Rumbled bed sheets from PTSD nightmare experience

How to Treat PTSD Nightmares

Sleep is meant to be restful and restorative. PTSD nightmares can make it terrifying and exhausting. Around 80% of people with PTSD struggle with nightmares, according to some research. PTSD nightmares are different than your run-of-the-mill bad dreams. They’re intrusive and cause severe anxiety. PTSD nightmares interfere with daytime functioning and may occur several times…

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PTSD Treatment and Medication: What Are the Options?

Every case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is unique from a biological, psychological and social standpoint. Medications that work for one person may not be as effective for someone else. Some studies suggest cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a more effective PTSD treatment than medication, although few head-to-head comparisons have been done. Some people prefer talk therapy, while…

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Trauma After Gun Violence: The Survivors

Since the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School through October 2017, about 1,518 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S., resulting in at least 1,715 deaths and 6,089 people wounded. As of early November, 53,036 gun violence incidents in 2017 caused 13,324 deaths and 27,249 injuries. These statistics include victims of the…

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Sweat Lodge Therapy for Veterans

Making progress in therapy when you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be tough. Medications often provide only limited relief and the coping skills you learned in psychotherapy can be hard to use in the midst of a flashback. Sweat lodge therapy may be just the right alternative treatment for returning veterans struggling to overcome…

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Horse Therapy for Domestic Abuse Victims

Horse therapy is a unique form of animal-assisted therapy. It is an experiential therapy, meaning that progress is made through hands-on activities. Horse therapy has been beneficial for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and even substance use disorder. Horses seem to have an uncanny ability to reveal dramatic truths to people, and…