Skip to content

NIMH Pages About Coping with Traumatic Events

Overview of Coping with Traumatic Events…


Publications About Coping with Traumatic Events

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do
Helping Chilren and Adolescents

A brochure that describes what teachers, clergy, and other adults in the community can do to help children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters.

En Español

Continue Reading…

Fact Sheet on Stress
woman looking stressed

This fact sheet provides answers to common questions about stress and explains the different types of stress and how to manage it.

Continue Reading…

Coping with Continued Stress: The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

A fact sheet describing how to cope with continued uncertainty surrounding the Gulf oil spill.

Continue Reading…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Easy-to-Read)
PTSD

An easy-to-read booklet on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help.

En Español

Continue Reading…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD

A booklet on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that explains what it is, treatment options, and how to get help.

Continue Reading…


Science News About Coping with Traumatic Events

Children Carry Emotional Burden of AIDS Epidemic in China

Science Update

Researcher interviewing with teen study participant

Having a parent with HIV/AIDS or losing one or both parents to the illness leads to poorer mental health among children in China, according to a recent study funded in part by NIMH. Published in the November–December 2009 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the study also emphasizes the need to develop culturally and developmentally appropriate measures and interventions for diverse populations.

Continue Reading…

History of Childhood Maltreatment Linked to Higher Rates of Unemployment, Poverty

Science Update

boy's face

The long-term impacts of childhood maltreatment include higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and use of social services in adulthood, according to a new study by David Zielinski, Ph.D., of the NIMH Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications. The related losses in productivity and tax revenues, increased spending on social services, and potential transmission of abusive behaviors from one generation to the next, suggest major costs to society as well. The results were published online ahead of print on October 8, 2009, in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect.

Continue Reading…

PTSD Treatment Efforts for Returning War Veterans to be Evaluated

Science Update

man and woman in individual therapy

Joan Cook, Ph.D., of Yale University and colleagues have been awarded funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to evaluate the implementation of two evidence-based psychotherapies for treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans. The grant addresses the NIH Challenge Grant topic “Strategies to Support Uptake of Interventions within Clinical Community and Settings.”

Continue Reading…

Economic Analysis Estimates Cost of Providing Comprehensive Mental Health Care Following Disasters

Science Update

adult hugging child in lake

Making evidence-based mental health services accessible to everyone in a disaster-stricken area would have substantial public health benefits, according to a statistical model developed by NIMH-funded researchers.

Continue Reading…

Child Abuse Survivors Have Higher Risk for STDs in Adulthood Than Non-abused Adults

Science Update

A history of child abuse or neglect can increase the risk for STDs in adulthood, according to a study partly funded by NIMH. The researchers reported their findings in the April 2009 supplemental issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Continue Reading…


Posts About Coping with Traumatic Events

Understanding Severe Mental Illness

By Thomas Insel on January 11, 2011

When a tragedy occurs like the shooting in Tucson this past weekend, we are reminded of the urgent need for early diagnosis and treatment of people who may suffer from a serious mental illness.

Tragedy at Fort Hood

By Thomas Insel on November 06, 2009

The horrific events yesterday at Fort Hood leave many Americans stunned and saddened. For those closest to the events, there is both shock and trauma. Natural disasters and violent attacks have combined in recent years to make Americans very much aware of the mental and emotional repercussions of exposure to traumatic events and of the importance of providing support, and when necessary, effective treatment to people who have experienced them. The events at Fort Hood come just as NIMH is launching the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service-members (Army STARRS), developed at the request of the U.S. Army in the summer of 2009.


Meeting Summaries About Coping with Traumatic Events

NIMH Workshop on Child Maltreatment and Trauma: Integrating Biological, Cognitive, and Social Trajectories of Development

Bethesda, Maryland

In August 2010, NIMH convened a multidisciplinary workshop to discuss the state of empirical knowledge about, and opportunities regarding, the psychological and biological consequences of maltreatment in children.

Continue Reading…

Prevention of Traumatic Stress Disorders in High-Risk Occupations: Current Knowledge and Research Opportunities

Bethesda, Maryland

The NIMH Office of Prevention and the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development, Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program, held a meeting involving trauma researchers, prevention scientists, and subject-matter experts responsible for preparing civilian and military personnel for disaster response, mass casualty events, and combat.

Continue Reading…

Early Psychological Intervention Following Mass Trauma: Present and Future Directions

New York

NIMH partnered with the New York Medical College and School of Public Health and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Center for Study of Traumatic Stress, for a meeting of trauma and early intervention experts.

Continue Reading…


Director’s Updates About Coping with Traumatic Events

Tragedy at Fort Hood

The horrific events yesterday at Fort Hood leave many Americans stunned and saddened. For those closest to the events, there is both shock and trauma.

Continue Reading…

NIMH Staff Provide Mental Health Care to the Gulf Coast Region

In the last months of summer, two devastating hurricanes destroyed the lives, homes, and livelihoods of millions of Americans in the southern Gulf Coast region.

Continue Reading…

Coping with Hurricane Katrina

The initial response to a disaster like Hurricane Katrina rightly focuses on meeting the immediate material needs of survivors. As the nation addresses those needs, it must also prepare to meet the often acute emotional needs of both survivors and responders.

Continue Reading…

NIMH Topics

Disorders

Populations

Research

Other