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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

I Could Have Been That Girl: Is PTSD Incurable?

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenni Schaefer

"I could have been that girl," author and friend June Alexander wrote to me regarding the recent news coverage about a woman in her twenties who was a...

Can Abuse Be Invisible?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

With horrifying allegations surrounding Rachel Dolezal's family, the subjects of physical and sexual abuse have been making headlines once again. If y...

The Psychology of the Firefighter

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.26.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Contrary to our intuitions, studies find no consistent link between the extent of on-duty trauma experience and the eventual development of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Some firefighters cope poorly, while others with far more horrific experiences remain symptom-free. Why would that be?

Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

Finding The Strength To Overcome My Traumatic Delivery

Amy Przeworski, PhD | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Amy Przeworski, PhD

It was the day I'd been waiting for: I would meet my little girl and become a mom. I expected to experience joy, triumph in my strength as a woman, and overwhelming love as she entered the world. Instead, I experienced my daughter's birth in a state of terror, wondering if I would die.

Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

Joshua Kors | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

The end of "Military Sexual Trauma" and "MST" can happen virtually overnight, provided that each of us commits to keeping those euphemisms out of our mouths and off our computer screens.

How To Get Mental Health Care Right For Today's Veterans

Charles R. Marmar, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2011 | Home
Charles R. Marmar, M.D.

Observations of combat-related stress disorders appear as early as the writings of Homer in descriptions of returning Trojan war veterans. During the ...

In Haiti: Signs of Healing

James S. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James S. Gordon

I'm not quite sure when or even how it happened but Haiti is starting to feel like home. Not in the sense that I have my family with me, or know where...

From Cheerleader to Wounded Vet: Oscar Nominee Sara Nesson Tells One Soldier's Epic Journey

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Sara Nesson's Oscar-nominated film Poster Girl is a breathtaking look at a hidden war, one that leaves far more soldiers dead on the home front, by suicide, than on the battlefield.

Petraeus' Vow to Protect Soldiers: A True Commitment or Empty Promise?

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Since 2001, over 22,600 soldiers have been pressed into signing such documents, affirming a pre-existing condition, making them ineligible for disability benefits, saving the military billions of dollars.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Remembering the Psychological Impact of War, and Doing Something About It

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

What makes it so difficult for us as a nation to recognize and respond to the reality of war for those who serve?

At School: A Place to Help Haitian Children II

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

We keep our sessions as simple and clear as we can: an introduction to fight-or-flight, stress, and trauma, answers to their questions, and three less...