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After Weeks in Detention, Migrant Kids Play by Pretending to Handcuff Each Other
Parents say that detention left such an impression on their children that they now play by pretending to be immigration officers.
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Even If Families Are Reunited, They Face a New Kind of Trauma
The lasting mental-health effects of the family-separation policy.
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After Being Sexually Abused, I Let Myself Deteriorate
Self-neglect is a little-discussed response to surviving childhood trauma.
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Finding ‘Post-Traumatic Growth’ After Opioid Addiction Killed My Mom
With the right conditions, a traumatic experience can lead to something like the opposite of PTSD. Mine helped me become a better mother.
The Challenge of Healing Animals Who Suffer From PTSD
For humans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, talk therapy can be a key part of recovery. For other species, that’s not an option.
A Traumatic Experience Can Reshape Your Microbiome
Your gut bacteria are a reflection of your emotional history.
How Violence Warps Childhood Friendships in Chicago
Most kids simply gravitate toward peers who are similar to them. In violent parts of Chicago, children need to be a lot more deliberate.
Gun Violence Takes a Brutal Psychological Toll on Kids
Even kids who aren’t directly affected can be haunted by posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms for years.
Three Things You Should Know About Trigger Warnings
Let’s bring some science into this conversation.
What Happens Next for the Orlando Shooting Survivors?
The many forces that shape a person’s response to trauma.
Animals Can Get PTSD, Too
Humans aren’t the only ones who deal with trauma. We’re also not the only ones who can continue suffering long afterward.
Is There Any Evidence Trigger Warnings Are Actually a Big Deal?
In a new survey, the vast majority of professors who responded have never had to deal with trigger warnings at all.
What a New Survey Can — and Can’t — Tell Us About Campus Sexual Assault
Why it’s so hard to get solid numbers.
3 Things Research Tells Us About Bowe Bergdahl
This will not be an easy return for him.
The Childhood Molestation I Don’t Remember
If I’d never found out, would I still be traumatized?