PTSD and Childhood Trauma

Veterans Turn To Yoga To Help Treat PTSD

Aug 30, 2016
Jill Sheridan/WFYI

An estimated 8 million people in the United States suffer from PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder. In Indiana, as many as 50,000 Hoosier veterans could be dealing with it. But a new program is exploring a novel treatment: yoga.

School Counselors Take On At-Home Trauma In The Classroom

May 6, 2016
Faculty at Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia get one full day a week to collaborate and strategize about how to meet the specific needs of individual students.
Bas Slabbers / WHYY

School counselor Pam Turner-Bunyon had been warned: This new, incoming student had a dark profile and was prone to very erratic behavior.

"When he first came to us, he ran out of the building, the first day — the very first day — instead of coming in, he ran," she said.

Turner-Bunyon learned what happened and immediately took off, dashing out into the crime-prone streets that surround the school.

"I found out he was running so I went and chased him down, and coaxed him back in and we worked to develop safety places in the building," she said.

 


With focus groups, researcher looks at race, trauma and mental health in north St. Louis

May 3, 2016

New insight from a Washington University study could improve access to mental health care for African-American men. 

Providence, Rhode Island To Embed Behavioral Health Specialists In Schools

Apr 4, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza announces the new behavioral health program for Providence public schools.
Jake Bissaro / The Providence Center

Mental health services for children can be difficult to access in Rhode Island. But a new public-private partnership is trying to make those services easier to access at some Providence public schools.

Why A US Health Clinic Suggests Cambodian Treatments For Everyday Maladies

Mar 16, 2016
Women gather to meditate at the Metta Health Center in Lowell MA.
Heidi Shin / PRI

Doctors at a health clinic in Lowell, Massachusetts, had a problem — their exam rooms reminded refugee patients of torture chambers. The stethoscopes, the blood pressure cuff squeezing your arm — they looked like the torture devices used on their families, during Cambodia’s genocide.


Study Links Kindergartners’ Stumbles With Rocky Home Lives

Feb 29, 2016
clappstar via Flickr

Very young children who endure neglect, abuse and dysfunctional home lives go on to struggle as kindergartners, leaving them at risk for more difficult years as adolescents and adults, a new study finds.

Chicago Teens And Combat Veterans Join Forces To Process Trauma

Jan 26, 2016

If you took a map of Chicago and put down a tack for each person shot last year, you'd need nearly 3,000 tacks.

Of those, 101 would be clustered in the neighborhood of East Garfield Park. That's where 15-year-old Jim Courtney-Clarks lives.

"To be honest, I really don't like it," Courtney-Clarks says. "Every time you look up somebody else is getting killed, and I never know if it's me or somebody I am really close to."

Emilio Labrador via Flickr

Both emotional stress and a desire to divert the attention of men drive many victims of child sexual abuse to become obese or develop eating disorders, according to a recent report in The Atlantic. If they lose weight through diet or exercise, these women often gain it back. Experts say to make a permanent change to a healthily weight, you need to address the underlying trauma, but resources for psychological and psychiatric treatment are limited.

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