trauma

The potential role of using computer games (Tetris) in preventing intrusive memories after traumatic events will be subject of a BPS-supported talk at the British Science Festival in Bradford. The work of Professor Emily Holmes and her team, at the Medical Research Council...

Professor Edgar Jones (Kings College London), a historian of psychology and psychiatry, opened this fascinating talk with an iconic wartime picture of St Paul’s Cathedral standing unharmed amidst the burning City of London. Yet the photograph is actually a composite of three...

Research on the long-term impact of the New Zealand earthquakes has strong potential to help inform responses to the recent earthquake in Nepal. Sarb Johal, from the Joint Centre Disaster Research Centre at Massey University, presented two linked papers that explored the long...

Editor's note: This article is from the forthcoming March edition, published early today to mark 100 years since the publication of Charles Myers' seminal Lancet paper. View our archive for much more on...

We went into his office and he had just picked up the phone to call his wife and there was a roar; I mean a roar! And we looked up and it was the aeroplane coming right at us, the second plane. And all I remember saying, was ‘Oh dear God just take my soul’. And as it was...

Debates in traumatology possess an emotional intensity seldom seen in other mental health specialties (e.g. Dobbs, 2009; McNally, 2007). This is perhaps because, unusually among the anxiety disorders, PTSD implies categories of victim and perpetrator that often entangle moral...

Suffering is universal: you attempt to subvert it so that it does not have a destructive, negative effect. You turn it around so that it becomes a creative, positive force.
Terry Waite, who survived four years as a hostage in solitary confinement (quoted in Joseph,...

If you wanted to learn about the psychological problems soldiers have on returning from war, where would you look? You could usefully start by reading the report of a 15-year project at the King’s Centre for Military Research (2010), where you would find detailed...