trauma

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...

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I had an amazing course tutor when I was at the University of Massachusetts called Dr Esmaeil Mahdavi. He had such a calm and controlled manner about him. Towards the end of my course I did a module on group psychotherapy,...

Most people will remember the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May 2017 when 23 people were killed and 139 injured at an Ariana Grande concert. ‘The neuropsychology department were involved from first thing on the Tuesday, offering advice and information on trauma and providing...

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...