Posts Tagged ‘ PTSD ’

Dutch Intelligence Agency overwhelmed by returning returning ISIS recruits

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Dutch Intelligence and Security Service has warned of a rapid rise of Salafism among second and third –generation young Muslim men and women in France, the Netherlands and the U.K. who have joined terrorist groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida affiliate, and other Islamic terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Read more…

The Yom-Kippur debacle: How Israel`s underlying “Good Mother Complex” toward the U.S. almost proved fatal

Friday, January 30th, 2015

In my book titled Psychological Trauma, I attempt to explain the interpersonal dynamics of three functional entities involved in abuse, whether domestic or political (published by Authorhouse, 2015). A model posing a triad of predator, victim, and caretaker, applies both at the individual or community level. Since its establishment as a sovereign Jewish State in 1948, Read more…


Sunday, August 25th, 2013

PTSD among Firefighters 12 Years Following the Collapse of the World Trade Center First-responders are those rescuers that are first to arrive at any catastrophic event – whether “natural” (such as a flood or earthquake) or man-made (such as a terrorist attack). The knowledge obtained by studying enduring psychological reactions among rescuers has far-reaching public health implications. Read more…

Acute Stress Disorder

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Twin-Tower attacks on 9/11 directly exposed thousands of New York residents to the horror of a near-death experience. This was associated with a sense of dread and impending doom, and accompanied by the witnessing of mayhem, and collective chaos. This is a report of a victim with Acute Stress Disorder.

Effects of prolonged trauma on Self-Functions

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

February 15, 2012 The core elements of the PTSD construct  consist primarily of  the three  “symptom-domains”,  of  “Intrusive Symptoms” (such as flashbacks), “Over-Arousal” (such as heightened vigilance and exaggerated startle-response), and ‘Avoidance”. This is the most common outcome to a single, life-threatening event  (or Type-I Trauma). In contrast, individuals subjected to repeated physical  or emotional “abuse”, Read more…

PTSD, Complex Trauma, and DESNOS – Different Models of Psychological Trauma

Monday, October 11th, 2010

While classic PTSD is dominated by symptoms of “reliving the trauma” (referring to symptoms such as flashbacks, fear and arousal, and avoidance behaviors, victims of prolonged interpersonal abuse present with an entirely different spectrum of impairments in personality structure and functioning. These include difficulties with emotional regulation, attention, and perceptions of oneself and the world, as well as a reduced sense of autonomy and personal agency. Another area of self-function that becomes derailed as a result of prolonged abuse pertains to the formation of distorted cognitive schemas responsible for negotiating interpersonal relationships. Even in work and marriage these victims seem unconsciously compelled to return to abusive relationships in which they reenact their inner trauma-generated schemas.