08/05/2016 by Rachel Adams, PhD, MPH and Mary Jo Larson, PhD, MPA
From previous studies of Army men we know that combat exposure leads to increased symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and adjustment problems. However, even though women have comprised approximately 10 percent of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) deployments, we know very little about their combat exposure and the consequences of such exposure.
07/22/2016 by Jillian Shipherd, PhD, Alexis Matza, PhD, and Kristallen Salters-Pedneault, PhD
It’s a pretty common experience to have intrusive cognitions (ICs, or thoughts, memories, and images that are distressing, unwanted, and happen seemingly “out of nowhere”). Lots of people feel like they might be going crazy when that happens, even though ICs happen to almost everyone - even well-trained soldiers in the U.S. Army have this experience. Understanding more about these experiences will help lots of different people, but particularly trauma survivors since ICs are common after trauma, and are a hallmark feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
06/20/2016 by Tara Galovski, PhD
Understanding the mental health effects of shared community violence may shed light on wounds that are less conspicuous than property damage and physical injury. The identification and healing of psychological wounds is a critical component in a suffering community such as Ferguson, MO.