Abuse, PTSD & Trauma

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is recruiting up to 150 participants for a phase 3 clinical trial investigating methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression treated with antidepressants, or mental illness in general is linked with an increased risk of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, according to a study published online in Neurology.

Military personnel trained to change their own brain responses with a neurofeedback program may be able to reduce their risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers say.

Soldiers who have insomnia before deployment may be more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or experience suicidal thoughts than service members who don't have insomnia before they deploy, a U.S. study suggests.

Female military veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression are more likely to develop dementia later in life than peers without those conditions, a U.S. study suggests.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is recruiting up to 150 participants for a phase 3 clinical trial investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD.



A recent study of medical students found that 26% of students reported symptoms of vicarious traumatization in their third year of medical school and of these, 50% identified their psychiatry clerkship as the source.

Dr. Myers shares highlights of his presentation titled “PTSD in Psychiatrists: A Hidden Epidemic.”

Although we often assume that the impact of trauma manifests right away, sometimes it can manifest decades later. This phenomenon was commonly seen in many World War II veterans who first began to experience PTSD symptoms around the time of fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the war in the mid-1990s.



Maria Gabriela Velasco, BA; Angel J. Rossy, BA; Jose Edwin Nieves, MD
Arif Pendi, MS; Alfonso Valdez, PhD; Danny Lee, BS, BA; Joshua Lee, BS; Kasim Pendi, NA; Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD; David Safani, MD, MBA; Jose Aguilar, MD
Angela Dinkins-Smith, Phd, CRC. Marc Cooper, MD. Neil Page, MD.
Robert Bitonte, MD, JD. Marisa DeSanto, Biologic Science Student (UC Irvine)



Psych Congress Steering Committee member Eric Arauz, MLER, explains the concept of “trauma informed” care and what it means for mental health professionals.

Psych Congress Steering Committee members Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC, and Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, discuss the latest research on the use of psychedelics with psychotherapy.

In a new study published in JAMA, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players—more than half of them from the National Football League (NFL)—for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).