PTSD Understood: A multi-media journey

PTSD is the anxiety disorder that we investigate and study to satisfy the “anxiety disorder” component of the IB psychology learning outcomes.

Your Task:  You must go online to discover 1 article as well as 1 youtube video that elucidates the symptoms of PTSD but in a way that gives you true insight into the disorder. I do not want you to go to wikipedia and cite a list. I want you to read personal accounts, exposes by large news magazines (Time, Rolling Stone, NY TIMES, etc). I want you to develop EMPATHY via your reading and watching. 

After you have completed the above, comment on this blog post with the following commentary: 

“This article was valuable to my comprehension of PTSD as an anxiety disorder because….”  as well as “This video was valuable to my comprehension of PTSD as an anxiety disorder because….” 

Additionally, provide the links to both the article and the video in your comment. If for some reason you’re not allowed to comment on this post, address the aforementioned in a word document!!

Treatment for Depression Understood


As far as the IB is concerned, there are 4 main types of treatment for disorders: Biomedical, Individual, Group & Eclectic.

By far, the most popular treatment practiced today is the Eclectic Approach to treatment which is a combination of 2 or more of the above.

However there is growing research supporting alternative treatment forms such as sleep therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and exercise.  These treatments are the focus of much recent research:

You should be familiar with research supporting all the above approaches.  The learning activity below will aide you in this acquisition of knowledge:

Treatment Activity

Check out the AWESOME treatment project that 2 students did!

Biological Evidence of PTSD

Interesting article below elucidating recent studies on specific opiate receptors in brain that are active/inactive in patients with PTSD and the hope that greater understanding of brain regions involved in PTSD could lead to a more specific treatment. The lead doctor writes:

“Our study points toward a more personalized treatment approach for people with a specific symptom profile that’s been linked to a particular neurobiological abnormality,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr. Alexander Neumeister, co-director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, in an NYU news release. “Understanding more about where and how symptoms of PTSD manifest in the brain is a critical part of research efforts to develop more effective medications and treatment modalities.”