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A blog about traumatic exposure, posttraumatic stress, and recovery. With a particular focus on children.

Eva Alisic
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  • January 27, 2016
  • 05:00 PM
  • 108 views

Getting rid of the Ghost People

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Patrick became a child soldier at the age of 13, abducted by Ugandan rebels.

Schultz and Weisaeth (2015) describe his story, his mental health problems, and his treatment, a local cleansing ritual. They conclude that the ritual is safe, effective, and perhaps even more powerful than Western-style therapy. ... Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 103 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 90 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 104 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 93 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 102 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 94 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 92 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 111 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • January 26, 2016
  • 03:35 PM
  • 108 views

Children in the Emergency Department

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Jonas was a master tree climber. Until today. Now his left leg has a strange angle, and he has been knocked out by the fall.

Every year, millions of injured children require treatment at a hospital Emergency Department. Approximately 1 in 6 of them develop persistent stress symptoms, such as nightmares, concentration difficulties and negative thoughts.

Emergency Department doctors and nurses provide physical care but they can also support children’s emotional wellbeing. How well are ........ Read more »

  • July 15, 2015
  • 05:35 PM
  • 355 views

Why demographics – including sexual orientation – matter in PTSD research

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

There has been a lot of focus in the US media on the difficulties with access to the Veterans Affairs services. But many younger Veterans aren’t even getting close to those services.... Read more »

  • March 27, 2015
  • 01:22 AM
  • 372 views

Is a trauma focus truly needed in PTSD treatment?

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

For treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to be effective, is it really necessary to focus on the trauma itself? ... Read more »

Barlow DH, Bullis JR, Comer JS, & Ametaj AA. (2013) Evidence-based psychological treatments: an update and a way forward. Annual review of clinical psychology, 1-27. PMID: 23245338  

Watts BV, Schnurr PP, Mayo L, Young-Xu Y, Weeks WB, & Friedman MJ. (2013) Meta-analysis of the efficacy of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. The Journal of clinical psychiatry. PMID: 23842024  

Wampold BE, Imel ZE, Laska KM, Benish S, Miller SD, Flückiger C, Del Re AC, Baardseth TP, & Budge S. (2010) Determining what works in the treatment of PTSD. Clinical psychology review, 923-33. PMID: 20638168  

  • February 6, 2015
  • 08:46 AM
  • 398 views

Do we let patients suffer needlessly?

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

PTSD treatment guidelines invariably point to trauma-focused therapies as preferred interventions. But is this trauma focus justified? ... Read more »

  • October 15, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 317 views

Trauma research needs to be more global and accessible

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Imagine a 7-year old boy living in India. One day, his father gets drunk and kills his mother. The boy is a witness to the homicide, and develops a high fever as a response. Imagine you’re the mental health professional who is called to support the boy. Some of the things you would want to know are how children in India respond to severe trauma, what words they use, and what helps them to recover.

Unfortunately, that information is virtually nonexistent. T... Read more »

Fodor, K., Unterhitzenberger, J., Chou, C., Kartal, D., Leistner, S., Milosavljevic, M., Nocon, A., Soler, L., White, J., Yoo, S.... (2014) Is traumatic stress research global? A bibliometric analysis. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v5.23269  

  • July 24, 2014
  • 05:30 PM
  • 496 views

Grief in Children and Adolescents

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

The plane crash in Ukraine brings up many questions related to loss and grief. How will those left behind cope with the devastating event? How can we support them? With regard to how young people cope with bereavement, Dr. Mariken Spuij’s recent articles provide new insights.... Read more »

  • May 5, 2014
  • 05:47 PM
  • 493 views

One in six children develops PTSD after trauma, but differences exist

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

How many children develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder after a traumatic experience such as an assault, a car crash, war or disaster? William Yule – one of the godfathers of child traumatic stress research – once pointed out that rates reported in separate studies varied from 0 to 100%. So what is the average rate to be expected? And are there differences between types of trauma? ... Read more »

  • March 30, 2014
  • 04:58 AM
  • 473 views

Mental health consequences of childhood cancer

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Childhood cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was and survival rates are currently around 80%. How are survivors affected by their experience and how does it impact on their family? Lifetime prevalence of cancer-related PTSD has been estimated at 20-35% in survivors.
New research challenges these estimates, drawing attention to the 'focusing illusion'... Read more »

  • November 28, 2013
  • 06:41 AM
  • 735 views

We'd rather rely on others to do the hard work

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

It’s called the collective action problem: we’d rather rely on others to do the hard work.In a cohesive community however, it is more likely that people will volunteer to become active. The reason? The enforceable trust that comes with the cohesion. This is important for how you organise your daily working life (make sure your team is cohesive) :-) but may also explain why some communities have less trouble than others to overcome disaster experiences.... Read more »

  • September 30, 2013
  • 08:33 AM
  • 686 views

Traumatic Events do Not Occur at Random

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

The media is filled with stories about traumatized children and adolescents, such as the school shootings at Sandy Hook and Columbine. However, a range of more common traumatic events, such as accidents and caregiver maltreatment, receive less attention. ... Read more »

McLaughlin, Koenen, Hill, Petukhova, Sampson, Zaslavsky, & Kessler. (2013) Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a National Sample of Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child , 815. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.05.011  

  • September 19, 2013
  • 10:21 AM
  • 679 views

New guidelines for the treatment of ASD and PTSD in children

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Do not use psychological debriefing when a child has been exposed to a traumatic event such as assault or a major car crash.

This is one of the recommendations of the brand new Australian Guidelines for ASD and PTSD Treatment.

What are the others, and how strong is the research backing them up? ... Read more »

Rodenburg R, Benjamin A, de Roos C, Meijer AM, & Stams GJ. (2009) Efficacy of EMDR in children: a meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 29(7), 599-606. PMID: 19616353  

Salloum A, & Overstreet S. (2008) Evaluation of individual and group grief and trauma interventions for children post disaster. Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 37(3), 495-507. PMID: 18645741  

Trowell J, Kolvin I, Weeramanthri T, Sadowski H, Berelowitz M, Glaser D, & Leitch I. (2002) Psychotherapy for sexually abused girls: psychopathological outcome findings and patterns of change. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 234-47. PMID: 11872516  

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