Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, most adults have accepted that we live in a new era of trying times. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, as well as explosions, and other traumatic events threaten our sense of safety and security, and they occur around the world on any given day. Adults often struggle with the effects of trauma, even though they understand them. But children react differently based on their personality, age, and circumstances.
Anticipating the arrival of a blizzard, hurricane, tornado, or any severe storm strikes fear and anxiety in the people in its path for good reason. Natural disasters disrupt lives in significant ways, including creating physical and mental health problems and major economic challenges. And the never-ending news about a storm’s arrival may increase your anxiety, stress, and fear.
Here are some tips to help you take care of your own mental health, as well as your family’s before and after a storm.
Dr. Judith Cohen discusses how children experience PTSD and effective treatments.
Judith Cohen, MD
Medical Director, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents
Allegheny General Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry
Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Cohen discusses how children experience PTSD and effective treatments.
Richard A. Bryant, PhD
Director, Traumatic Stress Clinic
Scientia Professor of Psychology, University of New South Wales
Dr. Bryant talks about the intersection of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD, including treatment and how therapy needs to be adapted for TBI survivors.
The human brain goes through a complex process to form and consolidate memories. But is it possible to replace memories of fearful events, and in doing so, assist in the treatment of patients suffering from the debilitating effects of posttraumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders?
Dr. Joseph LeDoux and a team of New York University neuroscientists think they have found a way to replace traumatic memories through therapy.
Video from the series Speaking of Science, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The primary aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two lifestyle interventions for improving the outcome of prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for PTSD. Eligible participants will receive free PE for 12 weeks and participate in either a wellness or exercise program (determined by a flip of a coin).