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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
National Center for PTSD   Research and Education on PTSD

The PILOTS database   An electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental-health sequelae of exposure to traumatic events.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder   Public Information and definitions supplied by the APA.

Traumatic Stress   Part of the excellent site of Dr. Beth Hudnell Stamm, this page contains references, archived papers, and measures of traumatic stress and secondary traumatic stress.

Gift from Within: An International Charity for Survivors of Trauma and Victimization   Gift from Within is a nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Their philosophy is to rekindle hope and restore dignity to trauma survivors by offering educational materials, including videotapes, articles, books, resources, links, a survivor poetry and art gallery and a roster of survivors who participate in an international network of peer support. GFW's Founder, Dr. Frank Ochberg, is a former associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of violence.

Patience Press: Publisher of Books and Literature about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)   From Patience Mason, the editor: "In 1998, the conventional wisdom was "It [trauma] changes you, and you'll have to take these pills forever." I can't agree. Pills may help you, but PTSD is helped by telling your story. Therapy with an effective therapist whom you feel cares about your recovery is essential. Cognitive therapy, talk therapy, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) are all effective without side effects. (Read more about them in this site's Post-Traumatic Gazette). If you have been told that "this is as good as it gets," you are being misinformed. Even if you have been telling your story and are stuck, all it means is that there is more to the story. Perhaps you need another way to look at yourself, another way of looking at the world, a more compassionate way, before you can tell the rest".

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Bibliography   An annotated list of books and articles about the emotional aftershocks of rape, incest, child abuse, street crime, family violence, war, Holocaust, racial violence, political terror, and other forms of psychological trauma.

Neurobiology, Neurophysiology
"The Limbic System: The Center of Emotions",  by Julio Rocha do Amaral, MD & Jorge Martins de Oliveira, MD, PhD. Humans display the largest web of connections between the prefrontal area and the traditional limbic structures. Perhapas that is why they present, among all species, the greatest variety of feelings and emotions. This fascinating illustrated treatise is very scientifically oriented yet easily readable by the lay person.

"Neurobiological Sequelae of Childhood Trauma: Post-traumatic Stress Disorders in Children",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. [Originally published in Catecholamine Function in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Emerging Concepts, (M Murburg, Ed.), American Psychiatric Press]

"Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation and Use-dependent Development of the Brain: How States become Traits",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopmental Factors in the 'Cycle of Violence'",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Memories of Fear: How the Brain Stores and Retrieves Physiologic States, Feelings, Behaviors and Thoughts from Traumatic Events",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Persisting Psychophysiological Effects of Traumatic Stress: The Memory of 'States'",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on the Developing Brain",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Traumatized Children: How Childhood Trauma Influences Brain Development",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Neurodevelopmental Aspects of Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Neurobiological Responses to Threat",   by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. [Official citation: Perry, BD Neurophysiological Aspects of Anxiety Disorders in Children. In: Textbook of Pediatric Neuropsychiatry (CE Coffey and RA Brumback, Eds.). American Psychiatric Press]

"Adrenergic Receptor Regulation in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

"Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children: How Abuse and Neglect in Childhood Impact Social and Emotional Development",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. [CIVITAS Academy Caregiver Education Series]

"The Neuroarcheology of Childhood Maltreatment The Neurodevelopmental Costs of Adverse Childhood Events",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. [The most recent articulation of Perry's neurodevelopmental perspective on adverse childhood events]

"The Child's Loss -- Death, Grief and Mourning: How Caregivers Can Help Children Exposed to Traumatic Death",  by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. [CIVITAS Academy Caregiver Education Series]

"The Body Keeps the Score"   An article by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Subtitle: "Memory and the evolving psychobiology of post traumatic stress".

"Dissociation and the Fragmentary Nature of Traumatic Memories"   An overview and exploratory study by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk.

Brain & Mind   An electronic magazine with the purpose of presenting knowledge about Neuroscience, as well as information which may lead to a better understanding of normal and pathological mental processes that occur in a human being, by using a clear and accessible language to students, non specialists and lay persons.

