APA Blog

Building Resilient Communities: Embracing Trauma-Informed Care

While many people are very resilient, people can experience difficulties in response to trauma, including nightmares, flashbacks, problems focusing, depression or anxiety. Trauma exposure can also result in physical health challenges such as sleep difficulties, headaches, stomachaches and fatigue. Children, teenagers, and young adults can be more vulnerable to the effects of trauma.

Relax, Take a Deep Breath

Most of us have probably heard, or made the suggestion to someone, to “relax, take a deep breath” as a way to help calm down and reduce stress or anxiety. Breathing techniques have long been used as part of traditional stress reduction practices and their use is supported by much research. Practices involving consciously controlling and focusing on your breathing can be powerful tools for relaxation, stress reduction and mental health.

APA, Allied Organizations Urge Senate to Dismiss Obamacare Repeal Bill

APA cosigned a letter today with five other medical societies addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging the Senate to forgo a Republican-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of real, bi-partisan health care reform.

Exploring Mind Body Connections

New research continues to explore the many ways physical and mental health are connected and to understand how these connections might lead to better treatments or even prevention.

New Online Tool to Help Make Decisions about PTSD Treatment

A new tool from the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD can help people understand and compare treatment options and identify the type of treatment that might be the best fit for them.