Category Archives: PTSD Training

PTSD Training Online

PTSD Training Online   Visit the PTSD Course Catalog page.   Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a household word in many places in the world. It has received increasing attention since the PTSD diagnosis was created in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association. Mixed messages about PTSD treatment programs While the effects of trauma are…
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PTSD and the Endocannabinoid Receptor System

Episode 012: It is high time to discuss PTSD with regards to medical marijuana, CBD oil, and my favorite brand of hemp oil. There are at least two proteins and receptors in the bodies that are structurally similar to molecules found in hemp, which is the family name that described over 200 plants. Figure 6. The hemp family of plants....

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Mainstream Treatment of PTSD

Episode 011: Finally, we will discuss the mainstream treatment PTSD, effectiveness of medications and psychotherapy, and practical neuroscience you can use today. While the medical facts regarding what can be done for PTSD are still frightfully limited, I’ll highlight what I believe are the most important. When combined, psychotherapy with medications offers synergistic improvement. Among the psychotherapies, the two at...

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PTSD and the Art of War

Episode 010: “All warfare is based on deception”, said Sun Tsu in the Art of War. No, this episode isn’t about war or the military. But the traumas with the highest propensity to develop PTSD involve interpersonal violence. The more personal and close to you, the worse the PTSD chances. So, this episode is in acknowledgement to the fact that...

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When Healers Feel the Wounds

Episode 009: Surviving Life as Level-III Empath. In coming episodes you’ll hear more about the physical components of how a body with PTSD eventually burns our early causing some predictable clinical syndromes. For now, we will focus on what an “empath” is. Even if you are not an empath or a “sensitive person”, there are many in our world and...

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The Ugly Truth about Prolonged Exposure: A Case Study in Medical Ethics

Episode 007: Assuming you don't believe that that past 100 years of psychotherapists were actually trying to cause harm to patients, you'll soon better understand how mental health interventions are a double-edged sword. History demonstrates that the Law of Unintended Consequences applies here. Before we get into the weeds in prolonged exposure, let's first start off by discussing unintended consequences...

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Self-Sabotage: A Harbinger of All Things Bad

Episode 005: The Bottom Line Up Front is this: If you believe you deserve to succeed you will not self-sabotage. Shame is Self-Induced While that sounds simple on face value, the reasons behind low self-esteem come in infinite combinations. While helping a friend write a grant proposal for a non-profit, I developed a tool that has helped me solve complex...

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What is PTSD (part 1/3) PTSD Symptoms and Intimate Relationships

Episode 001: Hello world! My name is Elias Diam, MD, but folks know me as Doctor Dan. Welcome to the PTSD Academy Podcast!! In today’s episode, we will cover the DSM-V criteria, trust, what I call “the Big Three” (PTSD, Major Depression, and Insomnia), and the importance of a safe partner during trauma recovery. A complete and up-to-date research definition...

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Friends, Caregivers of PTSD Trauma Survivors

Friends, Caregivers of PTSD Trauma Survivors It's hard to watch someone you care about go through a tough time. Most people don't know what to say to even their closest friends after they've suffered a tragedy, trauma or death. For friends, caregivers of PTSD trauma survivors, an unconscious pressure can sneak up on you. There's…
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Trauma and the Nuclear Family

Trauma and the Nuclear Family The pain and frustration of practically any type of loss, pain or trauma come home to roost. Intimate relationships can suffer, isolation and alienation set in, and if embarrassment is allow to take hold, trauma can drive a wedge between the closest of family members. It's as if the trauma…
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PTSD Meaning

PTSD Meaning? It seems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is in the news every day, but what does it mean? Don't let the PTSD meaning get lost solely in the media's coverage of the military. What does POST mean? Post means "after". So, we're talking about some kind of stress that happens AFTER a trauma.…
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