Trauma Signs and Symptoms

Trauma has profound effects on a person’s well-being. If it isn’t treated, the effects of trauma can last a lifetime and affect every area of a person’s life. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines trauma as a response to events you perceive as “physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening.” Moreover, trauma…

Study Finds New Screening Tool for Diagnosing Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment disorder is the term used by the American Psychiatric Association to describe a slow, dysfunctional adaptation to the mental/emotional stress triggered by exposure to traumatic situations or non-traumatic situations. Currently, doctors have no easy way to distinguish this dysfunctional adaptation from more serious stress-related conditions. In a study published in 2014 in the International…

When Soldiers Can’t Leave the Battle Behind

The tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in which an Army Specialist shot and killed three people before turning the gun on himself has sparked a national dialogue on identifying and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The soldier who committed these murders was never officially diagnosed with PTSD but instead was being treated for multiple mental…