Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding PTSDJune is PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD is often discussed in the context of veterans and the impact of war. Of course, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) does not only impact vets. PTSD, by definition, can follow any traumatic event. Understanding then must first start with trauma. This blog was created to do just that; specifically, to focus on the traumatic impact of sexual assault, domestic violence, and all forms of childhood abuse.

I am going to take some time this month to get back to basics regarding trauma and its aftermath. I am going to rerun some old posts, share some new material, and highlight resources from others also working to raise awareness of PTSD.

For example, The National Center for PTSD has considerable resources. The 2013 awareness campaign invites us to Take the Step: Raise PTSD Awareness by:

  • Learning more about PTSD
  • Challenging your beliefs
  • Exploring the options
  • Reaching out and making a difference

Tell me what you think of their site. Or tell me what questions you have about PTSD or trauma in general!

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4 Responses to Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  1. 1esmecat says:

    Okay, question. The only place i have found information about how horrendously, nightmarishly wrong emdr can go is on PTSD Forum and one youtube channel, amidst the sharing of survivors. I searched this repeatedly after suffering horrible, longlasting side effects myself, which i later learned were due to dissociation, and never found much more than a vague mention in all the scholarly or professional articles. My question is, why is that information missing, or at least, very, very hard to find in information presented by professionals?
    Thank you.

    • I am so sorry you had such a bad experience.

      In every professional training I have attended this has been discussed, in terms of appropriate assessment, preparation, and special techniques for working with dissociation. EMDR isn’t only trauma processing. It can also be used for the stabilization and skill development phases of therapy.

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  3. 1esmecat says:

    Thanks for responding. What i meant was that i could not find any information on the internet that i could read about this, other than the fear and bewilderment of other survivors. The one exception that comes to mind is an article by Carol Forgash which, while i appreciated that she at least referred to the fact that problems can occur with emdr and dissociation and that she detailed preparation, she did not describe or explain what i, we, have gone through.
    This is something that i searched and searched, and being in the medical field myself, i am pretty familiar with researching. For me it would have been too late to find a warning, but i desperately wanted to understand what had happened to me, and why. At least by finding the PTSD Forum thread i was able to find that i was not alone. But i felt badly to see that others were suffering similarly.

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