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Posted in Articles, Mental Health, Trauma and PTSD

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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The Relationship Between PTSD & Suicide

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 […]

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

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 latest tragedies in Las Vegas and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs,Texas. The Nov. 14 shooting in Rancho Tehama, California, resulted in five deaths, including the shooter’s wife. In addition, at least 10 people were wounded. It is blatantly clear gun violence imparts a horrific loss of life, but what happens to survivors?

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Posted in Mississippi, Trauma and PTSD

The Complex Nature of Trauma Treatment

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 of an injury to the brain—something from the outside that happened to the person. In fact, we have evidence from the research of psychiatrists, like Bessel van der Kolk, that psychological trauma actually damages the anatomy of the brain. Some behavioral health professionals even prefer the term post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) over PTSD.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

If Nerves Could Talk: How PTSD Is Stored in Our Bodies and How to Treat It

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.

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Posted in Sexual Harassment, Trauma and PTSD

Sexual Assault & PTSD

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.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

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 PTSD.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

How Emotional Trauma Can Be Like a (Scary) Ghost

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.

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Horse Therapy for Domestic Abuse Victims

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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 victims of domestic violence are no exception.

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Trending: Complementary and Alternative PTSD Treatments

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.

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