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The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

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Death Notification: Challenges for Health Care Providers and Other Professionals
Posted on 04/04/2020 by Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., Rafael F. Zuleta, B.S., Brian W. Flynn, Ed.D.
Although the phrase, death is a part of life, is commonly stated, discussions about death and informing those who are impacted by it remain uncomfortable topics for professionals. Recently, researchers at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress created an informational guide titled Notifying Family Members After Unexpected Deaths: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers that is readily available online:
LGBT Service Members Report More Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Stalking than their Cisgender Heterosexual Peers
Posted on 04/01/2020 by Ashley Schuyler, Cary Leonard Klemmer, Mary Marney, Sheree Schrager, Jeremy Goldbach, Ian Holloway, & Carl Castro
In the United States military, approximately 1 in 16 service members identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB), or transgender (Meadows et al., 2018). Military environments marked by sexual prejudice and discrimination can create an atmosphere where acts of sexual harassment and assault are normalized (Castro et al., 2015; Hunter, 2007; Sadler et al., 2003). Understanding the burden of sexual and stalking victimization among LGBT service members is crucial for military leaders, as well as clinicians and researchers working to promote and protect LGBT service members’ well-being.
Does Depression Symptom Severity Influence Response to PTSD Treatment among Older Male Veterans?
Posted on 03/30/2020 by Kristen Walters
As it has become widely known, PTSD and depression often go hand-in-hand among civilians and Service members alike, but particularly so among veterans. Specifically, there is an estimated comorbidity rate of 50% between PTSD and major depressive disorder (MDD) among civilians (Rytwinski, Scur, Feeny, & Youngstrom, 2013) and Active Duty Service Members (Walter, Levine, Highfill-McRoy, Navarro, & Thomsen, 2018), with slightly higher rates among veterans (Rytwinski et al., 2013).