Other Therapies
Wellscape: Mind/Body Health One of the premier website gathering places for those interested in complementary, alternative, and integrated medical, psychological, and mind-body health care. The site features information and resources including discussion groups, mailing lists, "chat" meetings, and other forms of professional and public communication.

Psych Innovations Bob Yourell's excellent site, including TIR, EMDR, etc.

Play Therapy For over 25 years the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE) has been provding training, supervision, and certification for mental health professionals in the Child-Centered Play Therapy model. NIRE conducts basic and advanced skills training workshops in play therapy, as well as offering supervision and certification in this effective intervention with children.

Pages on EMDR & child trauma Ricky Greenwald, PsyD

The Center for Attitudinal Healing The mission of the Center is to support people in finding ways to overcome the fear, conflict, and separation that accompanies personal crisis, whether that crisis is the result of illness, social conditions or psychological trauma.

Emotional Freedom Techniques® Gary Craig's EFT webpages

Somatic Trauma Therapy Website Member: International and European Societies for Traumatic Stress Studies & European Association for Body-Psychotherapy

Trauma Recovery Institute A private, free-standing organization devoted to providing care for traumatized persons and training for trauma therapists. The primary mission is to treat children and adults who have been traumatized by overwhelming life events and need treatment that is not yet available in a traditional medical program.

Thought Field Therapy® The Callahan Techniques is a "power therapy"- a revolutionary new method for the rapid treatment of psychological problems.

Bach Centre Bach Flower Remedies

Sites of Professor Charles Figley
Green Cross Projects Represents the humanitarian and service initiative of the Psychosocial Stress Research Program. The goal of this initiative is to provide immediate trauma intervention to all areas of our world when a crisis occurs.

The Traumatic-Stress Forum This Traumatology Forum has been in operation since March of 1994. Most of the members study or treat those who have or are still experiencing the effects of enduring a traumatic event. Affiliated with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Traumatology The International Electronic Journal of Innovations in the Study of the Traumatization Process and Methods for Reducing or Eliminating Related Human Suffering.

The International Traumatology Institute: Traumatology Certification This certification is the formal process to designate the individuals who have the requisite training and experience to support those who are directly or indirectly experiencing the effects of a traumatic situation. The Traumatology Institute's clinical research team has also developed a powerful Accelerated Recovery Program for professionals who provide care to those who suffer from the negative effects of working with traumatized/troubled clients, commonly known as Compassion Fatigue. See: Certification in Accelerated Recovery for Compassion Fatigue.

Books by Professor Charles Figley, as well as many other books on Trauma, Psychology and Neurobiology.

Educational Videos with Dr. Charles Figley:

When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Trauma Workers, Produced by Gift From Within. Based on Charles Figley's book, Compassion Fatigue, this video outlines the symptoms of Secondary Traumatization and Compassion Fatigue. The video was produced for trauma workers and those exposed to trauma due to their professions or volunteer work and what organizations and supervisors can do to prevent or reduce its effects on trauma workers.

Recovering From Traumatic Events: The Healing Process, Produced by Gift From Within, this video presents recovered survivors and therapists discussing their experiences with the healing process after traumatic events. The main focus of the video is on what helped and did not help them during their healing process.

Government & International Agencies & Support Sites
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Formerly called the "Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM)" this branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) facilitates research and evaluation of unconventional medical practices and disseminates this information to the public.

The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) The only international organization offering three distinct certifications to individuals providing support, education, intervention and treatment in the field of traumatic stress.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Founded in 1985, ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and to the stimulation of policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) A grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of families and friends of people with serious mental illness, and those persons themselves.

Hospice Foundation of America On this site you can learn about hospice care, how to select a hospice and how to locate a hospice near you. You can learn of HFA's programs, read excerpts from the publications, order books and videos and sign up for the annual bereavement teleconference.

Pendulum : Bipolar Disorder Resources Since 1994, Pendulum has been the most comprehensive and supportive information source for bipolar disorders. The information at this web site is for consumers, family members and mental health workers to make informed decisions about the care and treatment of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. This site was off-line for quite some time due to heavy demand, but is back again in great force.

Natural Hazards Center A national and international clearinghouse for information on natural hazards and human adjustments to hazards and disasters. Located at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS ) A national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the Armed Forces. Offers free grief counseling referral, case worker assistance and crisis information.

