Traumatic events can stop the brain storing the context in which they took place.
Brain imaging study shows that we forget the context in which a traumatic event take place which could be crucial to avoiding negative loops.
Just over 10% of those who served in Afghanistan now have an accepted war-related disability.
If past wars are a guide, the toll of disability will continue to rise for many decades to come.
The French flag flies over flowers, candles and messages in tribute to victims outside the Le Carillon restaurant a week after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, France last November.
It is probably not a surprise that a terror attack can have a major impact on people's mental health. But what sort of effects are common, and how long do they last?
External enhancements of memory may soon go high-tech.
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Could the not-too-distant future hold "brain chip" technologies that we could all use to enhance our memories to the point of perfection? Not so fast: there are big benefits to forgetting.
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder requires conditions better than refugees in Germany are experiencing.
The experience and situation of many of the refugees precludes successful treatment of PTSD due to the nature of the disorder and what it requires to ease.
Repeated trauma in childhood appears to change children’s enduring hormonal function and their subsequent brain development.
A bill that would release the 112 children currently in immigration detention in Australia will soon go before the House of Representatives. So what should MPs consider when casting their votes?
First responders are usually resilient.
First responders are hugely resilient – but here's what to do when the memories become too much.
A new study has found returned service people who underwent mindfulness-based therapies had a sharper short-term decline in PTSD symptoms than those undergoing other conventional therapies.
Melbourne man Jan Laczynski (right), who lost five friends in the Bali bombings meets Nasir Abbas, who trained the bombers.
Would you meet with the people found responsible for the deaths of your family members or friends?
Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka, 24, is rescued by the French, Israeli and Norwegian rescue teams from a collapsed building six days after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30 2015.
People working in this field often view themselves with a "person-of-steel" mentality – placing themselves in peril by ignoring their own needs.
What is obscured in our understanding of returned servicemen’s problems is the private pain of families who bear the brunt of these psychological strains.
Australia has continually faced a returned soldier crisis. This is something that marked men returning from all the wars of modern memory – from the Great War to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Medical opinion soon came to regard symptoms of ‘shell shock’, as exhibited by the solider at bottom left, as psychological in origin.
For contemporaries and later for historians, shell shock came to encapsulate all the horror of a new form of industrialised warfare.
It’s normal to feel distressed after a such an attack, but this generally reduces in the following days and weeks.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
People in Sydney and the broader community are feeling shocked, anxious, and sad about the actions of a lone, unstable person that led to the tragic loss of lives in the siege early this week. But there’s…
To your health.
In 1954, the first director-general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Brock Chisholm, famously stated: “Without mental health there can be no true physical health.” More than half a century later, we…
Disclosing mental illness in the office can be difficult. But it doesn’t need to be.
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Deciding to disclose information about a non-obvious disability at work is complicated and potentially risky, no matter what you do for a living. For people with a mental health issue, like bipolar disorder…
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires.
AAP Image/Joe Castro
Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…
People with complex trauma appear like they are always anticipating or responding to a threat.
Experiencing trauma has significant implications for mental health. We’ve known this for some time but particularly since the early 1970s after observing and studying the effects of war on American servicemen…
Ajax fighting off the Trojans.
Antiquariat Dr. Haack Leipzig
The current understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is like an academic echo of the famous song Universal Soldier. The song imagines the warrior as timeless, unchanging, universal. According…
It’s no secret that yoga can aid mental well-being. What is more, it can help soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress…
Children in Gaza are caught in the crossfire of the conflict.
I was approached to write this piece a few weeks back. Everyday matters took precedence: a family visit, work deadlines, an imminent house move. Yesterday, after saying I didn’t have time to write it…