Community violence is a general term used to describe various violent acts that occur in a neighborhood social setting. Such violence is widespread throughout the U.S., although it often occurs more frequently in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. In a study review presented in January 2015 to the Society for Social Work and Research, researchers from New York University assessed the connection between young adults’ exposure to community violence and their chances of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition more typically associated with traumatic experiences like combat exposure.
Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Elements Behavioral Health find that complex PTSD is not simply a subtype of BPD and suggest the disorders be addressed together.
Recent findings from a group of Canadian, British and American researchers point to increased risks for psychosis and depression in women exposed to intimate partner violence, especially when those women have personal histories of childhood abuse.
Women with advanced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women with no history of the disorder, say researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. They reached this conclusion following an in-depth analysis of data obtained from the Nurses’ Health Study II, an exhaustive 1989-2011, Harvard-sponsored epidemiological research project that queried almost 50,000 professional women about their health histories and lifestyles.
More than 7.5 million people are victimized by stalkers in the United States each year. The encounters that accompany this behavior are scary and unpredictable, and tragic outcomes are frighteningly common. But even those who escape their tormentors are often unable to elude another persistent and terrifying companion of the stalking experience—post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly before and during pregnancy can substantially increase the odds that a premature birth will occur, a study published in December 2014 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology has found.
It is estimated that 7.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health titled “The Weight of Traumatic Stress,” has uncovered that women with the condition appear to be at greater risk for food addiction.
Both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and food addiction are serious mental health issues that affect many women. We now know that women who struggle with PTSD, or who at least display some of the symptoms of the disorder, are more vulnerable to becoming dependent on food or developing a food addiction. As researchers learn more about the connection, they hope to develop treatment strategies that will teach women better ways of coping with stress and other negative emotions and reduce the incidence of binge eating and obesity.
As researchers are increasingly finding connections between mental and physical health, the term “mental disorder” may become a misnomer. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an example of a mental disorder that has serious physical health associations. Already tied to diabetes and heart disease in previous studies, the disorder has now been associated with another major health concern.
Reactive attachment disorder is a mental health condition that centers on an inability to fully establish the social/emotional bonds that normally tie people together. The condition first appears in early childhood and has repercussions that can continue to manifest for the rest of a person’s life. In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) changed the definition of reactive attachment disorder as part of a reorganization of the standard guide to mental illnesses called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Symptoms formerly associated with the disorder are now split into two separate conditions, called reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder.
By Jody Trager, PhD, Program Director at Promises Malibu Vista
Many women feel unworthy. Cultural and family expectations, along with certain experiences and messages, can lead women onto a path of self-sacrifice, self-neglect and overwhelming emotions. Some of the underlying issues that impact women’s well-being include: