Hospitals and emergency room staff should routinely screen for PTSD symptoms prior to discharge for victims of violent crime, sexual assaults, vehicular accidents, health emergencies and near-death experiences, among other traumatic physical injuries. Early treatment is key. Unfortunately, this is not standard practice in most hospitals across the country, despite rates of inner-city violence-related PTSD rates as high or higher than Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans.Read More
From CNN Health: "New research reveals that the effects of PTSD can go beyond the mind -- and put women's hearts and brains at risk." More evidence to support why physical self-care plans are essential for trauma recovery.Read More
A recent New York Times Article titled Racism’s Psychological Toll focuses on the link between racism and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma almost always features an element of dehumanization; when faced with a terrifying event that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm, to oneself or others, self-identity becomes damaged. Racism itself is highly dehumanizing; an individual may be treated differently, discriminated against, targeted or attacked, solely based upon the color of their skin.Read More
This is an excellent self-help book for civilian trauma survivors. Dr. Matsakis gives a thorough and compassionate review of the types of traumas that can cause PTSD beyond military combat, how to recognize symptoms, coping skills, and dedicated chapters for specific trauma types such as crime, vehicular accidents, sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, child abuse, natural catastrophes, among others.Read More
"A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing" Published in late 2014, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is likely the most up-to-date, thorough review of the history, physiology, psychology and treatment opportunities for PTSD. My #1 pick for understanding PTSD.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a largely hidden disease, with millions of Americans suffering in silence. Why? For many, the precipitating traumas bring a sense of shame, blame, embarrassment or fear of judgement. Many trauma advocates are trying to change the name to PTSI - with the "I" standing for "injury," to help survivors and the general population accept that these traumas are in fact injuries, both physical and psychological, and no PTSD survivor is to blame.Read More