risk for certain mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds that this type of trauma can also increase the risk of dementia in the elderly.
João Florêncio, University of Exeter When it comes to the debate around the use of trigger warnings on university courses, my feelings are mixed. While I applaud students’ political investment and concerns with issues of equality and well-being, I also have my own concerns about what the roll-out of trigger warnings could do to teaching Read more
The tragic death of Sandra Bland in Texas has brought a swirl of attention to the issue of jail and mental health. Across the country, people are sitting in local and county lock-ups because they can’t afford bail or are awaiting desperately needed psychiatric services. In this episode, we talk to Diana Claitor of the Read more
What was left out of the presidential candidate’s comments to a group of veterans on Monday, and what has been left out of many of the discussions since then, is how little we understand PTSD.
Democrats on Tuesday seized on comments Donald Trump made suggesting that military members and veterans with mental health issues are not “strong” and “can’t handle it”.
It’s been a long and drawn-out breakup because that’s how it goes with C-PTSD. Once you get to know it well, you practice breaking up with it every day.
A Pulse nightclub shooting first responder who is worried about losing his job because of his PTSD may have his worries somewhat eased after a push to change Florida law.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates up to 30 percent of former service members have PTSD. They don’t all seek treatment, but among those who do, the VA says 20 to 40 percent don’t get better with the standard regimen of therapy, medication, or both. Increasingly veterans are seeking out alternative mental health care — Read more
As vigils and funerals take place across Dallas in the coming weeks, symptoms of depression and PTSD will start to become apparent. Early recognition and treatment are important. Emotional wounds are as real as physical ones.
Micah Johnson made his motive clear: Kill white officers in defense of fellow African Americans who have died at the hands of police. But clinical experts are already looking beyond societal rage.
“Veterans should be guaranteed the right to choose their doctor and clinics, whether at a VA facility or at a private medical center,” he is expected to say. He will also continue to push for improved mental health services and new efforts to help veterans find jobs when they return home.
While many people plan to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, that could lead to trouble for some veterans who fought for our freedom. Some veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can have a bad reaction to the sound of fireworks.
In preparation for July 4, Military with PTSD is offering free yard signs to veterans around the country that read, “Veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks.”
How will the traumatic events of the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015 evolve in people’s memories, whether collective or individual? How does individual memory feed on collective memory and vice versa? Is it possible, by studying cerebral markers, to predict which victims will develop post-traumatic stress disorder and which will recover more quickly?
The sad truth is that there is no national SWAT team specifically for mental health counseling. There is no FBI for trauma. There is no Homeland Security for PTSD. Today, Orlando needs to come to grips with this heinous act of violence. Tomorrow, we need to respond again to the trauma that the community will Read more
Barber ran her Miss USA campaign with a focus on helping veterans fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when they return from war.