Friday, December 30, 2016

Mrs. M would never forget that day. She was walking along a busy road next to the vegetable market when two goons zipped past on a bike. One man’s hand shot out and grabbed the chain around her neck. The next instant, she had stumbled to her knees, and was dragged along in the wake of the bike. Thankfully, the chain snapped, and she got away with a mildly br...

Monday, December 26, 2016

We all have an inner child within us.

An inner child who was, at some point, abused, traumatized, wounded, either intentionally or inadvertently by someone, more often than not, who held the power to protect us.

We all have an inner child within us.

Mine is named “Little one.” Little one is small and fragile. She is around five years old.  She likes to play alo...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Vanessa Chaney waves to her husband, David Chaney, who is participating in Veterans Immersion Program, at Georgia Aquarium on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Atlanta.


Mike Hilliard was clearing IEDs in central Iraq near Camp Falcon in 2006 when he was shot in the head.

The bullet, from an AK-style rifle, somehow grazed off his helmet. “Only the chinstrap r...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Charleston, SC (Scicasts) — As families gather for the holidays this year, many will reminisce, sharing fond memories as they break bread and pass the cranberry sauce. They are the lucky ones. Others who carry memories too painful or too horrific to share will do whatever they can to forget, including turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Many who have be...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who participated in in Tai Chi not only would recommend it to a friend, but also found the ancient Chinese tradition helped with their symptoms including managing intrusive thoughts, difficulties with concentration and physiological arousal.

The findings, which appear in the journal BMJ Open, are...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A euphoria-inducing drug commonly known as ecstasy is one step closer to becoming a clinical tool in the battle against treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder.

Plans to conduct phase three clinical trials on MDMA are moving ahead after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted permission on Wednesday, according to Brad Burge, a spoke...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recent brain research has revealed new clues to better guide us in the process of resolving traumatic memories. The key is called a mismatch experience.

As I discussed in the first part of this article (“Healing Traumatic Memories, Part 1”), the key is to evoke a mismatch experience within 10 minutes to 5 hours of recalling the traumatic memory. A mismatch ex...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Can you really eliminate the fear and distress associated with a traumatic memory? Until recently, researchers weren’t sure, but significant discoveries are now improving the way therapists treat traumatic memories.

Extinction therapies such as prolonged exposure have long been the gold standard for treating fears, trauma, and phobias. However, people often d...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Although both group and individual therapy can ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in active-duty military service members, individual therapy relieved PTSD symptoms better and quicker, according to a study led by a Duke University School of Medicine researcher.

The randomized clinical trial is the largest to date to examine an evidence-based...

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