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 →

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, or DSM-V, 5th edition within many clusters of symptoms, i.e. persistent avoidance of situations/persons, intruding memory of event, as well as exposure or presence to a traumatizing event, within three months of the trauma. Military veterans are the.. read more →

31 Jan 2017
January 31, 2017

Fresh Ideas: What causes mental illness?

As a psychologist, one of the questions I get asked the most is, “Why is this happening to me?” In other words, why do some people experience depression and anxiety? Why do they have an addiction? Why does their child have obsessive compulsive disorder or schizophrenia? In the military, soldiers often wonder why they experience.. read more →