In: ptsd

PTSD Prediction
May 14, 2017

For people who have been exposed to violence or trauma, and who naturally experience some symptoms of anxiety, what approaches are…

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Avoid Intimidation
April 23, 2017

Rick Hanson has written an elegant and timely newsletter article about how to avoid intimidation and fear from paper tigers and…

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Coping with Political Uncertainty
November 15, 2016

Many of the people that I work with on a regular basis have been experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety related…

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Media Violence – Psychological Effects
May 14, 2015

A lot of attention has been focused on the question of whether exposure to media violence is linked to an increase…

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Stress and Trauma as Risk Factors for Bipolar
May 28, 2014

I have long been interested in the relationship between traumatic experiences and bipolar disorder. A couple of years ago I gave…

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Mood Swings – What Causes Them?
May 9, 2014

What causes mood swings? What do we think about when someone says their mood has been “up and down?”Among the most common…

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Passing on PTSD to Children
February 20, 2014

At a recent scientific meeting, Rachael Yehada showed that traits that are related to posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD can be passed…

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Media Makes PTSD Much Worse
February 3, 2014

It was a sunny October day in 1989. Game 3 of the Battle of the Bay baseball World Series between…

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PTSD Psychotherapy Affects Gene Activity
November 7, 2013

Mind-body dualism seems alive and well in the land of mental health. I am still surprised how often someone will…

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Child Abuse Update
September 15, 2013

Twenty years ago the National Research Council (NRC) issued a comprehensive report on child abuse. That report noted that child abuse…

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Childhood Trauma – Brain Effects
August 30, 2013

Experiencing trauma in childhood is associated with changes in the brain during teenage years, according to a study of 117 adolescents…

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Stress and Your Brain
April 21, 2013

Stress has a major affect on our bodies and our brain. The release of catecholamines (adrenaline and related chemicals) and cortisol…

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On the Borderline
March 17, 2013

I am writing a presentation for the UCSF Bipolar Program on the topic of the relationship between Borderline Personality Disorder and…

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10% of Americans Suffered Childhood Sexual Abuse
February 5, 2013

Approximately 10 percent of American adults were sexually abused as children, according to a study reported in Comprehensive Psychiatry. They are more at…

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Reclaim Your Home: Engaging in the World
November 14, 2012

I have always loved what I now call the territorial sports: the cross country skiing, running, hiking, bicycling, etc. These are…

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Retraumatization
November 6, 2012

After nearly 20 years of work in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder, one thing that continues to trouble and baffle…

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Disaster’s Aftermath
November 6, 2012

The recent hurricane that hit New Jersey and New York reminded us of the research on the aftermath of disaster conducted…

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Bad Memories
September 15, 2012

Unstable moods and bad memories seem to go together. In the clinic where many of us work we have noticed how…

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Francine Shapiro: EMDR – A Crazy Idea that Works
September 4, 2012

As a young psychiatrist I was interested in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD – psychological reactions to severe traumatic events) and did…

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