Tag Archives: PTSD

Barrett-Becker receives 2013 Ouida Award

Congratulations to Ellen Barrett-Becker, Ph.D., a postdoctoral psychology resident in the Department of Psychiatry, who is the 2013 recipient of the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Award. The Ouida awards are designed to further the work of outstanding young researchers working in childhood anxiety and depression. Barrett-Becker’s research focuses primarily on the role of trauma and

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Striving to improve therapies for anxiety disorders by studying neurotransmitters

This article appeared in Psychiatric News on July 25, 2013 Cannabinoid modulators may augment extinction learning in exposure-based therapy and prevent the return of fear memories in people with anxiety disorder, according to Christine Rabinak, Ph.D., and Israel Liberzon, M.D. Photo: Aaron Levin, Psychiatric News. For years, researchers have sought ways to enhance the fear extinction

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Mindfulness therapy may help with combat-related PTSD

Mindfulness exercises that include meditation, stretching, and acceptance of thoughts and emotions might help veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder find relief from their symptoms. A new collaborative study from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows that veterans with PTSD who completed an 8-week mindfulness-based group treatment

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Vets with PTSD who also struggle with substance abuse have increased risk of death

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who are also battling drug or alcohol problems face a higher risk of death, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. The new study is the first to examine the association between drug or alcohol use disorders and

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Helping mental health professionals in Japan cope with disaster

In the days immediately following Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, survivors were grateful to have lived through it. But disasters that cause such wide-scale death, destruction and disruption to daily life also leave lingering invisible wounds. Sheila A.M. Rauch, Ph.D., clinical research psychologist with Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and assistant professor

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