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Disaster news on TV and social media can trigger post-traumatic stress in kids thousands of miles away

Disaster news on TV and social media can trigger post-traumatic stress in kids thousands of miles away

Authors JONATHAN S. COMER, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Florida International University ANTHONY STEVEN DICK, Professor of Psychology, Florida International University When disasters strike, the flood of images on TV and social media can have a powerful psychological impact on children – whether those children are physically in the line of danger or watching from thousands of miles away. Our latest research uses brain scans to show how simply watching news coverage of disasters can raise childen’s anxiety and trigger responses in their brains that put them at risk of post-traumatic stress symptoms. It also explores why some children are…
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How embroidery broke the silence around women’s apartheid trauma

How embroidery broke the silence around women’s apartheid trauma

PULENG SEGALO, Professor of Psychology, University of South Africa HOW do we speak trauma? We know from medicine that people embody trauma, beyond words. It shows up in our hearts and our blood pressure, our dreams and our nightmares; we pass it onto our children, and we work it through in arts, spirituality, counselling. My work has focused on a burning question in South Africa: how did women survive, care for others, and live through the many traumas of apartheid? I was interested in looking for ways to dismantle the polished narratives that circulate and are so often taken as…
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