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How Investigators Can Work With Victim’s of Sexual Trauma

There is a vast array of events that can fall under the definition of trauma. Some are, for the most part, unavoidable such as natural disasters. Trauma experienced after a natural disaster can affect anyone within the scope of the disaster regardless of age or gender. Then there are traumas that happen because of abuse. Like with natural disasters, trauma because of abuse can affect anyone of any age or gender. But these are largely preventable, though not usually by the victim. And then there is sexual trauma. “Sexual violence and aggression are some of the most stressful of all human life experiences” (Shors et...

Could Mental Health be a Group Effort?

As any parent or caregiver can attest, the emotions displayed in a young child are at times unexplainable and fickle. The attempts of adults to help children calm down, regain composure and avoid a complete meltdown can range from using a soothing voice, to distraction, to physically changing the current environment. This attempt at interfering and changing the emotional state of another is known in psychology as social emotional regulation. Social emotional regulation is defined as one person, known as the regulator, intentionally trying to change the emotions of another, known as the target (Reeck et al., 2016). According to Reeck et al., developmental research...

Support through Depression

It is not uncommon for people to feel down or sad after the excitement of the holidays have passed; the dark winter that seems to last forever can draw mood down; a recent loss or uncertainty about the future can also bring on a feeling of depression. These kinds of depression can be temporary. But for some people depression sticks around (Depression, 2016). Depression can affect anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression “is one of the most common disorders in the US” (Depression, 2016). The World Health Organization also reports that depression is one of the most common mental health...

The Significance Behind the Prevalence of Depression

Depression has started to reveal itself in a startling conglomeration of diverse examples.  While depression diagnoses in cancer patients isn’t uncommon, recent studies have found elevated levels of depression in cancer caregivers. Since the vast majority of Americans have been affected in someway by cancer, whether through individual struggles or experiences with loved-ones, these elevated depression numbers need to be closely observed. After close investigations, depressive symptoms were linked to physical health decline as “caregivers with high depressive symptoms showed twice the rate of physical health decline of caregivers with an average level of depressive symptoms” (Medical Press, 2017). Caregivers often go above and beyond...