WTC cleanup staff battling PTSD more vulnerable to heart problems, say researchers

WTC cleanup staff battling PTSD more vulnerable to heart problems, say researchers

The terror attack on New York City’s World Trade Center (WTC) complex on Sept. 11, 2001 continues to cause mental problems to New Yorkers. Even more than 16 years after the completion of the cleanup operations at the site of the tragedy, a study suggests that many members of the cleanup crew still grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that may have increased their vulnerability to stroke and heart attack. Continue reading

Ariana Grande opens up about struggle with PTSD a year after Manchester Arena attack

Ariana Grande opens up about struggle with PTSD a year after Manchester Arena attack

American singer and actor Ariana Grande recently revealed her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an interview with British Vogue. The confession came almost a year after a suicide bomber targeted her concert in Manchester, England in 2017, killing 23 people, including the bomber, and injuring 139 others, more than half of whom were children. Continue reading

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

The young girl in room number 1212 was petrified. She could hear the sounds of bullets ricocheting off the walls, endless screams and the throb of footsteps as students ran here and there to dodge the spray of bullets from the AR-15. She also heard the thuds of bodies hitting the floor as she crouched in fear with her teacher and language-arts classmates. It was mayhem outside, and yet no one in Room 1212 dared to voice their fears. By the time the lone gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended, 17 had died and many others injured. Only the inmates of Room 1212 escaped without a scratch; yet the impact on their minds was immense. Continue reading

Kent State University receives $2.7 million to study effect of traumatic injuries on depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar

Kent State University receives $2.7 million to study effect of traumatic injuries on depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar

To study the effect of traumatic injuries on psychiatric health, the Kent State University, Ohio, recently received $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to gain a better understanding of factors that fuels the onset of depression and other affective disorders like anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. Continue reading

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund, the $86 million Bitcoin charity started by an anonymous donor, has pledged $4 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) till March 10, 2018. The donation would be of great help to the nonprofit research organization, which is in want of fund to start the next phase of the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

How PTSD affects physical health

How PTSD affects physical health

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Susan Pease Banitt                                                                        

Author, therapist and trauma expert, Susan Pease Banitt has rightly said that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can have an incapacitating effect on a person’s mental and physical health. There is no greater anguish than being traumatized by a nerve-racking event, day and night, taking the serenity away from an individual’s life. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Identifying hidden PTSD in teenagers

PTSD Awareness Month: Identifying hidden PTSD in teenagers

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is commonly believed to affect only war veterans. However, this does not hold true. PTSD is a severe mental health condition that can affect adults, teens and kids when they are exposed to a traumatic or terrifying incident such as, physical harm, sexual assault, violence or a life-threatening situation. Continue reading

National PTSD Awareness Day: Post-traumatic stress disorder may cause rheumatoid arthritis in women

National PTSD Awareness Day: Post-traumatic stress disorder may cause rheumatoid arthritis in women

Not all memories are sweet. Some memories leave behind terrible impact on the life of the sufferer, which can lead to a permanent scar on his/her mind. Traumatic events such as commonplace misfortunes, natural disasters, being trapped in a war zone, witnessing bloodshed or death of a loved one can be few reasons for distress which can affect a person’s life. These traumatic situations can give rise to a mental disability called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Need to screen patients at inpatient psychiatric facility for symptoms of PTSD

Need to screen patients at inpatient psychiatric facility for symptoms of PTSD

A person experiencing a distressing event has the chance of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About 7-8 percent of the American population will be afflicted with PTSD at some point in their lives, as per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), women are in a greater likelihood of suffering from this disorder than men. Continue reading

Identifying and treating PTSD

Identifying and treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) initially developed from the struggle of Vietnam War veterans suffering and coping with the psychological and physiological after-effects of combat. The National Institute of Mental Health describes PTSD as an anxiety disorder which develops after a traumatic event and it can be caused by various types of traumatic experiences. Child abuse, incest, domestic violence, exposure to death and dying, auto collision, repeated physical abuse, repeated mental abuse, medical complications and/or surgery are all situations which can result in PTSD. Continue reading