Complex PTSD (c-PTSD) occurs as a result of exposure to repeated and prolonged trauma, and affects up to 7.3% of the population. Researchers discuss how c-PTSD differs from PTSD, and provide insight on how the disorder can be treated.
The severity of PTSD symptoms was associated with fewer risky choices and increased activation of the amygdala. Decreased activity in the ventral striatum, an area of the brain associated with processing positive valence such as reward, predicted more severe PTSD symptoms 14 months post trauma.
Study finds a link between post-traumatic brain activity and an increase in anxiety symptoms six months after a traumatic event.
Young people who experienced complex early life trauma as a result of interpersonal violence or child abuse had more severe mental health problems and cognitive impairments than their peers with no exposure to trauma.
PTSD in trauma survivors is associated with an increased risk of complicated grief following the death of loved ones. Complicated grief is marked with symptoms of grief lingering and worsening over time, rather than fading.
A new study reports certain horror movies, such as the Halloween series, focus on the cycles of trauma and how it connects to the experience of survivors. Researchers say how the movies deal with trauma is indicative of how trauma is treated in the real-world setting, where the experience is often not acknowledged by others and victims are provided limited support for healing.
Direct exposure to the California wildfires increased the risk of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
A single dose of psychedelic treatments can help alleviate symptoms of depression, stress, and trauma in those who have experienced racial injustice.
Changes in the rhythms of our stomachs force us to turn away from visual stimuli we find disgusting.
Increasing time spent sleeping immediately following a traumatic event can help to significantly reduce the effects of trauma.