PTSD Library

  • Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children & Adolescents
    When violence erupts, children and adolescents especially suffer. According to clinician and author Linda Chapman, the statistics published by the Children’s Defense Fund in 2012 and Centers for Disease Control in 2006 and 2011 are ...
  • Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change
    When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. ...
  • Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren’t Being Fooled
    It would be hard not to judge Blind to Betrayal by its cover. Readers could be forgiven for thinking it’s a how-to book on catching unfaithful spouses. But while there are several stories of infidelity, ...
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life
    How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, ...
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single Event
    Following is an example of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a single traumatic incident. Tony had a somewhat ...
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Michelle was terrorized for much of her childhood. Her father was an inconsistent presence and her mother expressed outright disdain for her. Often when Michelle went to her mother for comfort, she was accused of exaggerating or being a "crybaby" and sent away. Starting at age 4 until she was out of the house at 16, Michelle was molested by several family members -- including her brother, her uncle and a couple of cousins. As she grew up, different men in the neighborhood also sexually assaulted her. At 19, she began dating Carl, who initially was very affectionate. However, he then began to be suspicious of different friends of hers and concerned about how she spent her time. This escalated into more and more controlling behavior and occasionally he was physically violent.
  • Postpartum Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Pregnancy and childbirth bring feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation. They also can complicate existing mental health issues and can create ...
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
    “Tapping resources” has a second meaning in EMDR therapy. In Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, you literally tap them in — maybe on your knees, maybe on your shoulders. The movement is sometimes called “installing ...
  • Treatment of PTSD May not Be a Solo Affair
    It appears that use of the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has risen sharply over the past few ...
  • Symptoms & Diagnosis of PTSD
    Clinicians use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a guide in understanding clusters of symptoms so that they know how to treat different clients. The DSM has gone through a ...
  • Suicide Risk for Children of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’
    Recent findings are shedding light on the link between growing up in a conflict zone and risk of suicide. Over ...
  • Psychotherapy Treatment for PTSD
    Therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.  However, since trauma symptoms are very specific, not all types of therapy are appropriate.  SAMHSA has a list of every evidenced based therapeutic ...
  • Girl in the Water: A True Story of Sibling Abuse
    Tales of sibling rivalry are common: Marcia and Jan Brady, Cain and Abel, Ray and Robert Barone. But how often do we hear stories of sibling abuse? The darkness and fear that is encapsulated in Nancy ...
  • Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding
    Adolescents often struggle with intense emotional situations, yet find themselves unsure of how to process it all. In Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding, Dennis Rozema explains that the way a teenager deals with pain either ...
  • Book Review: Full Circle
    Anyone who has seen a homeless person, who has wondered why welfare exists, who has struggled to understand why another person is acting the way they do should read Jane Hersey’s Full Circle. This is ...
  • Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression
    As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked -- especially our mental health. Tablets and ...
  • Betrayal & Hearing Voices
    Note: This story is based on what actually happened in one instance of psychotherapy. Names and ...
  • Your Front Page Just Punched Me: Causes of the News Blues
    Warning! Graphic Content Ahead! You can turn back now ... or choose to ...
  • Thirty Days With My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that many soldiers suffer from after serving in a war. We don’t often heard about the children of those soldiers suffering from the same condition. However, growing ...
  • Natural Disaster Crisis Management
    Crisis intervention in natural disasters is important to look at from many different angles. The points of view of those experiencing the disaster ...
  • The Attachment Therapy Companion: Key Practices for Treating Children & Families
    In order for a traumatized child to heal, that child must be able to form a lasting, loving relationship with an older caregiver. Though this concept sounds intuitively valid, attachment therapy, a developing field based ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    It would have been easy for Sharlene Prinsen to portray herself as a heroic martyr, or else as an innocent, one-dimensional victim. Yet in the memoir that centers on her marriage to a combat veteran ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    Blind Devotion is the bold firsthand account of Sharlene Prinsen’s relationship with her husband Sean; a combat veteran who served in Bosnia and has suffered from depression, addiction, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since ...
  • My Journey to Loving Myself Following Sexual Abuse
    Historically any article with “self-love” in it has given rise to a ...
  • The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders
    In "The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders," J. Gayle Beck and Denise M. Sloan collaborate with a group of world-class experts to address the current research and clinical knowledge concerning traumatic stress disorders. Oxford Handbooks ...
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