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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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  • June 4, 2016
  • 07:40 PM
  • 166 views

Trauma research must be Open Access

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

We recently examined how global and how open the literature on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is.

Not so global, and not so open.

Only 13% of the publications of 2012 regarded samples in low- or middle-income countries and 58% were behind a paywall.

It worries me that practicing psychologists can’t access the latest research on therapy effectiveness...
... Read more »

  • March 4, 2016
  • 09:30 AM
  • 297 views

Refugees in Europe: A Crisis?

by Eva Alisic in Trauma Recovery

Over 1 million people arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. And since the conflict in Syria continues, this influx will not halt.

It is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II according to the UNHCR. The journey by sea is dangerous, the circumstances in refugee camps and asylum seeker centers are far from ideal – to say the least – and tensions between host countries make it difficult to find constructive solutions.
... Read more »

  • January 27, 2016
  • 05:00 PM
  • 288 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
  • 238 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
  • 242 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
  • 251 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
  • 220 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
  • 248 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
  • 231 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
  • 234 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
  • 253 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
  • 220 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
  • 496 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
  • 514 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
  • 532 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
  • 425 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
  • 633 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
  • 610 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
  • 630 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
  • 850 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 »

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