An example of what a functional MRI scan looks like. Brain activation is averaged across 20 PTSD patients compared to healthy controls in an emotion regulation task.
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The brain can do a lot, but it is vulnerable, especially to traumatic events. Over the years, researchers have learned the unique ways in which it is damaged by experiencing or witnessing trauma.
Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings in Parkland, Fla., speaking at a demonstration in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.
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Teen survivors of school shootings face unique complications and challenges. In the wake of two suicides by teen survivors of the shootings in Parkland, Fla, a child psychiatrist exlpains.
The journalist in the XY case covered traumatic cases such as that of Arthur Freeman, who threw his daughter Darcey off West Gate Bridge.
In a landmark ruling by a Victorian court, a former Age journalist has successfully sued for damages after consistently covering traumatic cases in her job.
For many survivors, the news is a relief that has been a long time coming. But for others, this will be a case of too little, too late.
The media frenzy surrounding George Pell's conviction may force victims of child sexual abuse to relive their own trauma.
When adolescents develop stress from trauma and a reliance on drugs or alcohol, both conditions maintain and exacerbate the other.
Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Here's how teachers and parents can support them.
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How books can help veterans overcome physical and mental trauma.
Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Armando Viera, center, consoles an unidentified woman after a motorcade with the body of Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus went by Nov. 8, 2018.
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Mass shootings bring terror in ways that people watching from afar can only imagine. And yet, society at large is also affected, a trauma psychiatrist writes.
To some extent, shell-shock still shapes our understanding of PTSD today.
Quetiapine is increasingly prescribed a sleeping drug.
Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug to treat severe mental illness, but it makes people feel sleepy, so has also been used as a sleeping pill – by prescription and illicitly.
A makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue, Nov. 1, 2018.
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The deaths of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue filled people with sadness and fear. Transforming the grief into meaning is very difficult, a trauma psychologist writes, but ultimately healing.
Does reading about terrorism cause trauma?
After 9/11, academic investigation seemed to seek out trauma rather than signs of resilience.
Dealing with graphic videos and images can harm journalists' mental health.
Facebook moderators sift through hundreds of examples of distressing content during their shifts.
The news that a former moderator is suing Facebook over unsafe work practices suggests it's time we finally took the mental health of moderators seriously.
Achilles mourning the death of his nephew Patroclus.
George Dawe (1803)
PTSD is a relatively modern term, but the symptoms are as old as civilisation itself.
The poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans, many of whom had PTSD, angered Natasha Zaretsky’s Midwestern students.
A scholar raised by leftist San Francisco parents in the 1970s ends up teaching in the heartland, where her students represent a very different kind of politics. What she learns from them is profound.
Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
Bullying isn't just linked to depression and anxiety, it can also lead to more subtle effects such as problems with trust and self-esteem.
Rwandan students on grounds of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village near Rwamagana, in Rwanda., 2014.
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Is it always good to talk about violent pasts? Sixty Rwandan youths participated in a research project that aimed to understand the perspectives of people born of rapes committed during the genocide
A guard walks by toys placed by protesters at a shelter for unaccompanied children in Homestead, Fla.
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Canada's residential school system and the Holocaust offer clear lessons -- that the harm done to migrant children will impact multiple generations of Americans.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.