What is going to change in the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis in the 5th edition of the psychiatry ‘bible’, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?
The DSM-5 is to be published in May this year but some information on the changes starts to trickle through…
Below are the most important changes, drawn from a handout of the American Psychiatric Association:
1. PTSD will no longer be classified as an anxiety disorder. It will fall under the new ‘Trauma- and Stress-or-Related Disorders’. Continue reading
Have you got the conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in your diary yet? It is a biannual meeting with a great mix of presentations and workshops. This year it takes place in beautiful Bologna, June 6th – 9th. The theme is “Trauma and its Clinical Pathways: PTSD and Beyond.”
It has two very nice events for early career researchers / professionals: Paper in a Day – after the success at the ISTSS meeting we now also propose it at ESTSS - and the Young Minds Event, to share your ideas and network with renowned trauma experts.
More details are below, feel free to put any questions about the events in the comments. And please share the invitation with others who may be interested Continue reading
A few people have asked me what the cuddly monkey stands for on this blog and since it’s an important picture for me, I’d like to share its story.
When people finish their PhD in the Netherlands, they print it in book form and send it to colleagues, friends, and family. This practice has developed into a serious business and the books do a great job as ‘extended business cards’.
One of the toughest decisions in the publication process regards the cover (other people may argue the font, and a few may think that there are no tough decisions left after having finished a PhD manuscript ). Continue reading
We’ll be back with new posts on interesting research findings, conference highlights, and links to online resources from January 14th, 2013. Our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!
I wrote this blogpost for those involved in the tragedy in Newtown. A few days ago, it was sadly directly relevant again, for the survivors of the attacks in Boston. And today (18/4), it goes for the survivors in Texas. Please find resources below and let me know if you have any questions.
An extended version of this blogpost has been published on the Huffington Post.
With the storm of media attention for the terrible events and the enormous social media response, it may be difficult to tell what is evidence-informed advice and which are well-intended-but-ungrounded tips.
Therefore, below is a quick and limited overview of links that can be trusted: Continue reading