Center for Victims of Torture A private, non-profit organization founded in 1985 to provide direct care and rehabilitation services to survivors of politically-motivated torture and to members of their families. The first organization of its kind in the United States, it has pioneered a comprehensive assessment and care program that is unique in this country.

Reactive Attachment Disorder Links This page contains links to web sites and pages having to do with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Part of the Attachment Disorder Support Group.

the Anxiety Panic internet resource (tAPir)   A grass roots project involving thousands of people interested in anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, shyness, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior and post traumatic stress, tAPir is a self-help network dedicated to the overcoming and cure of overwhelming anxiety.

Anxiety Research Group   This site from the University of Arizona focuses on behavioral and neural underpinnings of anxiety disorders using data from a variety of species. In particular, they are using behavioral, endocrine, and fMRI studies to outline the characteristics and properties of human spatial cognition under normal and highly stressful conditions. Their focus has been on testing a model of specific phobia originally outlined by Jacobs and Nadel (1985) and expanded to include other anxiety disorders by Jacobs, Nadel, & Hayden (1992). They have recently made a number of exciting empirical discoveries through the use of a newly developed computer-based method of studying place learning and memory in humans.

Mainstream Mental Health Sites
At Health, Inc. John L. Miller, M.D. maintains this excellent and comprehensive mental health site with a wide range of resources and treatment directories. Great newsletter for new articles and calendars of workshops and conferences.

Medscape Free access to scientific journals and articles from all over the world

Mental Health An incredibly extensive site with many resources.

Psych Central Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page, a personalized one-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet.

Mental Health and Ilness Monthly columns on new developments and links to new articles on the Web and other resources. They also have extremelygood overviews of Depression, OCD, Panic Disorder and Fear.

Electronic & Mental Health Journals
Traumatology The International Electronic Journal of Innovations in the Study of the Traumatization Process and Methods for Reducing or Eliminating Related Human Suffering, ed: Professor Charles Figley.

PTSD Research Quarterly From Dartmouth and the good folks at the National Center for PTSD, this Research Quarterly contains review articles on specific topics related to PTSD, written by guest experts. Each article contains a selective bibliography with abstracts and a supplementary list of annotated citations.

PSYCHE A refereed electronic journal dedicated to supporting the interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES in Health and Medicine A peer-reviewed journal for practitioners on integrating alternative therapies with conventional medicine

Post-Traumatic Gazette A newsletter providing a healing perspective for all trauma survivors, their families, friends and therapists. Published by Patience Press

Neuropsychology Central Online Forum - a www discussion group for neuropsychology and related issues.

The American Journal of Pyschiatry

eBMJ From the British Journal of Medicine. Has some great features, including a free service that notifies you when articles of your chosen interest are published on the site.

Archives of General Psychiatry From the AMA, original state-of-the-art studies and commentaries of general interest to clinicians, scholars and research scientists in psychiatry, mental health, behavioral science and allied fields.

AJPM Online The official website of the American Journal of Preventitive Medicine.

Pharmacology & Medications
The Wonderful World of Diseases A fascinating catalog of links and information on all your favorite diseases and human conditions, including a few that you have probably never heard of. Includes an online bookstore which caters to those who enjoy reading about epidemiology and microscopic life-forms of a contagious nature. Lists eveything from PTSD to plague to Gulf War Syndrome to AIDS and more.

The Parkinsons Information Exchange Network Online (PIENO) Drug Database An extensive full monograph service on most major pharmaceuticals including investigational drugs. I give this site 5 stars for usefulness and degree of information provided. The information on various drugs and espescially their interactions are meticulously researched. There is much "behind the scenes" medical information here that you normally don't find on most drug databases, possibly because this site was prepared entirely by volunteers without any commercial influence.

RxList The Internet Drug Index. A very good searchable database of over 4,500 medications. This website gives deatiled information on brands, clinical pharmacology, indicatons and dosage, side effects and drug interactions, overdosage and contraindications, as well as simple patient information. A new section on Alternative Medicine gives many full drug monographs or other information on Western herbs, homeopathics, and Chinese herbal remedies.

