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Three LSU Health New Orleans licensed professional counselors and registered play therapists have created a new book to help children cope with the experience and aftermath of Hurricane Ida. A couple of very talented children, Susanna (age 8) and Ellie (age 6) Frischhertz, drew the illustrations.
PTSD can make somebody hard to be with. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situations can take a toll on the most caring family. Early research on PTSD has shown the harmful impact of PTSD on families.
Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.
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Because traumatic experiences are frequently unresolvable or difficult to make sense of, the stories we tell about them lack a resolution as well. I’m reminded, for example, of a story relayed to Michael Herr, a war correspondent who spent a year in Vietnam and later wrote a book titled Dispatches about his experiences there. (He also co-wrote Full Metal Jacket with Stanley Kubrick.)
Tener un perro puede levantar el ánimo o ayudarlo a sentirse menos estresado. Los perros pueden ayudar a las personas a sentirse mejor al brindarles compañía. Todos los dueños de perros, incluidos los que tienen trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT) pueden tener estos beneficios.
Luego de sufrir un trauma, los sobrevivientes a menudo dicen que su primera sensación es sentirse aliviados por estar vivos. Esto podría estar seguido por estrés, miedo e ira. Los sobrevivientes de un trauma también podrían descubrir que son incapaces de dejar de pensar en lo que ocurrió. Muchos sobrevivientes presentan un alto grado de alerta, lo que hace que reaccionen intensamente ante los sonidos e imágenes a su alrededor.
Most people have stress reactions after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if reactions or symptoms that feel like PTSD occur, they will slowly decrease over time.
Women represent the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population – they make up 9% of the total veteran population in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019), and are projected to make up 16% of all living veterans by 2043 (National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics, 2017). Of warriors who completed the 2020 Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Annual Warrior Survey, 20% are women – a larger representation when compared to the general veteran population.
Owning a dog can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship. All dog owners, including those who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience these benefits.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, an observance intended to raise public awareness about issues related to the disorder, reduce ITS stigma, and help to ensure that those suffering from the disorder have access to proper care.
BrainLine sat down with Dr. Edward C. Wright to discuss PTSD. Dr. Wright is a board-certified clinical psychologist in the Home Base Program of Massachusetts General Hospital, focused primarily on providing treatment for PTSD. He is also part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s® Warrior Care Network®, which helps veterans transition to civilian life. Dr. Wright spoke about PTSD and his use of cognitive-behavioral therapies to treat anxiety and depression.
This decision aid from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder helps you learn about effective PTSD treatment options. You can read about the treatments or watch videos explaining how they work. You can even build a chart to compare the treatments you like most. At the end, you will get a personalized summary.
BrainLine sat down with Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine and part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s® Warrior Care Network®. Dr. Rothbaum spoke about treating PTSD and her pioneering work in virtual reality exposure therapy.
Scientists are now able to see that PTSD causes distinct biological changes in your brain. Not everybody with PTSD has exactly the same symptoms or the same brain changes, but there are observable patterns that can be understood and treated.
Sleep problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) share a complicated relationship, so for those experiencing or at risk for this double whammy, as well as for those treating patients, it’s important to understand how they can influence each other in a cycle. Learn the connection between PTSD and sleep, the different ways to approach treatment, the therapies available, and explore the connection between trauma and nightmares.