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.
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.
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.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has always been associated with mental health, but new research suggests there’s a physical aspect to it too – that a certain area of the brain is larger in people suffering from 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
Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, president of Texas Health and Science University, says acupuncture can treat issues such as chronic pain, PTSD, depression and anxiety—many of which, deputies experience on the job.
For Gary Kennedy, there’s satisfaction in helping those who have post-traumatic stress disorder. The veteran and former first responder wants to spread the word about local recreational activities and mental health services.
While there has been no confirmed link of PTSD to the Dallas ambush attack, the National Academy of Science reports that the disorder is “one of the signature injuries of the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) differ from civilians with TBI in some key ways — with potentially important implications for long-term care and support of injured service members and their families, new research outlines.
People with anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression and other stress-related disorders could be adjusting chemical tags on their DNA as a result of high cortisol exposure, which may even persist throughout the course of their lives or be passed on to their children.
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’.
In the weeks that followed the July 7 attack by a gunman who left five officers dead, the Dallas Police Department worked hard to accomplish our base mission of serving and protecting the public while recovering from the shock of an event with the potential to produce massive 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.
Having lived with PTSD since 1997 and having climbed my way out of a dark place to now where I live a very happy, fulfilling life by my design, I think I know a thing or two about living with PTSD. So in honor of PTSD Awareness Day, allow me to clarify what I believe Read more
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.
While city officials and policymakers have struggled to understand the causality for the sudden spike in homicides and to find a solution to end rampant violence in the city, they’re only just beginning to consider the traumatic effects of exposure to violence and explore remedies to the potentially chronic and debilitating symptoms it causes.
One year ago this month, two U.S. senators put forth a bill to remove the “D” in PTSD in declaring June’s awareness campaign. The move marked the fourth year in a row that the senators had proposed the bill and that the Senate had unanimously passed it.
After years of using the method to treat city officers, the Austin Police Department’s staff psychologist is kicking off a new study to show the effectiveness of a specific type of trauma treatment on law enforcement professionals.
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
Childhood trauma raises the risk of everything from diabetes to lung cancer to heart disease. Those who endured a high level of trauma in their youth have an average life expectancy 20 years lower than those who didn’t.
As we learn more about the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on the heart (and other organs of the body) we will likely need to shift our view that PTSD is a purely psychiatric disorder. Instead, we will need to view the disorder more as a systemic “disease” that affects the entire body.
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.
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
Fort Hood medical center – Officials said students who participate in the residency program will be exposed to patients suffering from mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder as well as other injuries more common among veterans and active-duty service members than in civilians.
Mental health awareness is on the rise in fire stations across the state, but an NBC Bay Area investigation found some departments still lack critical services.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its report faulted branches of the Department of Defense for having policies inconsistent with official Pentagon rules for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or sexual trauma.