Tag Archives: traumatic events

Study Tests Whether Chronic Illness Affects Risk of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is generally associated with significant tragic events. The person suffering from PTSD may have been directly involved with the stressful situation, or they may have been a witness to the events. Traumatic situations leading to PTSD can range from injury due to a car accident to witnessing violence. In some cases, […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Raises Concerns of PTSD

Any extremely stressful and anxiety provoking experience can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We normally affiliate the disorder with soldiers returning home from the horrors of war, but with Tropical Storm Isaac hitting the previously ravaged areas left by Hurricane Katrina, it’s no wonder that survivors are breaking out into cold […]

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A Knight to Remember: PTSD and Trauma After the Colorado Shootings

A night planned with family and friends to celebrate a favorite comic book hero became a night of unexpected horror. At the midnight opening of The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, CO, a gunman sprayed the audience with gunfire, killing at least a dozen people and injuring close to 70 more.

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Childhood Trauma As A “Profound” Predictor of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

A study of police recruits found that a history of childhood trauma along with certain genetic factors could predict whether a person would develop Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome after working as a police officer. Childhood trauma is a "profound" predictor of the syndrome, according to the authors.

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Childhood Trauma Linked to PTSD in Police Officers

An experience of childhood trauma can have significant consequences throughout life. Previous studies have confirmed a link between childhood trauma and cognitive problems that extend throughout development.

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911 Dispatchers May Experience PTSD

911 dispatchers have a very high-stress job, fielding calls about emergencies and talking callers through the first steps before police and firefighters arrive. In some cases, however, the stress can be extremely intense. Dispatchers are often put in a position of hearing a caller describe a life-threatening situation, without a way to physically help them.

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Sleep Increases Risk of Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome

If you stay awake after a disturbing or threatening event instead of “sleeping on it,” you will be less likely to develop posttraumatic stress syndrome, according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Witnesses to Giffords Shooting Now Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress

It has been a year since a small crowd in front of a Tucson grocery store watched a gun man kill six people and wound 13 others. Yet one year later some who developed post-traumatic stress syndrome after the event still suffer debilitating symptoms.

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Study Helps Predict Reactions to Trauma in Police Officers

When examining cases of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), we often think in terms of veterans who have been through periods of intense war. One often overlooked group of individuals who are also prone to PTSD are police officers.

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Cognitive and Prolonged Exposure Therapies Are Beneficial Treatments for PTSD

Treatments exist for those already suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, but are there treatments that could prevent a person who has experienced traumatic events from ever developing the disorder? If so, would it matter how soon the victim began treatment following their exposure? These were the questions scientifically addressed by physicians in the […]

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