Prevalence and correlates of self-stigma in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

BACKGROUND: Self-stigma refers to the internalisation of negative societal views and stereotypes. Self-stigma has been well-characterised in the context of mental disorders such as schizophrenia but has received little attention in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


OBJECTIVE: This work aimed to determine the prevalence of self-stigma in a sample of adults with PTSD and to establish factors associated with the internalisation of stigma in this population.


Recovering from COVID-19 : psychological sequelae and post-traumatic growth six months after discharge

Background: Clinical and scientific evidence has shown that a range of long-lasting symptoms can persist in the post-virological period. However, little is known about the psychological sequelae of patients hospitalized for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


A meta-analysis of the association between shame and dissociation

Shame and dissociation have been implicated theoretically and empirically in trauma exposure and its sequelae, with shame understood as an intense negative emotion and dissociation as a reaction to intense negative emotions. Understanding the connection between shame and dissociation is important for theory and practice; however, the strength of this association remains unclear. For example, in therapy, both shame and dissociation serve as a barrier to engaging with emotion.


Translating promise into practice : a review of machine learning in suicide research and prevention

In ever more pressured health-care systems, technological solutions offering scalability of care and better resource targeting are appealing. Research on machine learning as a technique for identifying individuals at risk of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and death has grown rapidly. This research often places great emphasis on the promise of machine learning for preventing suicide, but overlooks the practical, clinical implementation issues that might preclude delivering on such a promise.

Impact on routine psychiatric diagnostic practice from implementing the DSM-5 cultural formulation interview : a pragmatic RCT in Sweden


Culture and social context affect the expression and interpretation of symptoms of distress, raising challenges for transcultural psychiatric diagnostics. This increases the risk that mental disorders among migrants and ethnic minorities are undetected, diagnosed late or misdiagnosed. We investigated whether adding a culturally sensitive tool, the DSM-5 core Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), to routine diagnostic procedures impacts the psychiatric diagnostic process.




“I lost so much more than my partner” : Bereaved partners’ grief experiences following suicide or physician-assisted dying in case of a mental disorder


There is a lack of existing research on grief following the intentional death of people suffering from a mental disorder. Our study aims to provide insight into grief experiences and social reactions of bereaved persons who lost their life partners, who were suffering from a mental disorder, to physician-assisted dying (PAD) or suicide.


The role of social support in the aftermath of victimization : Interpersonal aspects of coming to terms with a victimization experience

Enduring a serious victimization experience significantly affects the social fabric of individuals and their surroundings. People suffering similar or even the same forms of victimization have vastly different experiences of the event and its aftermath (Ten Boom & Kuijpers, 2012). However, there is a common need for sense-making in the aftermath of such an experience, including a search for explanations of and meaning in the event (Aarten et al., 2020; Crossley 2000; Pemberton et al., 2019b).


Sleep spindle dynamics suggest over-consolidation in post-traumatic stress disorder

Devastating and persisting traumatic memories are a central symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sleep problems are highly co-occurrent with PTSD and intertwined with its etiology. Notably, sleep hosts memory consolidation processes, supported by sleep spindles (11-16 Hz). Here we assess the hypothesis that intrusive memory symptoms in PTSD may arise from excessive memory consolidation, reflected in exaggerated spindling.