With a literal and figurative wave of natural disasters on our shores and an uptick in violence against U.S. citizens and soldiers around the globe, understanding how to best treat PTSD is vital. The condition is triggered by experienced trauma, but it can quickly grow in severity as the person mentally rehearses the event(s) over and over again in their mind. Often, the memory morphs along the way. Attempts to manage those memories, known as reconsolidation, have not always proven successful. But a new intervention tested in a hospital setting is showing promising results.
Stories of violence or suicide related to bullying have gained national attention in recent years. While school bullies have been around as far back as the one room schoolhouse, the impact of bullying seems to have intensified. Even if the victim does not succumb to violence in response, the damage done can be significant. A recent study finds that those on the receiving end of bullying sometimes suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by symptoms such as flashbacks, anxiety, insomnia and depression. It results from the experience or witnessing of a tragic event. The event can be any kind of tragedy, from an assault to a car accident resulting in injury.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition springing from exposure to a traumatizing life event. The anxiety disorder is hallmarked by symptoms of avoidance, emotional numbness, hyper arousal and occasions of re-living the traumatic event. A review study, due for publication in this month's issue of the Psychological Bulletin, says that women are diagnosed with the condition more often than men. Reviewers suggest that adjustments to the diagnostic criteria may be called for.
Survivors of child sexual abuse have a lot to deal with. Betrayal of trust, sexual confusion, manipulation, violation of the body, secrecy, deceit, emotional ambivalence, loss of autonomy, dissociation from the body, shame, guilt, often pain, and often some degree of sexual pleasure can all be present in a single instance of abuse, or over the course of an abusive relationship. Many of these elements are at best difficult and at worst intolerable even in the context of relations between consenting adults. To lay this complex of confusion on a child, or even on a young adult in a dependent or protected relationship, is manifestly unfair. The younger the survivors-and the more subject to other vulnerabilities-the likelier that the burden of abuse gets "hard coded" into children's still-developing "firmware:" the base patterns of perception, understanding, and action they carry into the more normal ages for sexual development and exploration and on into adult life.
Psychological trauma causes both acute and long-term impacts on victims. The acute impact is the mind and body's response immediately after the event and may include confusion, dissociation, panic, agitation, or amnesia. Some people will develop acute stress disorder (ASD), with symptoms recurring for up to four weeks. An estimated 80 percent of those with ASD will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating anxiety disorder marked by feelings of hyper-arousal, reliving the event, and avoidance.
Hurricane season is upon us and weather updates crowd television screens across the nation. It seems like reporters tell the country about everything from who decides to stay behind to how the family dog survived. But one subject that gets little mention is how our youngest citizens in these areas respond and cope when disaster strikes. The repeated cycle of severe weather and subsequent devastation has given first responders and mental health professionals plenty of opportunity to watch and learn how children react when natural disasters hit their hometown.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with soldiers of war. Horrified by events which they were forced to live through; the experience haunts their dreams and changes their personalities. War veterans often avoid talking about the events which triggered the PTSD but develop a hyper-vigilance in order to protect themselves from being trapped in another violent and powerless situation.
People get addicted to drugs and alcohol for any number of reasons - sometimes there's a family history, sometimes early experimentation turns into a lifelong problem. For as many as 30 to 60 percent of addicts, drug or alcohol problems coincide with a history of abuse, neglect or other traumas.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (also referred to as PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that changes the body's ability to respond to stress. It may arise following involvement in something highly traumatic involving the threat of injury or death, or the witnessing of a traumatizing event. PTSD is common among soldiers returning from combat, but may also affect victims of assault, domestic abuse, natural disasters, or other traumatic experiences.
Trauma can happen to anyone, but when the victim is a child, the how and why of the trauma often takes a backseat to what to do about it. That's because children are so vulnerable and it's up to adults, parents and caregivers and concerned others, to step in and step up to protect the young child and help him or her overcome trauma.
If you are a woman who has been raped, the trauma you've experienced may require months or years of counseling in order to heal the fear and hurt. You may experience a wide range of reactions including severe mood swings, insomnia, low self-esteem, and even the manifestation of an eating disorder. Thoughts of the future only invoke fear where there used to be promise. You may also start to question why God would allow such a horrific even to happen in your life.
During the first two years of life, development is rapid. A child progresses from helpless newborn to a walking, talking child with independent ideas and opinions. While the changes on the outside are the most obvious, there are also significant developments in the brain.
Numerous studies show that repeat deployments are a risk factor for post traumatic stress disorder among war veterans. PTSD and traumatic brain injuries can affect a person's self control and even increase anger or hostility but the connection between PTSD and violent behavior does not appear to be strong, according to a recent news article.
Understanding the relationship between negative mood regulation, post traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma and adult trauma was the topic of a recent medical article. A recent study at the Center for Healthcare Evaluation in California took on the task to correlate the different traumas and conditions so that clinicians can better treat their patients.
The passing of years sometimes does not erase the emotional impact of war's cruel realities. Seeing your friend and fellow soldier suffer injury or possibly die can lead to seemingly endless rounds of self-questioning and doubt. Thoughts about how the tragedy might have been averted and wondering what could have been done differently haunt survivors and sometimes become a source of self-torment.
After two gunmen went on shooting rampages at two major universities, scientists at both institutes have been conducting extensive research about how students who witnessed the tragedy were affected by the event. They are developing new insights into conditions such as posttraumatic stress syndrome, and why some people develop it after witnessing violence and/or coming close to being killed, and others seem to heal relatively quickly on their own.
Children with parents who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tend to carry the same burden as their parents, according to a recent article. That's a serious problem when nearly 20 percent of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans are suffering from PTSD.
It's good news, say many researchers, regarding the finding that fewer veterans who have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are turning to anti-anxiety drugs. They hope the research means that more veterans may be addressing root-level problems, such as depression related to PTSD, and may be seeing more success with psychotherapy treatments instead of anti-anxiety drugs.
Veterans returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, and other serious mental health issues are not finding enough solace from professional counseling, say experts. These veterans face a stone wall when seeking treatment as most counselors are unfamiliar with service members' ways of life and unique experiences, resulting in the majority of veteran patients discontinuing treatment after just one appointment.
Our society recognizes that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a problem among war veterans. There has certainly been an increased awareness surrounding recent Veteran's Day activities that will probably fade soon. Not as commonly known is the "secondhand PTSD" that many families deal with while trying to carry on while their spouse has been away serving their country.
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