Finding ways to help people recover from a ‘moral injury’

Finding ways to help people recover from a  ‘moral injury’Being able to forgive yourself plays an important role While moral injury and post-traumatic stress-related disorders can affect anyone, veterans and military service members are at a higher risk of developing such conditions due to the nature of their service. “We appreciate that these groups are exposed to higher rates of potentially traumatic events than…

Are you affected by business traumatic stress disorder?

Many owners are traumatized by insistent bankers, creditors, suppliers and landlords

Are you affected by business traumatic stress disorder?Jim was visibly upset when he sat down for our coaching session. He told me that, the previous day, one of his staff had yelled at him during a meeting with his team members. He, too, lost his cool when the staff member “freaked out at him,” but he eventually walked away. This wasn’t the…

Researchers can identify people with PTSD through text data alone

Machine learning model has potential to be developed into an accessible and cost-effective tool

Researchers can identify people with PTSD through text data aloneUniversity of Alberta researchers have trained a machine learning model to identify people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with 80 per cent accuracy by analyzing the text those people wrote. The model could one day serve as an accessible and inexpensive screening tool to support health professionals in detecting and diagnosing PTSD or other mental health…

Canada must explore use of psychedelics in mental-health treatment

Mushrooms show long-term benefits in those who suffer from treatment-resistant depression

Canada must explore use of psychedelics in mental-health treatmentRegardless of where one stands on legalizing psychedelics for mental-health treatment, Canada is late to the party when it comes to relaxing federal regulations. And given the disturbing rise (and costs of treating) trauma, depression and other mental health disorders worldwide, we better speed up. University researchers, consumers, investors and private-sector companies aren’t waiting for…

VR technology could reveal how the brain forms memories

Understanding how the brain forms real-world memories has been elusive

When you think of a vivid personal memory, you don’t merely recall the bare facts of what happened – you remember additional details like the emotions you felt, perhaps where you were standing when things unfolded, scents and sounds in the air. “Memories play such a key component in shaping who we are,” said Peggy St.…

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever, says Roméo Dallaire

Former UN commander leads ‘critical conversations’ on impact of moral injury

The term “moral injury” is relatively recent in our understanding of trauma. When Canada’s Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire led United Nations peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that took a million lives over 100 days, few Canadians beyond the military were aware of the severe psychological damage that witnessing such moral…

How burned out are you and what can be done about it?

Finding a leader who’s not burnt out by COVID-related uncertainty is like finding a unicorn

How burned out are you and what can be done about it?If you’re in a leadership position and feeling burned out, you’re not alone. It seems weekly leaders tell me they’re fatigued, exhausted or burned out. I’m not surprised. In fact, as we prepare for the seemingly endless next waves of COVID-19, finding a leader who’s not tired of the uncertainty is like finding a unicorn…

Research into memory could help treat people with PTSD

Could help to make PTSD memories less disturbing

Research into memory could help treat people with PTSDAltering traumatic memories in a way that eases their burden could be the key to treating survivors of post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, according to one of the University of Alberta’s newest Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Peggy St. Jacques, a psychology researcher in the Faculty of Science and CRC in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory,…

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing traumatic events

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?Traumatic Stress Disorder, once called shell shock, is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening or traumatic events. Military action is the most commonly discussed experience that can lead to this disorder, but it can occur after natural disasters, terrorist incidents, accidents or violent assaults. This disorder has likely been around…

Overcoming mental health issues – and the stigma surrounding them

We have a long way to go in improving the understanding of mental health issues and in serving those who have them, but people like DeMar DeRozan are helping

Overcoming mental health issues – and the stigma surrounding themIt’s becoming more clear than ever that mental health issues are very real and very prevalent in our society. There are few of us who aren’t impacted, either by living or working with people who struggle, or dealing with our own mental well-being. Mental health issues are nothing new. Soldiers returned from war 100 years…