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Childhood Trauma Leaves Legacy of Brain Changes

Painful experiences early in life can alter the brain in lasting ways. A difficult reality for psychiatrists and counselors of child abuse is that young victims are at high risk of becoming offenders themselves one day, although it’s unclear why. But now a team of behavioral geneticists in Switzerland report a …

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PTSD Symptoms- Trigger

I completed this piece after a late night flashback night-terror from my time deployed. I’ve found that recognizing what happens to our bodies during and after flashbacks is important for our struggle. Just putting our struggle to paper, be it in writing or art, is so important.

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Military Spouses: Don’t Waste Your Benefits (PTSD)

  As a new military spouse, the lifestyle can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and remember. I remember those early days. Between working full time and taking 3 or 4 college classes at night, I didn’t have time for much else. I didn’t participate in much on …

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20 Signs of Unresolved Trauma

Many people enter the therapy process with minimal awareness of their trauma history.  When the trauma survivors are dissociative, they have the ability to block out an awareness of their trauma.  They may know that their family had problems, or that their family was dysfunctional, etc, but they may believe …

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New Trauma Therapy May Help Yazidi Survivors Of ISIS Massacre

The Islamic State militant group’s rampage through northern Iraq over the past year has left a deeply traumatized population in its wake. Survivors’ needs are so overwhelming that organizations are coming up with creative ways to help. “I know 70-year-olds who cannot sleep, women who are afraid when a man asks, …

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Why I Felt Guilty After Being Diagnosed With PTSD

When we think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, we often think of soldiers or those who have seen severe disaster. Of course, those who serve our country have sacrificed so much. But, we don’t often talk about the everyday people who have PTSD because of their experiences in seemingly safe …

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PTSD: The Illness I Couldn't See

I grew up thinking an “illness” was either fever or croup. Illness was a stuffy nose — a sick-day, an excuse to miss a day of school. At 18 years old, “illness” took on an entirely different meaning. Illness meant waking up from a coma, learning that my stomach exploded, …

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