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Research shows that cannabis use by people living with post-traumatic stress disorder may reduce their likelihood of depression and suicide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Cannabis shows potential for treating PTSD: New study

Cannabis use is common among trauma survivors, and may improve some of the symptoms of those with PTSD.
Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do I dwell on the past?

Remembering past events, experiences or emotions is a big part of being human. But if dwelling on the past is distressing, here's what you can do to help.
Moral injury was also found to be one of the greatest challenges faced by UK journalists covering the 2015 refugee crisis. Shutterstock

Moral injury: violating your ethical code can damage mental health – new research

A recent review found moral injury was experienced by a wide range of people in different professions, including journalists, police, teachers and soldiers.
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. Kunlin Xiong et al/PLOS One

Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

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. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

The unique vulnerabilities and needs of teen survivors of mass shootings

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.
Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. David Zalubowski/AP Photo

What mass shootings do to those not shot: Social consequences of mass gun violence

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.
A makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue, Nov. 1, 2018. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

How to make meaning in aftermath of Pittsburgh and other violent acts

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.

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