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July 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Should Colleges Be Discussing Current Race Issues In The Classroom?

July 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Black Studies explores the impact of publicized killings of Black men and boys by police shared in social media and viewed by underrepresented college students in the U.S. The study, titled: “The Only Thing New is the Cameras”: A Study of U.S. College Students’ Perceptions of Police Violence on Social Media, found that the majority of college students experienced emotional trauma watching the videos. They shared their fears about being pulled over by police. [More]

July 20, 2020
by Amy Rollo

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The Polyvagal Theory

July 20, 2020 16:21 by Amy Rollo  [About the Author]

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Looking back at the start of the pandemic, I witnessed two things. Shutting down- disengaging and stopping normal activities. Alternatively, doing too much- hoarding toilet paper, fighting people over cleaning wipes, and stocking up on food. Reading the news, it looked like everyone was losing their minds… me included. Understanding the polyvagal theory is helpful in understanding why people function the way they do in times of stress, and also why we as a society, have had a hard time regulating our emotions and behaviors again. [More]

May 19, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Link Between PTSD And Agression

May 19, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects eight per cent of adults in the United States. That means eight million Americans suffer from PTSD annually. Women are more likely to suffer from PTSD than men. While 10 per cent of women develop PTSD at some point in their lives, four per cent of men will experience PTSD. One of the responses to PTSD is anger as well as depression, chronic pain, sleep problems, substance misuse, suicide, and grief. A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience examined the link between traumatic stress and aggression. [More]

April 24, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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COVID-19 Health Care Workers and Mental Health

April 24, 2020 07:58 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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During the 2003 SARS outbreak, health care workers had concerns about infecting others and experienced stigma because they were in close contact with sick patients. A new study in JAMA looked at the mental health of 1,257 health care workers attending to COVID-19 patients in China since COVID-19 is our current concern. A large percentage reported depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. Findings suggest that these health care workers are at a significant risk of developing mental illness. [More]

April 10, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Family Separation at the Border: Who to Blame?

April 10, 2020 07:44 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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According to a human rights experts that performed psychological evaluations with immigrants, they stated that separation of families by immigration officials amounts to torture. In an investigation, “You Will Never See Your Child Again: The Persistent Psychological Effects of Family Separation,” Physicians for Human rights evaluated 17 adults and nine children from Central America who had been separated between 60 and 69 days. [More]

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]

September 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Trauma Be Reversed?

September 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to Dr. James S. Gordon, it can. Dr. Gordon believes trauma touches us all at some point in our lives and that his evidence-based program outlined in his new book, The Transformation, can reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. "The research we’ve done shows that this program is remarkably effective in relieving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder," Dr. Gordon told us. [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]