PTSD Library

  • 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 ...
  • What is a Trigger?
    A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma. Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people. ...
  • My Battle with Childhood Sexual Abuse
    My first memory of emotional abuse was when I was three years old. Mum left me with the next door neighbour who was the local flasher. He didn't think anything of showing himself to ...
  • Overcoming Childhood Abuse and Neglect
    My mother left when I was 3. I bounced around without a home — lived with my grandparents, sometimes my father, sometimes aunts and uncles. I suffered horrendous abuse. Emotional, physical, sexual… sometimes I think ...
  • A Brief Overview of Traumatic Stress
    People who experience or witness horrible events such as school shootings, combat, rape, torture, natural disasters, accidents or other things in which their physical safety and life -- or the safety and life of others ...
  • PTSD and Community Violence
    Community violence can take many forms: riots, sniper attacks, gang wars and drive-by shootings, and workplace assaults. On a larger scale, terrorist attacks, torture, bombings, war, ethnic cleansing, and widespread sexual, physical and emotional abuse ...
  • PTSD and Older Veterans
    From as long ago as Homer's ancient story of the battle between the Trojans and the Greeks, and the times of the Bible and Shakespeare, military personnel have been confronted by the trauma of war. ...
  • Types of PTSD
    There are five main types of post-traumatic stress disorder: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Normal Stress Response The normal stress response occurs when healthy adults who have been ...
  • PTSD and Relationships
    Trauma survivors with PTSD often experience problems in their intimate and family relationships or close friendships. PTSD involves symptoms that interfere with trust, emotional closeness, communication, responsible assertiveness, and effective problem solving: Loss of interest in ...
  • An Overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized as an anxiety problem that people sometimes experience after witnessing or being involved with a traumatic event, such as a fire, a war, an accident or the like. ...
  • Facts about PTSD
    General Adult Population The following information on PTSD in the general adult population is taken from the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) report. The estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD among adult Americans is 7.8 percent, with women ...
  • PTSD and Children
    Children often are exposed to trauma as a result of the following kinds of events: physical or sexual assault or abuse family and community violence experiencing or witnessing severe accidents natural or technological disasters life-threatening ...
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new clinical treatment that has been scientifically evaluated primarily with trauma survivors. EMDR's originator, Dr. Francine Shapiro, describes the procedure in detail in a recent book, ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders, Part 2
    Anxiety disorders come in many varieties. Descriptions of some of the most common disorders follow: Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is characterized by persistent anxiety unrelated to a specific event. People suffering from GAD cannot help worrying ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Part One
    Anxiety is a normal feeling of uneasiness, concern and apprehension that, when carried to an extreme, can become worry or outright terror. Some amount of anxiety and worrying is a normal and necessary part of life. ...
  • Writing about Trauma Can Produce Health Benefits
    It's well established that talking about traumatic incidents with a therapist, supportive family or friends can be therapeutic, producing improvements in psychological and physical health. People who open up about traumatic events they have experienced ...
  • A Birthmom’s Pain
    Their name is legion, for they are many, and yet no one knows them. A “legion,” in Biblical terms, was a Roman military platoon of 6,000 men. There are probably more than 6,000 of them in ...
  • I Grew Up in Poverty
    I grew up in poverty, in a family of 9 children in rural Maine. We had a small sustenance farm with animals and a very large garden. I have no memories of being hungry, but ...
  • Jennifer’s Story
    I think my problems started at age 3, when my father passed away. My mother said I almost had a mental breakdown, I quit talking, and was in my own little world. That only lasted ...
  • My New Life
    At the age of 23, I woke up one weekday morning with the feeling that something was wrong. I searched my mind. Oh, yes. I remembered. I remembered that I was living a new life; ...
  • The Real Me
    Everyone who cared had tried to help me for so long, but nothing was working. The elders of my church, although they placed no confidence in psychology, didn’t know what else to do. They offered ...
  • Alice’s Story
    My name is Alice and I live in New Zealand, and have lived here all my life. I am 24 years old, although I feel like I am still that small five-year-old girl going ...