trauma

Dr Alistair Teager is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Salford Royal Hospital, working in one of the UK’s largest neuropsychology departments. We talked over the phone, and I could hear colleagues, in what sounded like a busy office, chipping in with agreement and...

Traumatic events were once thought to be rare in most people’s lives. However, since the 1980s research has revealed not only how common they are but also the deep-seated effects trauma can have. Professor Anke Ehlers (University of Oxford) gave a joint British Academy and...

Dan Johnson’s article on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a welcome précis of the importance of adversity in warping normative developmental trajectories (‘What should...

Alexsandr Konokov and Sasha on their Goat Farm in Decyatny, Zhytomyr Oblast, following torture by separatists, 2017

The much-anticipated exhibition by Mark Neville, Battle Against Stigma, aims to show the effects of PTSD in combat-stricken countries through the medium of photography. It includes photographs, films, emails and a book that recounts Neville’s own experience as the official...

He is 15-years-old and in a locked secure care home. Like all of the young people in his unit, ‘Paul’ has experienced a lot of adverse and traumatic events. By the time he was five he had been exposed to parental drug use and mental illness, domestic violence, physical abuse...

In February 1944 Lieutenant-Colonel Tommy Wilson, an army psychiatrist recruited from the Tavistock Clinic, submitted a nine-page report to the War Office. It focused upon the plight of tens of thousands of servicemen overseas who had, in recent times, become labelled by...

In an increasingly connected world it is inconceivable that British psychology would ever consider becoming isolationist. This is particularly true for trauma where the impact of natural disasters, terrorism, internet child abuse and travel are international. The British...

When war erupts and disasters hit communities, children and young people are often deeply vulnerable. They can become displaced, and in the chaos many are subject to horrific abuse – even by some who are sent to help them. The...

The Grenfell disaster felt like an alarm going off inside of me. Maybe it was the three terror attacks having happened within a month. Maybe it was the emotional temperature stirred up by the election and Brexit and austerity. Maybe it was just the sheer horror of such a huge...

As I write this, much has been written and commented on about the Grenfell Tower fire, even before the fire has been fully extinguished.  Discussion points so far have ranged across the subjects. From the initial que...