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Category : PTSD

Choice and Control over Mental Health Services Can Lead to Better Outcomes

When people have some choice and control over their mental health care, they have better outcomes. That is the conclusion of a couple of recent studies looking at different aspects of choice in treatment and care.

Emotional Support a Critical Part of Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

Women diagnosed with breast cancer not only face the physical challenges of the cancer and the treatment, but also often experience psychological distress and symptoms of anxiety and depression. As the American Cancer Society notes, some amount of depression, anxiety, and fear is normal, and some women are more affected than others.

Focusing on Preventing Veteran Suicide

Suicide among veterans is a national concern—from 2008 to 2016, more than 6,000 veterans died by suicide each year. Address the problem and preventing suicide is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In September, the VA released national and state-level findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016.

The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault

A sexual assault experienced by either you or a loved one can evoke a variety of reactions. To avoid confusion about what can be called a sexual assault, the U.S. Justice Department recently defined it as any sexual act you do not consent to, “including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.”

Coping with Past Trauma

Most of us will experience trauma at some point—an estimated 70 percent of adults in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, a car accident, violence, or sexual assault, at least once in their lives. Most people are resilient; however, the effects of trauma can be extensive and long-lasting.