Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This topic center concerns mental and emotional problems people experience in the wake of ‘trauma’, where trauma is understood to refer to an event involving being a victim of or witness to atrocity, violence, true horror and/or the death of another or near death of ones self. Examples might include rape, murder, torture, accidents, terrorism, etc. DSM describes two trauma disorders: acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder, both of which you may read about in the links to the left of this document. In a nutshell, acute stress disorder occurs in the time frame between just after exposure to a traumatic event to six months later, and posttraumatic stress beginning at the six month point and extending thereafter.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — In The News
Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD, Researchers Find Feb 12, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children who suffer a stroke are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests. The research included 10 fathers and 23 mothers of children and teens who had suffered a stroke, as well as nine stroke patients between... Read More


PTSD May Raise Women's Risk for Diabetes Jan 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with post-traumatic stress disorder seem more likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes, with severe PTSD almost doubling the risk, a new study suggests. The research "brings to attention an unrecognized problem," said Dr. Alexander Neumeister, director of the molecular... Read More


PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth Nov 6, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in... Read More


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Weblog Entries
A New Look Inside The PTSD Brain Nov 5, 2016

Those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience unmitigated anxiety related to a past trauma. With symptoms including intrusive thoughts (unwanted memories), hypervigilance (exaggerated startle response), sleeplessness and emotional outbursts, survivors... Read More


PTSD: Using A Seasoned Approach In A New Way Dec 10, 2013

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we often attach the diagnosis to military veterans. While those who have served our country clearly are at a higher risk of... Read More


Late-Onset PTSD A Growing Concern Nov 22, 2013

We often think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition affecting younger servicemen and women soon after they return home from deployments. But the aging population is illuminating for... Read More