Families Affected by PTSD

The passing of years sometimes does not erase the emotional impact of war’s cruel realities. Seeing your friend and fellow soldier suffer injury or possibly die can lead to seemingly endless rounds of self-questioning and doubt. Thoughts about how the tragedy might have been averted and wondering what could have been done differently haunt survivors…

Professors use Students’ Shooting Rampages to Study Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome

After two gunmen went on shooting rampages at two major universities, scientists at both institutes have been conducting extensive research about how students who witnessed the tragedy were affected by the event. They are developing new insights into conditions such as posttraumatic stress syndrome, and why some people develop it after witnessing violence and/or coming…

Counselors’ Lack of Military Knowledge Dissuades Veterans from Continuing Treatment

Veterans returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, and other serious mental health issues are not finding enough solace from professional counseling, say experts. These veterans face a stone wall when seeking treatment as most counselors are unfamiliar with service members’ ways of life and unique experiences, resulting in the majority of…

EMDR and PTSD

A recent clinical trial found that, six months after treatment, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression who had received eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) had fewer symptoms than patients treated with Prozac. When undergoing EMDR, the patient is usually asked to focus on the clinician’s finger or blinking lights for several minutes…

Trauma and the 12 Steps: Impact of Traumatic Relationships on 12 Step Group Participation

Recovery groups such as AA and NA rely heavily upon spiritual principles as well as supportive relationships between its members. These create an atmosphere in which recovering people can repair feelings about themselves and others that were damaged by addiction. Spirituality and supportive relationships also help recovering people replace the dysfunctional and addicted lifestyle that…