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.
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. .
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.
“Unlike the physical damage which is all too obvious, the psychological toll will have effects that cascade over time,” Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in an email. Hurricane Harvey
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.
Those receiving and providing assistance can be affected by the distress of a catastrophic natural disaster. Ideal interventions promote the evidence-based principles of Psychological First Aid, including: safety, calming, self- and community-efficacy, social connectedness, and a sense of hope/optimism. Check out this compilation of related resources.
Recovery means living a life that is no longer impacted by old trauma and pain. I know these memories will never leave, but I can be mindful of thoughts that are influenced by the past. In its most beautiful conception, it is that precious space between my thoughts, behavior, and actions.
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.
Kwasi Seitu, 62, says he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder. Instead, he says, he has suffered from constant traumatic stress since he was a kid.
History suggests that social services will be in high demand for months. Are caseworkers in Texas and Florida prepared?
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.
Years into the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, human rights activists have accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to Greece’s treatment of refugees and migrants now stuck on the island of Lesbos.
Medical professionals are keeping an eye out for people having difficulty dealing with the trauma of losing their homes during Hurricane Harvey.
It’s been humbling to witness how these two weeks have brought out the best in Texans as countless people answer the call to give time, money and labor to help communities get back on their feet. Hogg Foundation
Regardless of the state of their schools, thousands of children returning to the classroom are likely to bear invisible wounds from this destructive storm. If untreated, their trauma will make it harder to succeed as students. Hurricane Harvey
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.
Houston has started to slowly assess the damage after historic damage from Hurricane Harvey last week — but as the flood water recedes, the city will also have to grapple with threats to public health.
Hurricane Harvey – Within and alongside the community schools model, a central focus will be helping students recover mentally and emotionally from the trauma of the natural disaster. And here, too, there is a contrast with New Orleans a dozen years ago.
“Recovery” is not, as many of us mistakenly believe, about putting everything back together exactly as it was. Instead, it’s finding the best possible new reality, while recognizing that the trauma itself cannot be erased or papered over.
Experiencing multiple forms of abuse early in life can increase the likelihood a child will develop psychotic symptoms. A report in Schizophrenia Bulletin now suggests there are several factors that may offer some protection from this risk.
Once again, Americans, specifically Texans, are faced with a catastrophic event. The pictures of rushing waters, dramatic rescues and heartbreaking stories only begin to reveal what will become for all Texans an even greater challenge: The mental health issues associated with these traumatic events.
Hurricane Harvey – The extent of the need ahead is already apparent in temporary shelters. Mental health professionals have been on hand, trying to address immediate needs of evacuees, some of whom fled their homes without their regular medications, and many of whom are experiencing elevated levels of distress.
Dr. Stephen Strakowski, the chair of psychiatry for Dell Medical School, explained that about 20 percent of the general population has some kind of mental illness, and those cases are especially common with people who have gone through a trauma like Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey – “I’m going to need some counseling. I’m really going to have to talk with someone,” she said. “I’ve been keeping my mind sane because my children are still looking to me, and if I start falling, they are going to fall too.”
Regardless of age, psychotic experiences can increase the likelihood that a person will think about, plan, and/or attempt suicide, according to a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry.
Even as the effects of violence, displacement and confinement contribute to community-wide distress, mental and psychosocial well-being are often overlooked. Humanitarian organizations are overwhelmed responding to ever growing needs in South Sudan, where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of lifesaving assistance.
Kevin Wade, a mental health expert from West Texas Counseling and Guidance, said the influx of media may have a greater affect on you than you thought. “Watching it on TV can actually affect people much the same way as if [you] were there watching it happen in real time,” Wade said.
Otherwise healthy people who experience hallucinations or delusions are more likely to have later suicidal thoughts or attempts, an international study has found.
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.