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Dissecting the Controversy about Early Psychological Response to Disasters and Trauma

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Right now in Oklahoma, first responders and volunteers are pulling out the stops to mobilize all the help they can, including psychological support. They’ll be able to rely on people’s great reserves of generosity and resilience. Devastating tornadoes have a lot in common with other major traumas, like life-threatening accidents, the Boston bombing and the [...]

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How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist

Several years ago I was doing some research on the differential effects on psychotherapists of working with patients who were dealing with the aftereffects of  traumatic histories.  It is well known that some therapists who work over long periods of time with trauma victims, particularly survivors of sexual abuse/violence, are afflicted with what is variously [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

How to Erase Bad Memories

Courtesy of R. Douglas Fields.

I’ll never forget it. They strapped electrodes to my wrist, cranked up a black dial on a frightening electronic device encrusted with switches and knobs, and shocked me repeatedly with jolts of electricity. No, this was not torture and the memory is not a traumatic one. I was inside the laboratory of Dr. Daniela Schiller, [...]

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Observations

Psychological “Growth” through War and Disease: Sometimes It’s Just a Cruel Delusion

  A week ago, The New York Times magazine ran an article on what psychologists call “posttraumatic growth.” An experience that can purportedly occur subsequent to severe life trauma, it might be best titled “The Oprah Moment” for non-clinicians. It entails an arduous life experience—combat, cancer—that, once confronted, is said to engender psychological transformation that [...]

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Observations

One in 10 veterans returns from combat in Iraq reporting serious mental health issues

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Veterans of war have been known to suffer from high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and traumatic brain injury in addition to any physical wounds. And a new study of thousands of U.S. Army soldiers returning from combat duty in Iraq found up to 31 percent reported symptoms of PTSD or depression as [...]

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Talking back

Sleep Hits the Reset Button for Individual Neurons

A little shuteye refreshes. Right, but what does that really mean? Not talking here about leaping out of bed ready for a five-mile run upon awakening, but rather about what’s happening at the level of individual brain cells deep inside your head. A new study by R. Douglas Fields, a pioneer in researching out-of-the-mainstream  brain [...]

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