Traumatic Stress Disorders

3 Essential Elements of Trauma-Informed Care

January 14, 2020

Patients with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia are more likely to report greater impairment in general functioning as a result of trauma, which is why trauma-informed care is so important.

Fears, Outbreaks, and Pandemics: Lessons Learned

November 15, 2019

Infectious outbreaks have shaped the psyche of humanity for times immemorial.

Vicarious Trauma in Clinicians: Fostering Resilience and Preventing Burnout

July 26, 2019

The recognition of a wide range of traumatic experiences-physical or sexual assault, motor vehicular accidents, natural disasters, terrorism-has implications for understanding the vulnerability to vicarious trauma inherent in a clinician’s practice.

Recognizing and Treating Trauma in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

April 22, 2019

Successful, trauma-informed care for patients with serious mental illness requires providers to assess, acknowledge, and treat trauma.

Compromised Confidentiality in the Military Is Harmful

October 22, 2014

The privacy and security of our offices-the therapeutic bunkers within which our wounded patient-warriors hunker down against an unseen enemy-is the fundamental first barricade between private sufferings and the potential for public humiliation.

Trauma in Psychiatric Practice

August 16, 2013

As psychiatrists, we practice holistic medicine. Our traumatized patients depend on us to uncover their emotional pain delicately, to understand its effects on their minds and bodies, and to recognize and draw on their unique strengths and vulnerabilities as we promote recovery.

Slideshow: Developmental Psychopathology Comes of Age

April 24, 2013

Traumatic brain injury, criminal responsibility, traumatic stress, and autism spectrum/neurodevelopmental disorders slideshow

The Science and Politics of PTSD

February 13, 2012

The first half of the 20th century saw 2 world wars, indiscriminate aerial bombing of civilians, the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the Holocaust-all of which created intense trauma for soldiers and civilians.Yet it was not until the American intervention in a post-colonial civil war in Southeast Asia that the psychiatric community in the 1970s formally described what we now call PTSD.

PTSD, DSM-5, and Forensic Misuse

September 30, 2011

In preparing DSM-IV, we worked hard to avoid causing confusion in forensic settings. Realizing that lawyers read documents in their own special way, we had a panel of forensic psychiatrists go over every word to reduce the risks that DSM IV could be misused in the courts.

Trauma and PTSD: What's Your Take?

September 20, 2011

When counseling trauma victims and patients with PTSD, do you ask them to retell the trauma or do you think this prolongs it?