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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 […]

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide rates increased in 49 states between 1999 and 2016, with 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016. Since 2008, suicide has ranked as the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in the U.S. Alarmingly, suicide became the second leading cause of death among those aged […]

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 […]

By Deborah V. Gross, MD, Psychiatrist at The Ranch Mississippi What we experience early in life can influence our future responses. A psychologically traumatic event from your past may impact how you think, feel and behave today. That’s how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. While addiction is an illness of the brain, PTSD is more […]

Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and have yet to find relief with traditional therapy, may want to consider trying two relatively new treatment methods called somatic experiencing and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Both therapies aim to induce healing by allowing the brain to properly process traumatic events.

Sexual assault is one of the most terrifying experiences anyone can endure. Whether it stems from early childhood or happens as an adolescent or an adult, it leaves an indelible mark.

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 […]

Ghosts will be in plain view as Halloween rolls around, but most of the time these mythical disembodied spirits are known for being invisible, unpredictable, out of control and frightening. In fictional tales, and on reality television, they wreak havoc to get your attention.

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 […]

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.