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November 12, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Former Military Medic And Paramedic Hopes Memoir On PTSD Helps People Know They Are Not Alone

November 12, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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For Matthew Heneghan, author of the newly released memoir, A Medic’s Mind, writing became a way of letting the poison out. “I was not gifted with a natural ability to write,” Heneghan told us. “I merely endured the experiences required to give my soul the time it needed to learn how to cry. What you see on paper or page are not letters and phrases from me...they’re tear drops.” [More]

July 30, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Women With Dissociative PTSD Have Higher Levels Of Stress Hormones

July 30, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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“The neuroendocrine system, which produces cortisol, plays a significant role in stress responses,” study author Dr. Yang Li told us. “When stress occurs, cortisol is released and fights off stress. Oxytocin can help the cortisol levels return to the normal level. If these two hormones work well and interact well, women will be more likely to be resilient when traumatic events happen. Otherwise, if these two hormones do not function well and interact well, women will be more likely to develop PTSD after exposure to traumatic stress events. Childhood trauma is the root of problem, as it causes damage to the two stress-related systems.” [More]

May 28, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Do Some Children Develop PTSD While Others Do Not?

May 28, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study from the University of East Anglia, published in the Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry looked at how common post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is in children and adolescents in the initial weeks and months following a trauma. “Why do some young people show no clinically significant PTSD symptoms early on,” study lead researcher, Dr. Richard Meiser-Stedman told us, “while others show a significant reaction?” [More]

May 7, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Findings Explain Why Exposure Therapy For PTSD Might Not Work For Everyone

May 7, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Traumatic experiences create long-lasting memories that can negatively impact our lives in a myriad of ways. A common treatment to overcome fear is called exposure therapy, or fear extinction, where patients are repeatedly confronted with the source of the fear. This typically is effective at dampening the fearful response, however, the original fear tends to relapse outside of the clinic, limiting the effectiveness of the treatment. Anthony F. Lacagnina and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin wanted to know how the brain changes to adapt to extinction training, and what happens when relapse occurs. [More]

September 25, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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Veteran Shares How Accelerated Resolution Therapy Helped Him Overcome PTSD

September 25, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the United States’ Veterans Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur in individuals who have witnessed combat. Research shows that in excess of 20% of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD. For some, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) may be the answer. [More]

August 14, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Seeking Normalcy Amidst Waves of PTSD with ART

August 14, 2015 07:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt  [About the Author]

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What might peace of mind be like? Veterans like Dennis Parker who have had to fight for PTSD treatment (Bjornstad, 2015) have waited many long years for an opportunity to find out. What would it be like for them to experience relief from trauma symptoms after 3-5 treatment sessions? It sounds too good to be true, yet that is what most clients receiving Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) are experiencing. So, what is Accelerated Resolution Therapy? [More]