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.

Restore GI Bill benefits for veterans with career-ending PTSD

A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more

Mosul’s children mentally scarred by brutal conflict

Brutal fighting and years living under ISIS have left Mosul’s children with dangerous levels of psychological damage, new research by Save the Children shows. Experts found children are so deeply scarred by memories of extreme violence they are living in constant fear for their lives, unable to show emotions, and suffering from vivid ‘waking nightmares’.

VIDEO – How Integrating Past and Present Provides Real Relief from Trauma

Imagine the helplessness of being unable to distinguish painful past experiences from present ones. According to Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, this is what happens when a traumatic memory is triggered. Old emotional responses bubble up even when the current trigger has little to do with the original trauma.

The Little Understood Mental-Health Effects of Racial Trauma

While the trigger (both literally and metaphorically) is the same, there is an aspect of these events that is frequently overlooked: the effects of the frequent police killings on black Americans’ mental health in the form of racial trauma, a psychological phenomenon that some experts say is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

Police officer Gerry Realin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan has heard from first responders and mental health workers that there are more officers, possibly with PTSD, who don’t want to come forward because they don’t want to be Read more

Hidden burdens of conflict: Issues of mental health and access to services among internally displaced persons in Ukraine

Some 32% of internally displaced persons in Ukraine suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the conflict in the east. These are the findings of a new study, Hidden burdens of conflict: Mental health issues and access to services among internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

How using paint, pen on paper or song to revisit trauma helps us put it in the past

So far, the medical model has played a key role in the treatment of trauma – perhaps because drugs for “fixing” trauma are profitable and major medical journals rarely publish studies of non-medical treatments, which they class as “alternative” therapies. The problem is that medication cannot strike at the root of the trauma and so Read more

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