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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

Why Me? Why Now? Abstract Thinking Predicts the Development of PTSD Symptoms in Student Paramedics
Posted on 12/15/2021 by Aimee McKinnon, PhD, DClinPsy, Hjördis Lorenz, PhD, Paul Salkovskis, PhD, & Jennifer Wild, DClinPsy
Imagine that you are a student paramedic. You arrive at the scene of an accident, recognise symptoms that you learnt about recently, but you cannot remember what you need to do next. What might go through your head? You might be thinking: "Why do I always struggle to remember important stuff? Why is this happening to me? What if I never learn this stuff?”
Lifelong trauma sequelae: Complex PTSD in a new lifespan model
Posted on 12/06/2021 by Andreas Maercker, MD, PhD, Myriam Thoma, PD, PhD, Shauna Rohner, PhD, & Florence Bernays, MSc
In addition to the core symptoms of “classic” PTSD, patients with complex PTSD are also affected by specific disturbances in self-organization. A couple of theoretical ideas exist on the development of complex PTSD. However, there are still few empirically tested models. ​The developmental model of this study focuses on specific risk factors that are associated with the full range of symptoms of complex PTSD, such as the type and extent of trauma and maltreatment in childhood, attachment difficulties, and social-interpersonal processes.
President's Message
StressPoints
Posted on 12/02/2021 by Eric Bui, MD, PhD, ISTSS President
This is my final StressPoints column as ISTSS President, and I would like to highlight that serving in this role over the past year has been a privilege and an honor. I would like to also take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all those who supported me in this (unexpected) role over the past year.