trauma

Crisis and disaster situations are often traumatic – of that there can be no doubt. The existence of ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ (PTSD), although initially controversial on its inclusion in the major diagnostic manuals (DSM-III in 1980, and ICD-10 in 1992), has gained...

For Remembrance Day we bring you our archive content on the role of psychology in war, including interviews, reports and articles.

Psychology and the great war, 1914-...

This new Netflix offering, directed by Ed Perkins, is about twins’ very different journeys through trauma. Based on the compelling memoir by Alex and Marcus Lewis (written with Joanna Hodgkin), one twin’s damaged brain seems to free them both from a history of abuse. Or does...

Dr Matt Wilkinson (centre): Clinical Psychologist and Society member. Asks the questions, of…

Mariana Franko (R) Psychologist and psychotherapist, Director of the Sens Psychology Centre, Lviv, Ukraine. Mariana is a practicing Cognitive...

What separates trauma from day-to-day stress?
We can take care of day-to-day stress by having a good night’s sleep, taking a walk, being with friends, going to bed, resting. We wake up feeling refreshed. In trauma, when something happens that is...

Over ten years ago I was sitting in a room in a SureStart centre in Tower Hamlets, East London. Having had a long standing interest in perinatal mental health, I was on my last trainee placement in the Children’s Centre team with parents to be and parents of under fives. ...

People working in the emergency services encounter traumatic events, directly and indirectly, on a daily basis. Despite this there was an apparent gap in the NICE review of managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), updated last year, when it came to guidelines for...

I was twenty-seven years old by the time I met her. I was, at that age, a mother of two, a homeowner – a mortgage-holder. This is important. I’d spent my early twenties tangling myself up with all the markers of adulthood. Adults are...

The declaration of war in August 1914 was greeted on all sides with a euphoria so delusional German psychiatrists dubbed it Mobilisation Psychosis (Mobilmachungspsychose). Public opinion was united in the belief there could be no better cure for ‘nerves dried up…from years of...

At 22.31 hours on 22 May 2017, an improvised explosive device was detonated in ‘The City Room’ Foyer area which links Manchester Arena to Victoria rail station. It was an attack on music fans and their families as they were exiting a music concert, but it quickly felt like...