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BMC Therapist Christine Muska Discusses PTSD and Breast Cancer on TV20

Therapist Christine Muska appeared on TV20 to discuss how cancer survivors can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and addressed the ways in which those impacted can support the survivor. She also talked about the symptoms of PTSD. To see the interview in its entirety, click here.    

National Stress Awareness Month: Stress-Relief After Tragedy

National Stress Awareness Month is ending in a week, but sadly most peoples’ stress won’t end with the month of April. Many people are still reeling from the bombing and shooting events in Boston as well, which only increases everyday stress. Experts share some tips on how to keep your stress levels at a minimum … Read more

A Few Simple Steps to Taking Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

The holidays are full of both good and bad forms of stress, which, over time, can lead to a variety of mental and physical symptoms.  Headaches, anxiety and even depression can develop during the holiday for a variety of reasons, including an overloaded scheduled, travel, and for some, anxiety about spending time with family.  Taking … Read more

Mother’s touch could change effects of prenatal stress

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and Kings College, London, have found that mothers who stroke their baby’s body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant’s early-life development. Researchers world-wide have been studying whether stress in … Read more

Trauma switch identified: Mechanism protects our brains from turning stress and trauma into post-traumatic stress disorder

ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2012) — Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School have for the first time identified the mechanism that protects us from developing uncontrollable fear. Our brains have the extraordinary capacity to adapt to changing environments — experts call this ‘plasticity’. Plasticity protects us from developing mental disorders as the result of … Read more

Mental stress: Unique solutions for unique populations

ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2012) — A mother in jail co-residing with her infant in a prison nursery; a war veteran still picturing the violent trauma. These scenarios are real life and dealt with each day by incarcerated mothers and returning veterans. The common link — stress — is the focus of Johns Hopkins University School … Read more

Coping skills, marital satisfaction help pregnant moms manage stress when fetus has heart defect

ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2012) — Expectant mothers who learn from prenatal diagnosis that they are carrying a fetus with a congenital heart defect (CHD) commonly suffer post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. However, a healthy relationship with one’s partner and positive coping mechanisms can reduce this intense stress, according to new research from the Cardiac Center … Read more

The Link Between Sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Can dreams really help our brains heal from traumatic experiences?  Researchers at UC Berkeley certainly believe so.  According to ScienceDaily, researchers may have found a link between sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms that may help to explain why those with PTSD struggle to overcome their experiences, long after the initial event that … Read more

Stress and Your Health: How to Protect Yourself This Holiday Season

We’ve all seen the reports about stress and our mental health, but it’s important to remember that stress greatly affects our physical health as well.  The body’s natural stress reactions work to protect us from predators and other sources of possible danger.  We are hardwired to have a natural stress response, no matter where we … Read more

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER If I am aware of the traumatic event, why do I still have recurring nightmares and severe sleep problems? Won’t uncovering frightening memories just make me feel worse? Will I ever feel safe again? What the experts say: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is … Read more