PTSD and Moral Injury

Moral injury is a term mental health professionals use to describe involvement in or exposure to events that violate a person’s preexisting code of moral conduct. Current evidence indicates that the presence of moral injury can potentially increase the chances that a person will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of a seriously…

Stress at Home, Not Combat, at Root of Alcoholism Among National Guard Vets

The onset of alcohol use disorder (alcohol abuse/alcoholism) is one of the most likely diagnosable mental health consequences of military service. Just like full-time military personnel, risks for the disorder affect National Guard personnel called up for active duty. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers…

PTSD Sufferers Use More Medical Marijuana, Study Finds

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a well-known mental health condition that doctors can diagnose 30 days or more after a person goes through certain highly stressful, life-changing experiences. Individuals affected by this condition can experience a range of symptoms that seriously interfere with their ability to function or feel mentally/emotionally secure. In a study published…

Why Do Some People Develop Delayed PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating response to life-threatening events that occurs in a significant minority of adults and children. Established guidelines prevent doctors from diagnosing PTSD until 30 days after a traumatic event. However, some people develop a delayed form of the disorder and don’t display any symptoms for a number of…

How to Manage Trauma in the Workplace

School shootings, office violence, threats against co-workers – these are becoming regular headlines. Such dire circumstances are indeed traumatic, but the workplace does not need to be the center of such extreme danger in order to be a place where trauma affects the job. Projected layoffs, sexual harassment, theft, natural disaster and domestic violence can…