What you need to know about the relationship between PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction are two very different challenges that are sometimes experienced at the same time. People are often curious about the ways that these two struggles overlap.  There are actually several ways that PTSD and substance use go together. Substances as a solution People who have PTSD struggle with anxiety and … Read moreWhat you need to know about the relationship between PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse

Serving Those Who Have Served: Caring for veterans and their companion animals

“Thank you for your service!” How many of us have offered these words of appreciation when we see a service member in uniform? And they are appropriate, albeit vastly insufficient words. But as I was perusing Upworthy on Veteran’s Day morning, I came across stories of two amazing organizations that are expressing their appreciation to … Read moreServing Those Who Have Served: Caring for veterans and their companion animals

Psychotherapy Changes the Brain, Too: A Look at PTSD Treatment

It has become fashionable nowadays in psychotherapy circles to talk about neuroscience and interventions that target the brain. Some writers refer to this bias as “neurocentrism,” the notion that our behavior is best explained by locating it in the brain. There’s a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) … Read morePsychotherapy Changes the Brain, Too: A Look at PTSD Treatment

The Ecstasy and the Agony: Using MDMA to treat PTSD

My aunt alerted me to a recent New York Times article on the use of MDMA (known as the street drug Ecstasy) to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I’ve written about research on the use of another drug used recreationally, ketamine, in the treatment of depression and bipolar, so I decided to check out the … Read moreThe Ecstasy and the Agony: Using MDMA to treat PTSD

Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Unfortunately, mental struggles are often given scant attention in the media. Many people are surprised to learn that others struggle with the same difficulties. Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been getting more media attention lately because of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I was pleased to learn that the secretary for Department … Read moreRecognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

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