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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. .

Infertility Can Affect Mental Health, Says Ajayi

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

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.

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