Ptsd

We're So Connected Nowadays. Or Are We?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

As we sat in the middle of our mats, eyes closed, James asked us to picture our 7 year old selves sitting in front of us. And as we breathed our ujjayi breath (ocean breathing) with mouths open, each of us looked into the quizzical face of our 7 year old selves as they looked back and asked, 'How are we doing? How are we doing as an adult?'

Reflections on Birth Trauma

Natasha Batsford | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

Like many others that leave women suffering from Birth Trauma, it was a birth that medical professionals would consider to be "successful". After all, both he and I left for home in good physical health. So what was the problem? Did I expect too much from childbirth?

Family and Friends vs The Fug

Pam Warren | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I made a promise to myself while recovering from my injuries to always put family and friends needs before anything else. In the ensuing years I have managed to keep this promise. What I could not foresee was how this vow would be tested when I was torn between both family and a friend, at the same time, in the past two months.

Am I Bi-Polar?

Pam Warren | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

"After all this time might I be Bi-Polar rather than still suffering from PTSD?" was the question I posed to Anton Kruger, my psychologist, in March of this year. The reasoning for my question was that it is coming up for 14 years since the train crash which is a significant amount of time. Surely I must be over it by now?

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

Childhood Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anne Speckhard | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Speckhard

For parent and child, a cancer diagnosis is a mental shock. And the physical shocks that follow that diagnosis- invasive treatments, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy are also difficult to bear, also potentially traumatising.

Hunted

Laura Lee | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Lee

Like any human being, I watched the documentary Hunted with an open mouth and an increasing horror. I also watched it whilst trying to quieten the several fireworks going off in my head at once. The similarities between homosexuals' rights in Russia and sex workers' rights in the UK/Ireland are breath taking.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Adoptees' Worst Fear Will Likely Come True

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

What if Valentine's Day, or relationships in general, were a stark reminder of the most painful and distressing events that you ever experienced? What if they triggered a trauma so terrifically challenging that it forever altered your approach to life? Welcome to Valentine's Day, and relationships, for adoptees.

PTSD and the Experience of Witnessing a Helicopter Crash

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

There was an almighty thud which echoed about the surrounding Alps as the helicopter crashed and snapped in two. Hundreds of skiers stood and watched with wide-eyed horror during the dreadful and eerie silence that followed as though nature, without exception, always proffers its own mark of respect following sudden destruction and death.

Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth - a Journey of Personal Innovation and Adventure

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

My Grandfather tragically lost his friend on the battlefield and suffered from depression for the rest of his life, which rendered him unable to speak for the days surrounding 11 November. My Great Uncle was severely, severely shell shocked and as an additional complication, the PTSD triggered psychotic episodes during which there was an attempt to break into Buckingham Palace.

Trigger Warnings Are Not Used Enough

Danielle Lowe | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Tech
Danielle Lowe

This contains content that some viewers could find distressing. It is a phrase we hear often enough on our TV news when they are about to show a clip of something distressing. However, those same organisations often do not do the same on their online media sources.

Workplace Bullying, Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It's True, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD

Malory Nye | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

Thankfully, the issue of bullying, abuse and harassment at work has become firmly acknowledged in many respects in recent years. The psychological harm this can cause to someone at work is recognised, but it is still rare that such harm is understood in terms of PTSD.

What Causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Dan Roberts | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

As we struggle to absorb shocking incidents like the recent train crash in Galicia, along with sympathy for the grieving families our thoughts also turn to the survivors. And psychologists who specialise in helping people recover from incidents like this know that while some of the surviving passengers will eventually get over their shock and trauma, sadly others will be unable to do so.

'They're Victims Of War And Should Be Treated Exactly The Same'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK

More British soldiers and veterans committed suicide last year than were killed in battle, it has been reported. The Ministry of Defence confirmed ...

Felicity A Morse

Ex-Soldier 'Will Commit Suicide' If Extradited To US

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK

A former soldier facing extradition to the United States over fraud charges says he is waiting for a call from the Home Office that will give him only...

Mental Illness: It's Not About Choice

Martha Roberts | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martha Roberts

Choice is, "Shall we paint the bedroom blue or green?" or even "'Shall we start a family?" Choice is not, "Shall I have constant PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) flashbacks?", nor is it, "Shall I be bipolar and be so hard to live with that my partner leaves me?" It is also not, "Shall I feel so depressed that I'll think about ending it all?"

Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

Joe Glenton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.

The Battle for Minds in Syria

Jawad Yaqub | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jawad Yaqub

That people in Syria are dying is obvious: a casual eye cast over the newstands confirm what we all suspect. The society there is being torn apart thr...

Dear World Press - Stop the Negativity About Mental Health, You're Giving Us a Bad Name!

Rebecca Walton | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

We've seen a lot in the news recently relating back to mental health; none of it good. It's as if we are being told that the only time a mental health disorder matters is when someone with an illness goes to a school and puts many lives in danger, before turning the gun on themselves.

Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir

Rita Pal | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

It is not clear to me why the human rights abuses within Jammu and Kashmir (Indian administered) have not been headline news all over the world. Certainly, the Indian media appears to have muted the events in Kashmir.

'Mummy, Why is That Lady Talking to Herself?'

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Here are some of the common misconceptions of mental health I've heard over the years (and calmly kept schtum).

Veterans Deserve Better

Leanne Wood | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

We need to do far more in identifying problems earlier such as ensuring mandatory mental health assessments as part of the discharge process and funding specialist support workers for veterans. They deserve better than relying on volunteers shaking buckets in Cardiff Airport at 5am.

How Could They Kill Their Children?

Mandy Saligari | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Saligari

Thus here is some advice: if you have seen your husband or wife regularly behave in an emotionally volatile way that is loaded with depression or self pity maybe a bitter desire to punish, perhaps drug or alcohol fuelled, beware.

Diary from Kabul - PTSD and Perms

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I think I may have been living in a war zone for too long, and it is taking its toll. Before Christmas I was talking with a friend who had been working in regions of conflict exclusively for 10 years and he described that there are something like 59 symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he exhibited 43 of them.

Dr. Dog Prescribes 10cc of Updog!

Graeme Keeton | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

Everyone's heard of guide dogs, and while they do a brilliant job of directly assisting the blind or partially-sighted, the potential for all sorts of other, less specifically-trained dogs to help out those with a raft of complicated problems is still very much open to exploration.