Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress (abbreviated from the term for its clinical diagnosis, PTSD) describes the severe mental and emotional disturbance that can result from experiencing or even witnessing a traumatic event or series of events, such as sexual assault, warfare, physical or emotional violence, or other threats on one’s life and safety. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams; sudden onset of mental or physical distress to unrelated stimuli; mood swings; personality alterations; and an increase in the fight-or-flight response. While the symptoms of post-traumatic stress can be severe and debilitating, there have been many breakthroughs in a wide range of effective treatments.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.


Breaking the Silence about Childhood Trauma — Dani Bostick

Most discussions of PTSD focus on veterans to the extent that many people who suffer from PTSD are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, especially among our children.

Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal

With the F.D.A. agreeing to new trials to test MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD—which, if approved, could be available as a drug by 2021—Acid Test is leading the charge in an evolving conversation about psychedelic drugs.

PTSD: What You Need to Know

Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to a person after experiencing a traumatic event that has caused them to feel fearful, shocked, or helpless. It can have long-term effects, including flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety.

Trauma has become so commonplace that most people don’t even recognize its presence. It affects everyone. Each of us has had a traumatic experience at some point in our lives, regardless of whether it left us with an obvious case of post-traumatic stress.


How MDMA Is Being Used to Treat PTSD | The Economist

MDMA, the active ingredient in the party drug ecstasy, is being touted as a game-changing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is being trialled in America-and for one army veteran the drug has been a life-saver. In America around 22 military veterans kill themselves every day.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors.

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

Because PTSD is a natural response to danger, it’s almost unavoidable in the short term and mostly self-correcting in the long term. Only about 20 percent of people exposed to trauma react with long-term (chronic) PTSD.


MDMA, Psychotherapy, and the Future of PTSD Treatment | Brad Burge | TEDxSalem

Rethinking the role of psychedelic drugs and how they can help to improve the lives of our country’s military personnel and others suffering from PTSD.

The End of Trauma: How the New Science of Resilience Is Changing How We Think About PTSD

A top expert on human trauma argues that we vastly overestimate how common PTSD is and fail to recognize how resilient people really are. After 9/11, mental health professionals flocked to New York to handle what everyone assumed would be a flood of trauma cases. Oddly, the flood never came.

A Psychedelic Drug Passes Big Test for PTSD Treatment

In an important step toward medical approval, MDMA, the illegal drug popularly known as Ecstasy or Molly, was shown to bring relief to those suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder when paired with talk therapy.


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