24 Feb 2017
February 24, 2017

Boys and men: Survivors of sexual violence

Sexual violence happens to people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, professions, incomes, races and ethnicities. Although females have a much higher risk of sexual assault during their lives, males are also victims, particularly as boys and adolescents. As in sexual assaults against females, against boys and men it is also an act.. read more →

According to a new study, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The researchers noted that this could be because their blood vessels don’t expand normally post-PTSD. The study also showed that the risk factors normally associated with blood vessel problems – high blood pressure, diabetes,.. read more →

Like other similar tragedies, the string of terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22 not only claimed lives and caused injuries, but also provoked traumatic stress for those who learned about them from media reports. Joan Cook, a psychologist and associate professor at Yale University, wrote an article about how terrorist attacks could harm people’s emotional health.. read more →

My PTSD manifests in many ways. One significant way is with an over active amygdala. My “Monkey Mind” is in a constant state of fight or flight. In an effort to find the state of calmness and healing I felt I so desperately needed, I opted to try meditation. Every day, I would sit in.. read more →

14 Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

How stress affects the brain

Chronic stress can affect the size of your brain, its structure and how it functions – right down to the level of your genes. Stress-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, trigger changes in brain structure, including differences in the volume of gray matter versus white matter, as well as the size and connectivity of.. read more →