Psychopharmacology Tips by Dr. Bob From Robert Hsiung, MD - Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Chicago - this is intended to be a psychopharmacology resource for the general public. The goal is to provide information about psychiatric medications and, to some extent, about psychiatric conditions. What is unique about this resource is that it draws upon the knowledge and experience of not just one person, but an entire world-wide web of mental health professionals.

The Pharmacy: Dr. Koop's Community This site run by our former Surgeon-General has a good search feature and is geared more towards the general public, with consumer hand-outs listed first before drug interactions, etc. Good for a quick reference or where extensive clinical information is not needed.

Medications Very extensive information on most neuropharmacological medications.

e-Medicine   Emergency Medicine. Over 650 topics providing detailed information on the diagnosis and management of disorders in emergency settings.

Comprehensive Trauma Sites
David Baldwin's Trauma Info Pages One of the absolute best Trauma Information Sites available w/hundreds of informative full text articles, explanations, reviews and links. Incredibly well done!

Trauma Central This valubale online resource - produced by Hope E. Morrow, MA, MFT, CTS - continues to grow and expand with a multitude of excellent articles on trauma that have been "published" on the Internet and gathered here in one location.

Mental Help Net Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Stress Resources

Grief, Death & Dying
Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) An international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to improving the quality of education, counseling and care-giving pertaining to dying, death, grief and loss.

Hospice Foundation of America On this site you can learn about hospice care, how to select a hospice and how to locate a hospice near you. You can learn of HFA's programs, read excerpts from the publications, order books and videos and sign up for the annual bereavement teleconference.

Growth House A searchable resource list. Growth House is a San Fransisco-based organization whose primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education about hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, death with dignity, bereavement, and related end of life topics.

Project on Death in America (PDIA) A Soros Network foundation to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement in the United States.

GriefNet A system that can connect you with a variety of resources related to death, dying, bereavement, and major emotional and physical losses. Offers retrievable information and interactive communication facilities -- discussion and support groups.

HospiceNet Dedicated to providing information and support to patients, families and friends facing life-threatening illnesses. Contains more than one hundred articles regarding end-of-life issues.

Sites Specific to Children & Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)
CIVITAS "ChildTrauma" Programs The ChildTrauma Academy focuses on service, training and research in the area of child maltreatment. Sponsored by Dr. Bruce Perry

Sidran Foundation & Press A national non-profit organization devoted to education, advocacy and research related to the early recognition and treatment of trauma-related stress in children and the understanding and treatment of adults suffering from trauma-generated disorders

The CHILD SURVIVOR of Traumatic Stress Another site that has on-line copies of their newsletter

Jim Hopper's Homepage Educate yourself about the controversial issue of forgetting and remembering experiences of child abuse, the sexual abuse of boys and its lasting effects in the lives of men, the Cycle of Violence and the relationships between masculine gender socialization and violence at this scholarly site. If you are also interested in the False Memory Syndrome (FMS) debate, see this Assistant Director of Research and Postdoctoral Fellow's (at The Trauma Center at HRI Hospital) Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources section. It is the most well-known reference on this subject.

Play Therapy For over 25 years the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE) has been provding training, supervision, and certification for mental health professionals in the Child-Centered Play Therapy Model. NIRE conducts basic and advanced skills training workshops in play therapy, as well as offering supervision and certification in this effective intervention with children.

Child Development Resources   Classic theories in child development as well as a host of resources.

A-to-Z Child Abuse Yellow Pages   Also includes info on missing kids, a search feature, how to report child abuse and a message forum.

Search Engines
The Online Dictionary of Mental Health By InterPsych and the Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies - a global information resource and research tool covering all of the disciplines contributing to the understanding of mental health . The Dictionary is an exercise in democratic psychiatry in keeping with the traditions of the host site. Therefore there are no definitions here; instead there are links to many sites offering different viewpoints on issues in mental health

Health A to Z The search engine for health and medicine.

PubMed From the NIH, the National Library of Medicine's search service to access the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases.

Personality & IQ Tests Interactive just for fun: "There are some people who feel these tests should only be given by trained professionals. I assure you, I am not a trained professional and I will not be around when you take it. If you want company, check out these people ( the professionals), or call your local psychologist.