Description: I bet you have heard about the use of companion dogs in the work with returning military veterans who are dealing with issues of PTSD. Having had dogs I have always thought that the use of dogs as aid or companion animals for those with PTSD issues makes a lot of sense. As with… Read more »
Posts Tagged: PTSD
Block Trauma with Tetris?
Description: What is trauma, do you have a working definition? It is a possible consequence of having experienced a traumatic event which could be almost anything from a car crash to being in a military conflict zone. It can lead to symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). So, yes, I bet you have a… Read more »
Service Dogs and PTSD (In Humans)
Description: You have heard of service dogs, right? They help out people struggling with PTSD and help them get on with their lives with fewer of the issues that can be associated with PTSD. However, what do you know about what having a service dog actually does for a person with PTSD? Perhaps you just… Read more »
The Psychology of Covid-19: Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating OCD
Description: I hope you are washing your hands A LOT these days! In fact, might you say that you are washing your hands compulsively? That is not really an appropriate descriptor but here is something to think about. What effect do you think the appropriate jump in hand washing over the past 8 months and… Read more »
Fixing the Pain of Broken Hearts with a Drug: The Psychology of Memory Re-consolidation
Description: Perhaps not the best topic for Valentine’s day but the fact is some relationships end and some end badly with the former participants struggling to come terms with heartache. Heartache is a very general term, one which has a lot of poetic weight but what does it involve Psychologically and how might it be… Read more »
Analyzing Elvis: Parapraxis, Memory and Emotion
Description: Even if you have not taken a single Psychology course you certainly have heard of Freudian slips. A Freudian slip is where someone misspeaks, and the “error” actually exposes a deeper meaning or intention buried somewhere in the speaker’s unconscious that they themselves may be trying to remain unaware of. For example, if you… Read more »
Expressive Writing and PTSD: (W)ri(gh)ting Yourself, a Meta-Analysis
Description: Have you ever heard that writing might be good for you? I do not mean that taking English classes is good for you (though it might be) but rather that writing about anything from past traumatic life events to future hopes and aspirations might actually not only help you cope with past trauma or… Read more »
What Parts of Resilience are in the Brain?
Description: In developmental psychology the term resilience has an interesting recent history. It debuted in research in the 1970’s in studies such as one looking at the children of Kuai. That important study gathered detailed data regarding the prenatal, birth and post-natal experiences of every child born on the island of Kuai in Hawaii in… Read more »
PTSD with Ecstasy as a Treament Add-on?
Description: I have posted a number of times in the past on the topic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – search PTSD in the Weekly Updates search window). Symptoms of PTSD are worryingly common among retiring military veterans. The rate in the general population is just under 10% while the rate among returning vets… Read more »
Treating PTSD: Something About Horses
Description: Two posts ago I talked about and posted links to a general article about PTSD – about its signs and symptoms and about its treatment, in general terms. In that article the two main approaches to treatment were described as medication and talk therapy. Both approaches most certainly fall in the domains of accepted… Read more »