How stress reinforces traumatic memories

The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at an experience while the memory reconsolidates. ...

Dec 8

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Stress ...

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Why You Should Never Go to Sleep on An Argument

"Never go to bed on an argument," so the saying goes. And according to a new study, we should take note of this age-old advice. Researchers have found that going to sleep while still holding on to negative memories can make it harder to suppress ...

Dec 5

Categories: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

Nov 23

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Psychological first aid for humanitarian relief

Humanitarian emergencies - such as earthquakes, extreme drought, or war - not only affect people’s physical health but also their psychological and social health and well-being. More and better can be done for the mental health of disaster ...

Oct 27

Categories: Mental Health Professions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...

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Meditation keeps emotional brain in check

Reporting in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, psychology researchers recorded the brain activity of people looking at disturbing pictures immediately after meditating for the first time. These participants were able to tame their ...

Oct 5

Categories: Meditation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Clinical Therapy and Treatment ...

In 2016, virtual reality is exciting. Be it dogfighting through space in EVE: Valkyrie, defusing bombs in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, or making a complete ass of an operation in Surgeon Simulator, the past few years have seen the tech finally ...

Sep 23

Categories: Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Can moving your eyes left to right banish trauma?

What if we told you that distressing memories could be wiped away by moving your eyes from left to right, over and over again? Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy designed to alleviate the distress associated with ...

Sep 13

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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No Rest for the Haunted

Ever wake up still disturbed - and haunted - by the memory of a particularly upsetting image or incident? Research over the past few years has revealed that sleep is intimately tied to memory and might actually be necessary for a large part of its ...

Sep 13

Categories: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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Cumulative Trauma in Adulthood Can Worsen Health in Later Years

Cumulative trauma during a person's lifetime can have an overall effect on health in one's later years, according to a study that examines the consequences of traumatic events on older adults' physical health. Also, traumas experienced in adulthood ...

Sep 10

Categories: Adult psychological development, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

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Can Alcohol Cause Traumatic Responses? The Two-Way Street Between ...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder leads many to feel out of control. The symptoms may be so overwhelming some turn to the use of substances in an effort to calm themselves. However, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that alcohol not only ...

Jul 30

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Childhood Trauma: Overcoming the Hurt of Invalidation

“We can’t smooth over hurt feelings in our families,” Brene Brown writes. “It’s too easy for stockpiled hurt to turn into rage, resentment, and isolation. We must talk about it. Even when we don’t want to. Even when we’re tired.”

Jul 27

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Post Traumatic ...

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The two-way street between alcohol and PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common following situations that involve threatened death or serious injury, such as robbery or rape, an earthquake or a car accident. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder leads many to feel out of control. The ...

May 17

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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How Traumatic Childbirth Affecs Obstetricians

A new study found that feelings of blame and guilt dominate when midwives and obstetricians struggle to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic childbirth.

Apr 12

Categories: Other, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Blueberries may offer benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder

In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with PTSD.

Apr 8

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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PTSD in Patients With Heart Disease

Adults living with congenital heart disease may have a significantly higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder than people in the general population.

Mar 21

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

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