Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Adding to the Terror of PTSD Symptoms

October 12, 2018

Tags: PTSD

While nightmares and flashbacks are frightening enough, another symptom is worse: agitated (anxiety-laden) depression which can seem never-ending. This feeling of being alone and helpless arouses from infancy, a period when the child is completely dependent on their parents for survival. Gradually, the child's mind creates an image of an all-nurturing parent who, when (more…)

PTSD and Soldier Panic

November 15, 2016

Tags: PTSD, soldier, military, panic

The experience of panic, which often occurs in PTSD sufferers, is the feeling of confronting overwhelming danger even if none exists. The prototype for this is the infant’s state of helplessness when intense anxiety is experienced over which they have no control.
During development, the child learns to use their anxiety in a (more…)

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Affects the Body

July 11, 2016

Tags: PTSD, stress, trauma

“Allostasis” reflects the body’s normal ability to function despite stress. The “allostatic load” is the hidden price paid when the person is under continuing stress. This causes alteration (dysregulation) of the body’s stress-response system, reducing its customary, adequate processes of containment. Thus, individuals who have been exposed to traumatic stress tend to (more…)

Psychotherapists Who Will Likely Fail in Their Treatment of Soldiers Suffering From PTSD

June 24, 2016

Tags: PTSD, soldier, military, psychotherapist

1. Therapists possess varying society derived attitudes toward the military ranging from gratitude and respect to abhorrence and scorn. Those therapists holding the latter views would be unsuccessful.
2. Therapists who believe that veterans seeking treatment for PTSD do so primarily to gain compensation.
3. Therapists who hold the view that soldiers, rather than being patriotic, are blood-lusting savages who relish war (more…)

Reasons Why Soldiers Can Grow to Love War

June 9, 2016

Tags: war, soldier, PTSD, battle

1. It is a time of great intensity when feelings are heightened and life takes on new meaning.
2. During wartime, sports terminology such as “winning” and “losing” are used, battle thus being experienced as a game.
3. War allows soldiers great freedom to behave without fear of punishment, even to engage in acts which are ordinarily (more…)

Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder Explained Briefly

May 8, 2015

Tags: PTSD, military

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms reflect the mind's healthy attempt to heal itself, to re-integrate and, in this way, to regain the adequacy of functioning that it possessed before experiencing unbearable stress. PTSD also reflects that the mind has limited capacities.