A traumatic experience may ignite feelings of constant despair, fear and anxiety. People who have been victims of or witnesses to disturbing events are caught up in flashbacks and nightmares and find it extremely difficult to lead a normal life. People suffering from the aftereffects of trauma are known to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological problem that exhibits itself as “fight-or-flight” response when faced with a similar situation.
As per the National Center for PTSD, 11 to 20 percent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In case of the Gulf War, PTSD strikes 12 percent of veterans in a given year. An estimated 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime.
Data published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in August 2016 shows that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans committed suicide every day. An alarming 65 percent of suicides was among middle-aged and older veterans. Although veterans comprised 8.5 percent of the American population aged 18 and above, they accounted for 18 percent of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults in 2014. Read more
Uncontained anxiety and flashbacks are common after one has gone through a harrowing experience. Clinicians often diagnose people suffering from the aftereffects of trauma with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological problem that exhibits itself as “fight-or-flight” response when faced with such a situation.
A group of researchers from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University (NYU) has found that adolescents showing signs of PTSD are at a greater likelihood of misunderstanding sad and angry facial expressions as fearful. The scientists in their study revealed how teenagers with signs of conduct disorder are more likely to misconstrue sad facial gestures as angry. Read more
As the “big bad beast,” hurricane Matthew, pounds the coastal Florida after devastating neighboring island nations, including Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, the state has already started preparing itself for the long-term impact of the catastrophe. Said to be one of the biggest storms in a century, Matthew – a category 3 hurricane with winds blowing at up to 120 mph – lashed the central coast of Florida early morning on October 7. Read more
Imagine having to abandon everything you’ve ever known because if you don’t you may die. This is what many people face when they flee their countries. As the Syrian refugee situation continues in Europe and appears to be heading to the United States soon, now is as good a time as any to understand the impact that being a refugee can have on one’s mental health. Read more
News on Mental Health
- Twitter issues new rules to guard users from online trolls June 13, 2018
- High level of NRG3 can increase risk of schizophrenia, finds study May 7, 2018
- Report suggests soldiers dropping out of ‘unsafe and wholly unsatisfactory’ mental health unit in armed forces April 18, 2018
- Sudden spurt in patient flow increases burden on mental health treatment centers April 3, 2018