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  • Using EMDR Therapy to Heal Your Past: Interview with Creator Francine Shapiro
    Francine Shapiro, Ph.D, first discovered and developed EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in ...
  • Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents
    Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents by William Steel and Cathy A. Malchiodi is a powerful and user-friendly book aimed at educating clinicians in their work with child and adolescent trauma survivors. This comprehensive book ...
  • Parenting after Traumatic Events: Ways to Support Children
    One of the most important messages for parents about traumatic experiences—such as car accidents, medical trauma, exposure to violence, ...
  • Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity
    Dr. K. Elan Jung’s Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity is a strong reference, written for a wide audience including physicians, therapists, victims and the general layperson.  Dr. Jung is a practicing psychiatrist who has ...
  • Dispelling Myths about Dissociative Identity Disorder
    Dissociative identity disorder (DID), known previously as multiple personality disorder, is not a real disorder. At least, that’s what you ...
  • October is Domestic Violence Month
    Domestic violence remains a huge and largely hidden problem. The purple ribbons you may have seen recently on car bumpers and people’s ...
  • The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran
    Gene Olson’s The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran gives a memoir of his life, his difficulties with bipolar disorder and his fight for sanity.  As Olson notes, bipolar disorder was first described at the ...
  • Treating PTSD with Surf Therapy
    For the last handful of years, Britain and the United States have done quiet experiments with a new form of therapy for veterans ...
  • The Long Half-Life of Trauma
    Here's a question: How many times in the last week have you thought about the disaster in Japan? What about the ...
  • Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Conversation with Dr. Frank Ochberg
    Thanks to generous gifts from a new donor, Gift From Within and the Dart Society are collaborating to better serve the needs of veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and military families who carry the ...
  • Suicide and the Military
    When someone commits suicide, it’s a tragedy. When we are losing more soldiers to suicide than to ...
  • The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship
    The RAND Corporation estimated that, as of October 2007, 300,000 service members returning from foreign battlefields were suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Current estimates indicate that somewhere around one in five combat ...
  • My Trip to the ER: Attention Must Be Paid
    I'm a psych patient. My primary diagnosis is bipolar II, but there’s a little anxiety, PTSD and other stuff ...
  • Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing
    The second edition of Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing adopts a different perspective than most self-help books currently in circulation. The book's fundamental points are those of basic human nature ...
  • Gentling: A Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children
    William E. Krill, Jr.’s book Gentling: a Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children is a must-read for anyone who works with children.  To say that it is a good idea to ...
  • Understanding the Effects of Trauma: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    The essential psychological effect of trauma is a shattering of innocence. Trauma creates a loss of faith that there is any safety, predictability, or ...
  • How Family and Close Friends Can Help Trauma Survivors
    How do you express your support to someone who is reeling from a traumatic experience? There are things you can do for the other person as well as for yourself. 1. If your ...
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Earlier Poor Health
    Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are higher among military personnel who had mental or physical health problems before combat, a recent study has found. Cynthia LeardMann and colleagues at the Naval Health Research Center in ...
  • Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most difficult conditions for anyone to bear. Many who encounter life-threatening events or situations that threaten physical or emotional safety become burdened by a variety of intense ...
  • Ricochet: The Truth About PTSD
    Some of you may have read the article "Ricochet: My shot made Joseph Dwyer famous. Did it also help lead to his death?" If you haven't, you might want to. It's about this young ...
  • We Shouldn’t Need a Day of Our Own
    Everybody in the United States is terribly aware the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day -- the floral and greeting card industries won’t let you forget it. Mother's Day is big business. (Whether people ...
  • Yoga for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
    Can yoga help in the treatment of anxiety and depression? Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention ...
  • What is Exposure Therapy?
    Exposure therapy is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy technique that is often used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. In PTSD, exposure therapy is intended to help the patient face and ...
  • The Consequences of Verbally Abusive Athletic Coaches
    My 10-year-old son was bullied recently. He was told that he was an “embarrassment.” He was told to “shut up.” He was yelled at and scolded in a tone of voice tinged with disgust and ...
  • Coping with Flashbacks
    Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings, or the lack of them (numbness). Many times there is no actual ...
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