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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.

Trauma Blog

Comparative Efficacy of Commonly Used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinical Protocols for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression
Posted on 05/17/2021 by Christiana R. Faucher & Noah S. Philip
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is highly prevalent among US Military Veterans and is often accompanied by major depressive disorder  (Magruder et al., 2005). These disorders can significantly impact the social functioning, employment, and even physical health of Veterans (Kessler, 2000; Shalev et al., 2017). While medications and therapies have proven efficacious for the treatment of PTSD, many who undergo these treatments continue to experience symptoms and side effects (Watts et al., 2013). Increasingly, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is being used to augment standard treatment. 
 
Treating PTSD in the context of increased risk for suicide with cognitive processing therapy
Posted on 05/07/2021 by Erika Roberge, Julia Harris, Harrison Weinstein, and David Rozek
Many providers experience reluctance to directly address trauma-related symptoms and disorders out of fear that they may push the client too far and trigger strong emotional reactions and/or behavioral dysregulation. This fear can be exacerbated for the significant portion of clients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who also experience suicidal thoughts (SI) and behaviors. 
The Transgenerational Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes: System and Ecology of Trauma
Posted on 04/16/2021 by Elena Cherepanov, PhD, LMHC
This blog piece introduces ground concepts aiming to overcome fragmentation in individual, collective, and transgenerational trauma studies.