Trauma News

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

Web-Training Reduces Campus Sexual Assaults

September 16th, 2014
A new study discovers a web-based intervention targeting college-aged men is an effective tool for reducing the number of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses. Researcher in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University assessed the effectiveness of the RealConsent program to ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in 27 out ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...

Bullying Methods Change as Students Age

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests the way students are bullied changes as students’ age with verbal and physical bullying decreasing and cyberbullying increasing. Investigators also discovered non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students transition from ...

Sexual Assault Victims at High Risk of More Assaults

September 8th, 2014
Sadly, new research discovers that female college students who are victims of sexual assault are at a much higher risk of becoming victims again. Researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization ...

Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

September 2nd, 2014
As simple as it sounds, making family dinner with your teen a routine provides a double benefit as the support helps adolescents cope with cyberbullying and improves their overall mental health. Researchers from McGill University studied the association between cyberbullying and mental health ...

Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

August 31st, 2014
Adults who were hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new Australian study. A 30-year follow-up study of childhood burn victims by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for ...

New Research Shows Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment

August 31st, 2014
Sleep quality is critical to the effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, according to a new study. "I think these findings help us understand why sleep disturbances and nightmares are such important symptoms in PTSD," said Sean P.A. Drummond, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry ...