PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

By: Trey Dyer -- Although often thought to be a disorder that affects only combat veterans, post traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) commonly occurs among people from all walks of life. PTSD is a disorder that develops in the wake of a traumatic event. PTSD can cause feelings of vulnerability, fear, anxiety and depression. While PTSD rates among veterans are high, they are also high among the general United States population. Individuals with PTSD often develop a co-occurring disorder, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.

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Trauma is Drama: New Television Series Highlight Prominent Characters with PTSD

Trauma is Drama: New Television Series Highlight Prominent Characters with PTSD

Innumerable entertainment sources from film to television to books shine the spotlight on trauma, yet fail to directly address the psychological impacts of trauma by using direct mental health terminology. In 2015, two new television series featured title and supporting characters with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the Netflix original series Jessica Jones, and the FX series "You're the Worst."

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Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

Sexual Assault - Survivor Shame & Guilt - Depicted in a Brilliant Cartoon Illustration by psychologist Nina Burrowes

The majority of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors struggle with some sort of guilt or shame that clouds their self esteem, and ultimately affects interpersonal relationships too. I'm linking to acartoon series by psychologist Nina Burrowes.... It is brilliant, and captures the thinking process behind survivor guilt and shame, and how to find the way out.

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Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

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.

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PTSD & Rape: Lifelong Consequences

PTSD & Rape: Lifelong Consequences

Several studies have shown that rape trauma victims have one of the highest risks of developing PTSD and related conditions like depression and anxiety. This article explores the high rates of PTSD among sexual assault survivors, and why rape may have different, longer lasting effects than other trauma types due to both brain chemistry changes and society's treatment of victims.

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Racism & PTSD: A Case for Race Based PTSD Recognition

Racism & PTSD: A Case for Race Based PTSD Recognition

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.

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