Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part 2)

On Wellbeing, we are presenting a 14-week series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr Shaili Jain MD, from Stanford University, California. Dr Jain is a psychiatrist, author and trauma scientist specialising in PTSD. She is an internationally recognised leader in communicating information to the public about PTSD having done so through CNN, BBC, The New York Times, TEDx and now on the Wellbeing podcast. Her book The Unspeakable Mind has been met with acclaim and was nominated for a National Book Award.

“I think the crux of the problem (with PTSD) is because it is an invisible wound, because it’s not obvious to the untrained eye that you are suffering…whenever we have that situation there is always a lot of stigma” – Dr Jain on this episode of Wellbeing

In this episode, Dr Jain talks about how the brain pathways of those with PTSD are different to those without it, how people of different ages react to traumatic events differently, what kind of traumatic events typically bring on PTSD, how to managed PTSD in older generations, and the innovation of using apps to help people with PTSD. 


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part 1)

In this episode we spoke with international PTSD expert Professor Alexander McFarlane from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

About 4.4% of the Australian population have a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So, it is a far more common condition than people would have thought.
– Prof. McFarlane

About 4.4% of the Australian population have a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So, it is a far more common condition than people would have thought.
– Prof. McFarlane

Prof. McFarlane’s research has focused on PTSD in military veterans, emergency service personnel and disaster victims having published over 250 articles and co-aurthored three books on the subject. In 2011, Professor McFarlane received the Officer of the Order of Australia Award in the Australia Day Honours List for his outstanding contributions to medical research in the field of PTSD.

In this episode, Professor McFarlane talks about what exactly PTSD is, the prevalence of it in society, how genetics can make people more likely to develop PTSD, how PTSD changes the brain and how people can manage their PTSD.


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