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Patrick Stewart Gives Passionate Response to Question At Comicpalooza 2013

This was my question to Sir Patrick Stewart at Comicpalooza 2013. I wanted to thank Patrick Stewart for his speech at Amnesty International it personally hel...
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Adult Children Of Alcoholics/ ACAs ACOAs ACODFs Blog: Healing/ Are You A Control Freak?

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U.S. military illegally discharging veterans with personality disorder, report says - The Denver Post

U.S. military illegally discharging veterans with personality disorder, report says - The Denver Post | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Department of Defense has illegally discharged hundreds of veterans in the past decade by not following their own protocols when making a diagnosis of...
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy equally effective across multiple anxiety disorders, study suggests

Cognitive-behavioral therapy equally effective across multiple anxiety disorders, study suggests | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Whether it is a phobia like a fear of flying, public speaking or spiders, or a diagnosis such as obsessive compulsive disorder, new research finds one set of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment works across all anxiety disorders.


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Child Abuse May Change The Brain, Study Says

Child Abuse May Change The Brain, Study Says | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Victims of child abuse may experience changes in their brains similar to those seen in soldiers, according to a new, small study.
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PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse

PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Study shows post-traumatic stress disorder in individuals with a history of childhood abuse is distinct from PTSD related to other causes.

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Gina Stepp's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:29 PM

Some people develop PTSD as a result of experiences in adulthood. But PTSD is different when it's the result of trauma that occurred during important periods for brain development during childhood.  That said, other studies indicate that soldiers are more likely to succumb to PTSD (due to  lower stores of resilience) if they have also suffered childhood abuse. 

AvidDisk's curator insight, May 2, 2013 5:05 PM

PTSD and child abuse - genetic mutations.  Great article!

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Embattled Childhoods May Be the Real Trauma for Soldiers With PTSD - Association for Psychological Science

Embattled Childhoods May Be the Real Trauma for Soldiers With PTSD - Association for Psychological Science | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

New research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood – not combat – may predict which soldiers develop the disorder.


Psychological scientist Dorthe Berntsen of Aarhus University in Denmark and a team of Danish and American researchers wanted to understand why some soldiers develop PTSD but others don’t. They also wanted to develop a clearer understanding of how the symptoms of the disorder progress.


“Most studies on PTSD in soldiers following service in war zones do not include measures of PTSD symptoms prior to deployment and thus suffer from a baseline problem. Only a few studies have examined pre- to post-deployment changes in PTSD symptoms, and most only use a single before-and-after measure,” says Berntsen.

 

The findings challenge the notion that exposure to combat and other war atrocities is the main cause of PTSD.


“We were surprised that stressful experiences during childhood seemed to play such a central role in discriminating the resilient versus non-resilient groups,” says Berntsen. “These results should make psychologists question prevailing assumptions about PTSD and its development.”

 

[Note from Mom Psych: The really surprising thing is that the researchers were surprised. Other researchers have long known that secure attachment in childhood supports resilience (against the effects of stress as well as trauma), and that differences in resilience help explain why some people succumb to mental health issues later in life and others don't.]  See also: http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Trauma-and-Resilience/What-Is-Resilience-GS1001.html ;


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How Child Maltreatment May Scar the Brain | Healthland | TIME.com

How Child Maltreatment May Scar the Brain | Healthland | TIME.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Child maltreatment has a profound effect on the brain — even in kids who are resilient and don't suffer from psychiatric disorders, according to two new studies, one of which found that brain activity in children raised in violent homes resembled...
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Sanctuary for the Abused: What PTSD Sufferers Need Others to Know

Sanctuary for the Abused: What PTSD Sufferers Need Others to Know | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

1 – Knowledge is power. Understanding the process of a triggering event, the psychic reaction to trauma, the warning signs and symptoms of PTSD, and available treatment options for PTSD allows you to help recognize, support and guide your PTSD loved one toward diagnosis, treatment and healing. We need you to be clearheaded, pulled together and informed.

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How PTSD took over America

How PTSD took over America | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The diagnosis is now being applied to everything from muggings to childbirth.

 

Post-traumatic growth is when people come out of trauma having learned new things about themselves and about the world and about their relationship with the world. People develop new philosophies of life. They develop new priorities in life. People learn an awful lot about themselves: their strengths; what they’re good at; having new respect for themselves...

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