Comorbid PTSD PTSD comorbid with other psychiatric disorders is actually much more common than uncomplicated PTSD. PTSD is usually associated with at least one other major psychiatric disorder such as depression, alcohol or substance abuse, panic disorder, and other anxiety disorders.
What types of trauma are associated with Complex PTSD? During long-term traumas, the victim is generally held in a state of captivity, physically or emotionally, according to Dr. Herman (1). In these situations the victim is under the control of the perpetrator and unable to get away from the danger.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.
Psychological trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions, in which: The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed, or The individual experiences (subjectively) a threat to life, bodily integrity, or sanity.
Historical Trauma Book List (PDF) — See our book list of relevant texts that explore the complexities of historical trauma from a variety of diverse perspectives. Historical Trauma Research Article List (PDF) — Research articles that examine historical trauma and cultural healing. Presentations from researchers and professionals on historical trauma and cultural healing (PDF).
Natural disasters often result in mass cases of PTSD for survivors. Trauma as a result of natural disasters is particularly insidious because it tends to traumatize large populations of people at once, and can result in epidemics of Survivor Guilt and other PTSD symptoms.
In 2009, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in the US sent the DSM a proposal to include a new ‘Developmental Trauma Disorder’ in their framework, that would capture the reality of children who grow up with so called ‘silent abuse’ issues, including psychological abuse and emotional neglect.
How Is PTSD Unlike a Normal Stress Response? Everyone deals with stress at some point or other in life. Whether in response to a physical threat or to a perceived social or emotional risk, the stress response is the body’s way of preparing to face or flee from danger.
Grief After Traumatic Loss Recently a reader emailed us and asked if we’d write a post about grieving a violent death. She’d been looking around the Internet for resources and information on the topic and had noticed the literature was a little light.
Uncomplicated PTSD involves persistent reexperiencing of the traumatic event, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, emotional numbing, and symptoms of increased arousal. It may respond to group, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, pharmacological, or combination approaches.
Community violence is interpersonal violence perpetrated by individuals who are NOT intimately related to the victim . Usually occurs without warning and comes as a sudden and terrifying shock . Includes sexual assault, burglary, mugging, the sound of gunshots, presence of gangs, drug abuse, racial tension, and other forms of social disorder .
Victim or Witness to Community Violence Extreme violence in the community, including exposure to gang-related violence, interracial violence, police and citizen altercations, and other forms of destructive individual and group violence is a recognized form of trauma.
Refugee Trauma There is an estimated total of 51.2 million individuals forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations . Traumatic experiences include, but are not limited to, war violence, forced isolation, torture, threats to life (individual and family members), and rape.