Category Archives: PTSD

Zoë Quinn on the Collateral Damage of “Triggered” Jokes

Over the weekend, game developer Zoë Quinn (Depression Quest, Framed) tackled a meme that many of us with mental health issues struggle with: the rampant, casual misuse of the idea of triggers or being triggered. It’s something we’ve looked at from both a personal and professional perspective in the past, and it’s only become more […]

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Trauma and Trigger Warnings

By Dr. Tyson Bailey Imagine for a moment that whatever scares you the most (spiders, clowns, the girl from The Ring) is hiding around the corner from you. In the first scenario you have no warning and are left do deal with your emotions from the surprise encounter. In the second scenario, you have some […]

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‘Pry’ Gives Players a Look Inside a Life Touched by PTSD

  Pry isn’t much like other games. You might not consider it a game at all. Its developers call it an exploratory novella — interactive fiction, but without branching path or adventures to choose. All there is to choose is how you’ll interact with its imagery from moment to moment: whether you want the surface […]

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PTSD Study Takes Veterans Out to Ride the Rapids

Taking part in a PTSD study doesn’t sound like a particularly fun way to spend the summer, but a group of researchers at UC Berkeley is challenging that assumption with a whitewater rafting experience for veterans and inner-city youths. The study is led by Craig Anderson, a Berkeley doctoral student in psychology. Anderson and his […]

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‘The Face of PTSD’ Will Tell Veterans’ Stories to Tear Down Stereotypes

The Face of PTSD Indiegogo Trailer from Malka MG on Vimeo. A new documentary aims to show the reality of life with PTSD for veterans across America, a situation that too often involves dealing with stereotypes of violence and unpredictable danger. The Face of PTSD wants to help break down those stereotypes and show what […]

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“Triggered” – A Personal Response to a Popular Meme

Though it’s already fading from Twitch chat in favor of newer, danker memes, I’ve noticed “triggered” popping up in streams, chats, and comment threads for a while now. As far as I understand, at worst it is a snarky pushback at the concept of hyper-sensitivity as a cultural currency. But often it’s internet shorthand for […]

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New Bill Would Provide Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

Last week, Republicans introduced a bill with what has to be one of the best backronyms to ever reach Congress: PAWS – the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act. But it’s not just a perfect name – it’s also a wonderful idea. The PAWS Act would provide funding and direction for a pilot program with the […]

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What is PTSD?

By Ryan Hamann, clinician, M. Psych. Sc. Lara was rethinking her decision. The last thing that she wanted to do was to explain her nightmares and flashbacks to a therapist. The unbreakable “tomb raider”, as she had come to be known, can scale sheer rock walls but cannot walk down the street without jumping at […]

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Afghanistan veteran challenges the conversation around PTSD in the media

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been in the news in the few days since Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, spoke out about her son Track’s experiences coming home from serving in Iraq. She indicated to the media that his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence was a ramification of PTSD, igniting a national […]

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