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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, […]

Stress, anxiety and the blues are all feelings that can be expected after a traumatic event, but a more serious condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at play if symptoms like nightmares, avoidance, mood swings and poor concentration persist for more than a month after the triggering event.

By Bethany Winfield, MFT, MA, EMDR I & II, Trauma Therapist at The Ranch Studies show childhood trauma is at the root of many addictions and can also lead to other mental health disorders. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the ways we help people uncover and heal traumatic memories that have […]

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition commonly associated with war veterans or victims of violence. But in truth, “trauma” happens regularly to everyday people living everyday lives. Car accidents, severe illnesses and injuries can all lead to symptoms of PTSD.

Anyone who survives a serious traumatic event can potentially develop symptoms of the mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. However, research shows that survivors of sexual assault have especially strong chances of eventually qualifying for a PTSD diagnosis. If you have the disorder, you may involuntarily relive or re-experience the source of […]

Few PTSD treatment modalities have received as much attention as rapid eye movement therapy. While the name of the treatment may sound obscure, rapid eye movement therapy, also known as EMDR, has been verified by numerous research studies and professional organizations as a treatment that helps PTSD patients.

Unlike the related condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder does not appear to damage the brain’s structure, according to new findings from a team of Hungarian and Israeli researchers. Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a diagnosable mental health condition that appears within the first 30 days of exposure to a highly traumatic […]

New research from a group of American and Australian researchers indicates that people with PTSD have more varied and unpredictable sleeping difficulties than people without PTSD who have diagnosable cases of insomnia.

Military veterans are one of the groups most likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Substantial numbers of veterans affected by PTSD also have diagnosable symptoms of substance use disorder (substance abuse and/or substance addiction). In a study published in 2014 in the journal Mental Health and Substance Use, a team of American […]

A team of British researchers has concluded that the presence of two related emotions—defeat and entrapment—is a prominent source of suicidal risk in post-traumatic stress disorder patients. People affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have heightened chances of thinking about suicide and making suicide attempts. This fact holds true even when the impact of co-existing […]