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Research reveals how traumatic experiences affect brain
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The findings of a recent study can empower neuroscientists attain a wider understanding of the activities happening within the brain when a person relives a traumatic experience. The study is important because of the fact that “extinction learning,” common in exposure therapy meant for treating patients suffering from any trauma or related disorders, does not […]

Study finds prevalence of trauma among Yazidi women freed from ISIS captivity
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Tortured, raped and sold as sex slaves, the Yazidi women captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) endured more than just sexual violence. Being repeatedly beaten and locked away, these women suffered unspeakable brutality at the hands of their captors. While many have returned to their families, they struggle to adjust to […]

Suicide Prevention Week: PTSD patients more vulnerable to suicidal ideation
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Witnessing a disturbing incident or finding oneself in the midst of any traumatic event can have long-term and grievous repercussions. The impact of trauma, if not dealt with timely, can result in the affected suffering from serious mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People with PTSD exhibit emotional numbness that can cause problems […]

Understanding complex trauma and its effects
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The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a mental health problem that develops after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like war, natural disasters, car accident or sexual assault. All these events are time-bound, in the sense that they occur for a limited duration of time. But in […]

Medical marijuana is no magic pill for chronic pain or PTSD symptoms, finds study
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Generally taken to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, there is little evidence to prove that medical marijuana is helpful in treating either of the conditions. This has been suggested by two recent peer reviews published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Conducted by a team of researchers at the […]

Depicting trauma through movies: A woman’s perspective
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Lynn Ramsay – Scottish writer-and-director known for her much-acclaimed movies “Ratcatcher” (1999), “Morvern Callar” (2002) and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011) – unveils her much-awaited movie “You Were Never Really There” (YWNRT) (2017). Known to portray life-changing trauma from a woman’s perspective, Ramsay’s new project provides viewers with a drastically different viewpoint. Unlike […]

PTSD Awareness Month: Complex PTSD can have life-long effects
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Joanne (name changed) exhibited signs of stress disorder following her break-up. She had been through multiple relationships with several men and each time she broke up with her partner, she fell into a deep sadness. She left all her partners accusing them of being abusive and neglecting her. Joanne had been trapped in this pattern […]

Involuntary paralysis during sexual assault associated with increased risk of PTSD, finds study
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Hundreds of thousands of Americans experience sexual violence in some form each year. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), about 17 percent women have been the victims of an attempted or a completed rape in their lifetime. The RAINN data also shows that on an average, about 321,500 people aged 12 […]

PTSD Awareness Month: A veteran’s combat with PTSD and journey towards recovery
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At the age of 27, Khristina Hall decided to join the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. Daughter of a veteran who served the Air Force for more than 22 years, Hall had gone through an intensive ROTC program at high school and had weapons training. To prepare her for a deployment to Kuwait in 2002, […]

How mental health consequences differ among military men and women

National statistics collecting mental health information from military men and women conclude that veterans are at a high risk of developing mental health problems. Although few studies have examined the gender differences in the mental health consequences affecting veterans, the unique experiences of men and women in the military need to be better understood to […]

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