International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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Teaching with the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JOTS): PTSD Over the Life Course

Posted 3 June 2016 in StressPoints by Kathryn Becker-Blease, PhD

Teaching with the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JOTS): PTSD Over the Life Course
Most Introductory psychology books discuss posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a possible consequence of experiencing combat. Students may be curious to know how many members of the military experience PTSD, if it is possible to recover from PTSD, if it’s necessary to directly experience combat to develop PTSD, and how PTSD affects older people.

Trauma and World Literature: We Need New Names

Posted 3 June 2016 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD, and Harold Kudler, MD

Trauma and World Literature: We Need New Names
NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names has received much acclaim. It tells the story of Darling, a ten year old girl living in Zimbabwe as she tries to survive the turmoil and poverty that overtakes her family life during the partial destruction of their society. The novel has much to offer about the complexity of physical and psychological survival in such circumstances. The opening scenes also demonstrate effects added by the rape and pregnancy of one of her preteen friends.