Psychological trauma is associated with an increased risk for lupus, a new study reports. Researchers studied 54,763 civilian women enrolled in a larger health study. Compared to women without trauma, women with post-traumatic stress disorder were almost three times as likely to have lupus.
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.
After widespread flooding that destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people, many of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma are now in the middle of a critical period, mental health experts say. That’s because symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) typically start to appear in the weeks following a disaster.
PBS stations are airing a 10-part documentary about the Vietnam War. The trauma of Vietnam runs deep for many of those who fought there, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing for a possible surge in veterans seeking counseling because of the film. Mental health professionals say it could trigger PTSD and depression.
If you take a drive through Port Aransas, the reminders of Hurricane Harvey are at every turn. For a community of survivors that are trying their best to move on, the psychological effects of the storm are taking a toll.
Psychologist Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts-Boston has spent more than a decade studying what happens to people years after a natural disaster — in this case, Hurricane Katrina.
It is an issue for first responders all over the world, including those at the Bourke Street Mall attack in Melbourne, where emergency services and medical personnel were thrust into a chaotic scene.
In a series of interviews here in New Orleans, 12 years after Katrina’s devastating floods, young survivors, now in their early 20s, agreed only that overcoming the mental strain of displacement is like escaping the rising water itself – a matter of finding something to hold onto, one safe place or reliable person, each time Read more
Undocumented life in America is hard on the mind and body. Poverty, precarious employment, poor access to health care, discrimination and trauma from the migration itself often lead to disorders like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
As the months go by since 36 partygoers died in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire, the horrors of that night still haunt many of the firefighters who answered the call.
According to experts, the chaos and emotional upheaval brought on by extreme events can have an especially negative impact on children. Tropical storm Harvey has put students in its path at a greater risk for symptoms of anxiety and depression than they’d otherwise be—not to mention illness and injury.
Hurricane Harvey – One group of workers is rebuilding homes, another band of professionals will be busy diagnosing and treating the traumatized.
Charlottesville Therapists Pledge Over 300 Hours of Free Counseling Sessions Following Aug. 12 Rally
Over 50 private therapists have committed more than 300 hours of free counseling support in response to stress and trauma resulting from the attacks of August 12.
Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.
Denver’s new apartment building caters to homeless who have been traumatized after years on the streets
Being indoors can be stressful for some of Denver’s chronic homeless, but new “trauma-informed” building hopes to break the cycle.
Kimberly Greer, 58, is one of thousands of people across the South and West Sides of Chicago who experience some form of mental health trauma as a result of gun violence.
“I believe this is a huge step back for the mental health of officers, as far as them being able to come forward and say hey I need help,” he said.
Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.
The connection between this paralysis response and suffering greater PTSD and depression makes sense at the intuitive level, clinicians say. Women, men and children who are sexually assaulted and think they should have resisted but did not may also be prone to feeling guilt and shame.
Pentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp.
The goal is to try to figure out what biomarkers connect a traumatic event to the development and eventual diagnosis of PTSD. The researchers at the University of North Carolina and Harvard who are running the study have turned to Verily, the health-focused Google spinoff, for help with data collection and management.
Treating American service members hurt in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts created a new military emphasis on polytrauma — a medical term meaning more than one serious injury. The complex wounds of war also created a need for a new model of care that today is helping veterans and active duty military heal.
Trust and teamwork weren’t these boys’ strong suits. All had suffered severe and debilitating trauma that had left them perpetually wary of others. Fortunately, basketball had captured their attention and imagination—and I had to seize on this.
A new research institute based in Saskatchewan is developing a strategy to deal with health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among police, paramedics and other public-safety personnel in Canada.
Researchers have devised a platform to both help children to learn and also to help to alleviate the stresses associated with the experiences of conflict and unsteady travel. Some of the ‘games’ within the platform were specially designed to address these concerns; others are modifications of standard applications such as Minecraft.
A structured therapeutic riding program benefited veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms and functional disabilities, a study has found.
Mary-Ann Rich says she’d always been “suspicious” of such things. But by the time she found Transcendental Meditation, she was isolated, agitated, and desperate for a breakthrough.
The stress of making life and death decisions daily, combined with extreme fatigue brought on by 48-hour shifts can take an emotional toll. The ability to talk about challenges and issues they may be experiencing is vital for the well-being of first responders.
Survivors of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 – and first-responders who were on the scene that day – may have an increased risk for heart and lung diseases, a new study suggests.
With the constant stress of the recent news cycle, I’ve never felt the urgency of helping children learn mindfulness, coping strategies and social emotional health skills more than I do right now — both for their own sake and to ensure these capacities are baked-in for our future leaders.
The number of Danes diagnosed with trauma — and stressor-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) increased substantially following the terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011.