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About Dr. David Yusko

Dr. David Yusko is a nationally recognized expert in Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE) for PTSD. Dr. Yusko is also an expert in anxiety disorders with particular expertise in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. He is also certified as an exposure and response prevention (EXRP) therapist and supervisor …

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Sexual Assault and Trauma in Women

Sexual assault is one of the most common causes of trauma and PTSD among women. While PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, in reality, around 50% of PTSD cases in the US are developed in the aftermath of sexual or physical violence.     Trauma Symptoms All survivors of sexual violence react differently, some with …

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1 out of 6 women are sexually assaulted

Managing Trauma Symptoms During Quarantine

If you struggled with mental health before the quarantine, it’s likely the current pandemic has not made those issues better. Many people are struggling with mental health and trauma issues more than ever because of COVID-19. Most people experience generalized anxiety, but some are experiencing worsened trauma symptoms, are being traumatized from isolation, or from …

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Dealing with Trauma on 4th of July

Holidays can be a bittersweet time for anyone with PTSD. While you may want to celebrate the holiday with your friends and family, often fireworks can trigger flashbacks and can prevent you from being able to relax and enjoy yourself.  On top of that, we are dealing with many other stressors on Independence Day. 4th …

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PTSD Symptom Checklist

The PTSD Symptom Checklist (PCL-5) is a symptom checking tool that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD. While this assessment does not provide a diagnosis for PTSD, it does help you to monitor how your symptoms change over time.

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How common is trauma?

Trauma is a common occurrence We often associate trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with military and combat veterans. In reality, 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Trauma can occur after experiencing a single life-threatening event, such as an accident or a natural …

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Common reactions to trauma

Pride and Awareness for LGBTQ Trauma

Celebrating Pride  We are nearly at the end of June, LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride is a celebration of positive acceptance, both of oneself and others, regardless of gender identification and sexual orientation. The celebration of pride includes promoting self-affirmation, advocating for equal rights, and encouraging society to actively prevent discrimination and violence.  While this movement …

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Racial Trauma & PTSD

Can racism cause PTSD? In short, yes. When traumatization is due to experiences of racism, it is sometimes called racial trauma. Those who experience racial trauma may go on to develop PTSD, but many will experience trauma symptoms without receiving an official diagnosis. There are many similarities between racial trauma and PTSD, including hypervigilance, flashbacks, …

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