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Behavioral therapies for PTSD prove effective long after discontinuing treatment, says study

April 26, 2018   0 Comments

Behavioral therapies for PTSD prove effective long after discontinuing treatment, says study

Experiencing a shocking or traumatic event can have a damaging effect on one’s mental health. Fear of danger during or after any traumatic situation is natural. Though most individuals recover from initial problems naturally, those who continue to experience such feelings are more likely to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Now, a new
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Study identifies link between PTSD and lack of specific gut bacteria

November 15, 2017   0 Comments

Study identifies link between PTSD and lack of specific gut bacteria

Some recent medical research has increasingly been focusing on the association of gut microbiota, an intricate and dynamic population of microorganisms in the intestine, with several physical and mental health conditions, including depressive disorders, stress and anxiety. Taking this research further, a new exploratory study by researchers from the Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa
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Count, breathe, relax: Sesame Street teaches children to cope with trauma

October 26, 2017   0 Comments

Cookie Monster looks visibly shaken. To help him calm down, the Count teaches him a simple relaxation technique, “count, breathe, relax.” On being asked how he feels after this exercise, a jubilant Cookie Monster says, “Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed.” The Count tells him to repeat the exercise whenever he is angry
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Dealing with children’s trauma in aftermath of Las Vegas mass shooting

October 9, 2017   0 Comments

Deeply disturbing images and videos of the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 have continuously dominated mainstream as well as social media. The horrific incident in which a gunman opened fire on concertgoers, killing at least 59 people and injuring over 500, is possibly the deadliest mass shooting
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First-of-its-kind study uses machine learning algorithms to predict risk of childhood PTSD

July 26, 2017   0 Comments

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of machine learning (ML) algorithms in health care. It has found application in the areas of heart disease and diabetes along with some rare diseases. However, the predictive ability of ML has not been tested in identifying the risk of childhood post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Identifying PTSD risks
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PTSD in children can be treated in a few hours, says study

July 10, 2017   0 Comments

It is a common belief that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects only war veterans, however, it’s a condition that can develop in anyone who experiences a traumatic incident including children. Previous research has shown the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR) or trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat PTSD in adults. So
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Curbing stress symptoms may reduce risk of chronic PTSD, suggests study

June 16, 2017   0 Comments

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops after an individual is exposed to a traumatic or life-threatening event and often includes symptoms such as panic attacks and flashbacks. While the condition is commonly known to affect soldiers and war veterans, it can also affect civilians, including teenagers and adolescents. An effective treatment
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may help alleviate PTSD symptoms, suggests study

June 8, 2017   0 Comments

Experiencing sudden flashbacks and hearing unexpected noises might seem scary and dreadful. Ever wondered how difficult it can be for someone who experiences such conditions on a regular basis? Undoubtedly, it can become difficult to deal with and might even force the person to become a recluse. Nightmares, flashbacks, and frightening thoughts are some symptoms
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Save the Date: June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day

June 12, 2015   0 Comments


Imagine 10-year-old Tommy attends a friend’s birthday party. The party starts out wonderful and all the children are having a great time. Tommy joins a few others in the bounce house, jumping up and down. At this moment, one of them stops bouncing and falls down. She begins violently shaking and is beginning to have
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Teens and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

April 22, 2015   0 Comments

teens and post-traumatic stress disorder

Being a teenager is a time of transition between childhood and adulthood, bringing with it a unique set of challenges. Yet when this transition is exacerbated by extreme circumstances such as trauma, the unfortunate result may be post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The importance of treating teens for this condition as soon as possible cannot
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