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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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Eye Movement Therapy

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How EMDR Can Help Heal the Trauma Behind Addiction

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 controlled their lives.

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Miscarriage and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

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Battling PTSD Triggers: The Effects of Sexual Assault

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 your trauma if you’re exposed to anything that triggers memories of that trauma. Fortunately, therapies exist that can help you overcome your sexual assault-related PTSD triggers.

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Rapid Eye Movement Therapy

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How Rapid Eye Movement Therapy Has Helped PTSD Patients

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.

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Unlike PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder Doesn’t Damage Brain

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 event or situation capable of overwhelming the body’s natural stress regulation mechanisms. In a study published in March 2015 in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, researchers from four Hungarian institutions and one Israeli institution sought to determine if people affected by ASD experience the same changes in brain structure that characterize PTSD. These researchers found no evidence of such structural change.

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PTSD-Related Sleep Problems Far Different From Insomnia

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.

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Combination of PTSD, Substance Abuse Leads to Aggression in Many Veterans

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 researchers assessed the level of unusually aggressive behavior in military veterans dealing with both PTSD and diagnosable substance problems. These researchers also identified those affected veterans most susceptible to participation in such behavior.

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Feelings of Defeat, Entrapment Predict Suicide Risk in PTSD Sufferers

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 mental health issues like depression is taken into account. In a study published in January 2015 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers sought to determine the factors that help predict the risks for suicide-related issues in individuals diagnosed with PTSD.

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Recovery From Physical Injury Helps Resolve PTSD Symptoms

People affected by PTSD and certain other mental health problems may see a substantial reduction or complete resolution of their symptoms if they recover from related physical health issues, according to recent results published by a team of American researchers.

Serious, potentially life-threatening physical health problems are known for their ability to act as triggers for the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Critical Care Medicine, researchers from two U.S. universities explored what happens to the PTSD symptoms (and other mental health symptoms) of people who recover from severe physical injury. These researchers concluded that long-term physical recovery significantly improves the odds that affected individuals will no longer have diagnosable related mental health problems.

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