Secondhand Violence and PTSD: An Interview with Mac McClelland 

In June 2011, Mac McClelland published an essay called "I'm Going to Need You to Fight Me On This" in GOOD Magazine. It was a first-person piece about her use of violent sex as a means of dealing with PTSD, which she said had gripped her after a series of traumatizing events on a reporting trip to Haiti. Her account… » 3/04/15 1:30pm 3/04/15 1:30pm

​There May Be a Link Between PTSD and Food Addiction in Women

A new study has found that women who suffer from PTSD are more likely to have food addiction (feelings of dependence on food), and that the food addiction may depend on the type and timing of trauma. » 9/21/14 3:00pm 9/21/14 3:00pm

Black Women Twice as Susceptible to PTSD After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

As more women between the ages of 25 to 39 are being diagnosed with breast cancer (gaaaah), researchers are taking additional steps to address the emotional and psychological trauma involved in the diagnosis. After analyzing the interviews of over 1,100 women recently diagnosed, the Journal of the National Cancer… » 3/02/13 4:45pm 3/02/13 4:45pm

National Review Columnist Says Female Vet Rape Survivors Who Have PTSD…

The New York Times ran a harrowing story today about female veterans who are homeless thanks to military sexual trauma (M.S.T.) from assaults or harassment during their service, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. » 2/28/13 6:00pm 2/28/13 6:00pm

Ecstasy Could Help Survivors of Sexual Assault

The party drug MDMA, colloquially known as the party drug Ecstasy, can be used to cure patients of severe post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study of experimental testing of combining the drug with psychotherapy. The research, however, was not conducted on war veterans, a group most often associated with… » 12/03/12 12:15pm 12/03/12 12:15pm

Study That Links Abortion and Adverse Mental Problems Actually…

Researchers have clarified the results of a much-cited 2009 study that purports to link abortion and lingering crazylady aftereffects of the procedure. And by "clarified," I mean "debunked." The study's hogwash, from top to bottom. And it seems that researchers originally presented deliberately misleading findings in… » 3/06/12 7:00pm 3/06/12 7:00pm

Even Military Dogs Are Being Diagnosed With PTSD

We know that many soldiers are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, but they're not the only ones disturbed by what they've seen in war zones. The concept is new, but military veterinarians say they're diagnosing service dogs with PTSD and even developing treatments, even… » 12/02/11 9:30am 12/02/11 9:30am

For One Woman, Violent Sex Is Therapy

Journalist Mac McClelland witnessed a rape victim's trauma in Haiti, and was later diagnosed with PTSD. She writes, "under the circumstances, violent sex wasn't a matter of recreation for me. It was a way, one way, to help get better." Her description of the (consensual) encounter that helped her heal is raw and may… » 6/27/11 5:45pm 6/27/11 5:45pm

Women's Post-Combat Stress Similar To Men

A new study finds that in the year after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, male and female servicemembers had similar levels of combat-related stress. » 6/08/11 10:10am 6/08/11 10:10am

Pregnancy Complicates PTSD, Depression In Female Veterans

Women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan face a higher risk of mental illness during pregnancy. A study of 43,000 vets showed hormonal and physiological changes associated with pregnancy may bring out or worsen conditions like PTSD or depression. » 12/22/10 11:20am 12/22/10 11:20am

My Nightmares, Myself — And A Possible Cure

All my life, I've suffered from nightmares. Dinosaurs, murderers, evil versions of my own family — all have stalked my sleep over the years. Now there may be a cure. » 7/27/10 12:35pm 7/27/10 12:35pm

You Don't Want To Know What's In Your Cosmetics.

"I’m Back In The Human Race": Elle Takes On New PTSD Therapy

In the past year, Elle's had a surprising number of pretty serious articles on mental health. This month, writer Louisa Kamps tackles a new therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, in which sufferers mentally relive traumatic events. » 8/26/09 7:00pm 8/26/09 7:00pm

U.S. Government Continues To Shaft Female Veterans

...And with the publication of Helen Benedict's book and Courtney E. Martin's American Prospect article about female soldiers suffering from PTSD after sexual assault, the issue might actually get the attention it deserves. » 4/14/09 3:00pm 4/14/09 3:00pm

Another Iraq Vet Arrested For SO's Death • Maternity Leave Makes Euros…

Where is the mental health outreach for our veterans? John Wylie Needham, an Iraq war veteran who described himself as "falling apart at the seams" upon returning from combat, has been arrested » 9/03/08 5:30pm 9/03/08 5:30pm for beating his girlfriend to death in Orange County, California. • New reports about in young women who have received shots…

Is Having A Baby A Traumatic Event?

A new survey says that 9% of postpartum women suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. » 8/05/08 12:30pm 8/05/08 12:30pm You know, the same disorder that Iraq vets and plane crash survivors get. Something does not compute here, especially when you read further into the piece about this increasingly common affliction. "Childbirth-related PTSD…

The Damaged Dog And The Invisible Door


The clip above features a poor dog who doesn't realize there's no glass or screen on the door of her home. While some may make the case that Isabel, the dog, is dumb as a stump, one could surmise that she actually has some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder or Pavlovian avoidance issue: clearly there used to be… » 2/07/08 3:30pm 2/07/08 3:30pm