01/28/2017 by Ervin Gül, PhD & A. Nuray Karanci, PhD
Experiencing traumatic life events, such as natural disasters, accidents, life-threatening illnesses, torture, sexual and/or physical violence, unexpected death of loved ones, terrorist attacks, and many more, are unfortunately quite prevalent in the lifetime of adults. Every experience seems to be a different story, the story being shaped by the individuals’ history, characteristics and the how they cope with the event and the meaning they give to the event. Thus, the psychological consequences of these events may be dissimilar for everyone.
01/28/2017 by Marianne Skogbrott Birkeland, PhD
Why do two people who experience the same trauma react completely differently? Specifically; Who recovers spontaneously from trauma, and who develops lasting symptoms of posttraumatic stress? For most people, posttraumatic stress symptoms decline gradually during the first year after the traumatic exposure. Nonetheless, a significant number of people exposed to trauma develop posttraumatic stress symptoms that last for years and require support from clinical and public health professionals.
12/09/2016 by Janeese Brownlow, PhD & Richard Ross, MD, PhD
Disturbed sleep is a core feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sleep disturbances, in the form of chronic insomnia and recurrent nightmares, are a frequent residual complaint after successful PTSD treatment.