Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Prolonged exposure therapy, also known as PE therapy, is the term for a form of psychotherapy that purposefully exposes the individual to situations that trigger debilitating or dysfunctional stress reactions. This exposure is intended to help a person overcome damaging reactions and develop a new ability to cope with the effects of stress. Current evidence […]

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Children Also Suffer From PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is unfortunately gaining everyday household recognition. But it’s not just the thousands of soldiers coming back from Afghanistan that are coming home with PTSD – it’s also being diagnosed in millions of young children.

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New Perspective on the Effectiveness of Current Treatments for PTSD

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a medically serious form of anxiety that can occur in the weeks following exposure to a range of traumatic and/or life-threatening events and situations. According to figures compiled by the National Center for PTSD, roughly 6 to 7 percent of all Americans will develop the disorder during either childhood or […]

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How to Identify Teens Who Might Be at Risk for PTSD

A study appeared in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which examined the question of what places teens at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was carried out through a research team at Boston Children’s Hospital which sifted through data on close to […]

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Training Could Prevent PTSD in Soldiers

Addressing the proper treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a challenge as the cause for one individual can be quite different for another. It’s also difficult to identify factors that lead to or can prevent the onset.

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PTSD’s Effects on Social Interaction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can appear when any given individual experiences events or situations that overwhelm the brain’s stress-related coping mechanisms and make certain damaging changes in ongoing mental function.

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PTSD and Dissociation

Dissociation is a mental health term used to describe an abnormal sense of psychological, emotional, or physical detachment. Prominent forms of this detachment include a sense of unusual separation from the body and a sense of unusual separation from the surrounding physical environment. Generally speaking, people experience dissociation as part of a psychological defense mechanism […]

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Symptoms, Medications for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that has received a great deal of media attention over recent years due to the growing number of former combat veterans diagnosed with it. As a group, soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed in record numbers. Military service or exposure to war, violence, […]

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Attitudes on Mental Health in the Armed Forces Evolving

The requirements that Armed Forces troops face require a stony edge and a toughness that keep them alive while protecting others in extreme circumstances. But the Army is also keeping up with the times, and the times are calling for attention to these battle-hardened vets who come back with mental issues that boot camp could […]

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A New Definition of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is serious mental health condition associated with exposure to an event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope successfully with high levels of stress. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guidebook referenced by the vast majority of America’s mental health professionals, once listed PTSD as a form of […]

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