There is a devastating story to tell for every one of these maternal deaths. Several years ago, one of us, Donna Kruezer of Austin lost her daughter, Kristi, to postpartum depression – found to be a leading cause of maternal mortality by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. In the aftermath of her Read more
The human experience of trauma is both universal and yet curiously under-recognized as a factor that can influence perception, emotion and behavior. Trauma can effect a person’s ability to cope with everyday situations as well as their ability to form lasting bonds with others. Here you can read about the psychological effects of war and disasters, adverse childhood experiences, torture, sexual violence, and solitary confinement. .
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.
A large number of counsellors have volunteered to be available for survivors and firefighters at Grenfell tower, but what’s the evidence for talking therapy immediately after a trauma?
I spend countless hours training others on the vital need to begin making these vital lifesaving connections about trauma, victimization and addiction. I watch as light bulbs go off in the minds of victim advocates, drug and alcohol professionals and others working in both disciplines, unfortunately, they are rarely if ever in the same room receiving Read more
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.
Childhood adversity (ie, experiences of loss and/or abuse) is significantly associated with later onset of personality disorder and higher levels of psychiatric distress, according to a new study published in Personality and Mental Health.
Researchers argue that adolescents who experience this sort of family trauma — as well as those who see it happening all around them, and fear it will also affect their household — are at higher risk for mental-health problems such as depression and anxiety.
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.
A foremost fertility expert in Nigeria and Medical Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, said mental health and infertility can be described as chicken and the egg. “We know infertile people are stressed, and this could lead to depression which is a mental disorder. So there is definitely an intercession between infertility and mental Read more
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.
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.
Humanitarian medical providers in Syria have had to scale up mental health care on an ad-hoc basis to cope with the large number of patients; but many Syrians have not and will not receive adequate or timely care.
With police officers often facing extreme stress and trauma on a regular basis, the Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training program created by the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas provides weeks of cognitive training to make officers’ minds sharper and more balanced.
Once a taboo subject in newsrooms, a body of research going back for almost two decades shows that journalists can feel adverse psychological effects from their work in conflict zones.
Removed from the home and placed in the child welfare system because of evidence of abuse or neglect, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience–yet on top of all of that, for decades, they have been denied common normal childhood activities.tr
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.
Only hours after the ambush that killed five Dallas law enforcement officers, mental health experts began thinking ahead, searching for ways to ease the long-term effects of the attack on the men and women who patrol the nation’s ninth-largest city.
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’.
The study’s authors suggest current efforts to fight terrorism may promote the conditions that give rise to radicalization and terrorists. Instead, the researchers say terrorism should be viewed through the lens of public health, and more research should address public health factors that contribute to terrorism.
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.
“Trauma is a structure, not a feeling,” says Alok Vaid-Menon, a gender non-conforming artist. These words have been echoing in my head for a while. It is time we put a magnifying lens on those words and understand what they actually mean.