Posted 1 January 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Brandon Griffin, Natalie Purcell, Kristine Burkman & Shira Maguen
There has been a growing interest in traumatic events that may violate people’s core moral beliefs. While not exclusively a military-related issue, some service members and veterans attribute chronic and pervasive problems to potentially morally injurious deployment-related experiences such as injuring or killing enemy combatants or failing to prevent the suffering of fellow service members or civilians.
Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Jason DeViva, PhD, and Elissa McCarthy, PhD
Insomnia is an international public health problem associated with functional impairment as well as significant social and economic burdens (Daley et al., 2009; Matteson-Rusby et al., 2010). There is evidence that getting less sleep before a traumatic experience is associated with a higher likelihood of developing PTSD after such exposure (Gehrman et al., 2013).
Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Talia Soto, MS
As a psychology trainee, I have often had discussions about how my emotional reactions when with a client can be a useful indicator of various client factors present in session. Specifically, supervisors have suggested this self-awareness is particularly valuable aiding in the assessment and treatment of dissociative disorders based on a client’s level of connection (or disconnection).
Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Shianne J. Andrew and Jessica L. LaPlant
As college students—especially college students who study and aim to specialize in trauma psychology—we cannot ignore the epidemic of sexual assault that seems to especially permeate university life. Two factors that commonly exacerbate feelings of trauma for survivors are substance abuse and a lack of social support, especially through institutional betrayal. We were interested in the experience of survivors on our own campus.
Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Sophie Brickman
Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Scott Janssen
The challenges for many soldiers returning from war go beyond the potential for PTSD, moral injury, traumatic bereavement and a range of associated risks from increased rates of suicide to a host of physical illnesses.