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Month: July 2013

An Interview with Lauren Herman, Primary Therapist

Growing up in Ohio, Lauren Herman had plans to become an elementary school teacher. She moved to Nashville to earn her master’s degree from Vanderbilt, but quickly discovered that her real passion was understanding the psychology behind the children and families she was working with.

Children, Spouses of Military Members at Increased Risk for Mental Disorders

Life in the military often comes at a very high price.  Mental health problems sometimes manifest as part of that price.  Mental health and suicide rates among military members have received quite a bit of attention in recent years – and rightly so. Our nation’s vets sacrifice their physical and emotional well-being to protect their …

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New Study Shows Reactivity to CO2 Could Predict PTSD Vulnerability

Results from a study at the University of Texas at Austin indicate that how a person responds to inhaling carbon dioxide (CO2) could predict how well he or she will cope with some of the stresses of combat. The study follows in the steps of prior research that examined emotional responsiveness to CO2 as a …

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Ending the Nightmare of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The symptoms of PTSD are painful and terrifying. Whether the original traumatic event was a single horrible incident (a natural disaster or a car accident, for example) or a daily life colored by chronic trauma (domestic violence or living in a war zone), when a person develops PTSD, the suffering is profound. Medications may be …

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ERP Therapy: Simultaneous Treatment for Eating Disorders, OCD

Roughly 11 percent to 13 percent of people who receive a diagnosis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder. According to the results of a study published in 2013 in the journal Cognitive Behavior Therapy, people simultaneously affected by an …

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Vigorous Exercise, Team Sports Can Guard Teens Against Suicide

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers in the U.S., ranking only behind accidental death and homicide. While any teenager can develop suicidal tendencies, certain individuals have higher risks than others. Current evidence indicates that regular participation in exercise or organized sports can significantly reduce an adolescent’s chances of thinking about …

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