Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Jack C. Lennon
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) co-occur at a significantly high rate, with estimates of PTSD and alcohol use disorder comorbidity ranging between 36 percent and 52 percent (Mills, Teesson, Ross, & Peters, 2006). Within the literature exists strong evidence of fundamental neurological and neuropsychological correlates of this comorbidity, each condition subject to the physiodynamic synergism of their coexistence. Neuroanatomical structures such as the dorsal and rostral anterior cingulate cortices (ACC), as well as the amygdala, have been implicated as bases for the seemingly adaptive self-medication of hyperarousal and other trauma-related states (Loflin, Earleywine, & Bonn-Miller, 2017; Vujanovic, Bonn-Miller, & Petry, 2016).
Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Nicole A. Sciarrino, MA, MS
I pursued doctoral training with a goal to deepen my understanding in the conceptualization and treatment of trauma-related difficulties, and ultimate aim of becoming a well-rounded trauma psychologist. My graduate school experiences provided me with unique opportunities to develop my therapy skills in treating trauma-exposed individuals. However, it was not until beginning my internship training within a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital that I became aware of the extent to which I had only begun to scratch the surface in my knowledge about the treatment of trauma-related conditions.
Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Chelsea M. Cogan, MA
At the time, I did not know how I would incorporate this advice into my life, but I knew the advice was important. A few short months later, I arrived at graduate school, eager to begin down my career path to being a clinical psychologist contributing to the field of traumatic stress. As with other students in a variety of programs, I quickly realized graduate school is a never-ending supply of opportunities to grow as a person, clinician, and researcher.
Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Ryan Holliday, PhD, and Lindsey L. Monteith, PhD
Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as sexual harassment or sexual assault experienced by military personnel during their service (U.S. Government, 2014). Experiencing MST has been linked to a number of adverse consequences, including psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder), physical health conditions (e.g., liver disease, chronic pulmonary disease), as well as increased risk for suicidal ideation, attempts, and suicide (Kimerling, Gima, Smith, Street, & Frayne, 2007; Kimerling, Makin-Byrd, Louzon, Ignacio, & McCarthy, 2016; Monteith et al., 2016).
Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD
Ashley Shelby’s novel, South Pole Station, tells the story of an acclaimed young painter, Cooper, whose career had been on a downward spiral concomitant with the appearance of her brother’s schizophrenia symptoms which led to his suicide. As the novel begins, she is on a path to win an artist’s fellowship to the U.S. South Pole scientific facility. Shelby insightfully explores a variety of themes including the effects of severe mental illness on family, interpersonal interactions in a closed environment, the emotional nature of the politics of science, and the vicissitudes of intergenerational fealty and rivalry.