Adult Therapy for Childhood Traumas
© Yuri Samoilov

Could childhood trauma, abuse or neglect be the root cause of your substance abuse or unhappiness in adulthood? Learn how to recognize adult symptoms of complex childhood traumas and learn what types ...

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How Adverse Childhood Experiences Lead to Adult Addiction © Pink Sherbet Photography

Part 1 of a 2-part article on how childhood trauma leads to lifelong challenges – like addiction and other mental and behavioral health problems. Also, how to know if childhood trauma affects someone you love.

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Wake of Trauma © seyed mostafa zamani

Feeling stressed and anxious after a disaster is normal. Here is some information on what feelings are normal after a disaster, with tips on managing and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety - and also, information on when to get professional help for serious stress or mental health symptoms.

Should You Try EMDR for PTSD? A Review of the Research Evidence © Dave-F

How well does EMDR really work to treat PTSD? Read on to see a review of some of the latest research evidence on the effectiveness of EMDR and other treatments for PTSD.

Trained Service Dogs Reduce PTSD Symptoms © Slambo_42

Like seeing eye dogs but for those suffering from PTSD symptoms, service dogs are ever vigilant so you don’t have to be, they are trained to wake you from nightmares, block others from intruding into your personal space, watch your back and even give you a doggy hug during moments of intense anxiety. While there is little research on the relatively new idea of pairing those with PTSD with service dogs, those who are already benefiting from this canine companionship say it makes a world of difference – that it can be a literal lifesaver.

Helping Children Cope after a Disaster © United Nations Development Programme

A guide to how children feel and act after experiencing a disaster and what parents can do to minimize fear and other harms.

Watching the devastation in Haiti, worrying intensely about the well being of affected friends or family or grieving the loss of loved ones can be very tough for anyone; and stress disorders are a legitimate risk, even for people only watching the tragedy on TV – but for those with an existing mental heath disorder, the risks of PTSD are even greater.

Although the closer you are and the more directly affected by a traumatic event the greater your risk of a stress disorder like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people who witness very traumatic events can also experience stress disorders, as can people who only watch the events unfold on TV.

How to Support Someone with a Family Member in Haiti © United Nations Development Programme

Many of us know someone deeply affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Even thousands of miles from the devastation, we can see the pain and worry in the faces of those we care about as they watch and wonder, or grieve, friends and family left behind in Port au Prince.

People who survived the earthquake in Haiti, whether in or out of Haiti, may be at risk of survivor guilt, which can be one symptom of a stress disorder.

Dealing with Grief after a Disaster – The Risk of ‘Complicated Grief’ © United Nations Development Programme

While few things hurt like the sudden loss of a loved one, grief is a necessary and ultimately healthy process. Unfortunately, people who lose family and friends to disasters may be at an increased risk of a disorder known as traumatic or complicated grief.

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  • PTSD: While in time, most people will recover (emotionally) from a traumatic event, some people who experience a trauma will experience lasting disturbances, such as flashbacks and numbness, that don't go away without treatment.
  • Helping Kids after a Trauma: What's scary to adults can be terrifying to kids - help children recover by returning to a normal routine as soon as possible, explaining (as much as you can) what happened and by letting children take part in any recovery efforts.
  • Grief: While by nature a painful process, feelings of grief should subside in time. If you deal with feelings of grief that don't seem to get better and that interfere with your ability to function, you may have complicated grief and may benefit from professional assistance.
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External Links
What You Should Know About Natural Disasters Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Helping Survivors in the Wake of Disaster U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Disaster Mental Health A comprehensive collection of articles, links, and handouts about disaster mental health.
Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center Contains resources and toolkits that are pertinent to the disaster behavioral health field
Tips for Talking About Disasters SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
ReliefWeb The world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach Volunteer psychiatrists who bring care to victims at disaster sites.
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