Women in the Military and PTSD

The statistics about military personnel suffering with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are significant, and all branches of the military are creating and implementing programs to address the needs of our soldiers. According to a 2009 report by the National Center for PTSD, PTSD occurs in around 10% of Gulf War veterans, 20% of Iraq and … Read more

Somatic Experiencing for Soldiers with PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that creates intense emotional issues for people who survive terrifying experiences. For example, soldiers may develop this disorder as a result of combat, because it is an emotional defense mechanism: the brain partially shuts down during intense experiences, possibly to prevent a full nervous breakdown. As a … Read more

Alcoholism and Incest

Incest has devastating psychological effects on both the target and the perpetrator. Children rely on their parents for protection, provision and care, but sexual exploitation from a parent or close family member causes both acute and chronic trauma for children. On the other hand, feelings of frustration and shame often haunt the perpetrators as well. … Read more

What are the DSM Criteria for PTSD?

DSM criteria refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association (ASA) and used as the criteria for classifying mental disorders in the U.S. The DSM is the go-to source for clinicians, researchers, regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and even policy makers … Read more

Treatment for Sexual Trauma and Substance Abuse

Survivors of sexual trauma often self-medicate the effects of their attack through drug and alcohol abuse. These individuals frequently suffer from a form of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and often avoid professional help due to a fear of being stigmatized or doubted. Millions of people have been victimized by traumatic sexual abuse and have yet … Read more