Trauma & Addiction: Crash Course Psychology #31

Trauma & Addiction: Crash Course Psychology #31



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So, what do Batman and J.R.R. Tolkien have in common? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It used to be called “Shellshock” and it can be really really really destructive. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank lays out the low down on PTSD and how trauma can affect the brain. Plus, a look at how addiction can play into trauma and the different types of treatments used to help those afflicted.


Table of Contents:

PTSD: Causes and Symptoms 01:57:18
How Trauma Can Affect the Brain 05:12:09
Addiction 07:08:18
Trauma and Addiction 07:41:17
Dual Treatment Model 08:24:07
Post-Traumatic Growth 06:31:00
The Wise Frodo Baggins 00:00


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September 22, 2014 / 21 Comments / by / in
  • V M

    Check out Dr. Joy de Gruy on PTSD

  • I have PTSD and was sexually abused by a family member, but I can't tell anyone because it would destroy my family, and I can't afford to have that tension, custody issues, and financial problems in my house so I just deal with it.

  • Do you think there is any "software" in our brain? Or everything is "hardware"?

  • Just makes me wonder what causes Autism in some people, the kind of emotional burden that they had to deal with and then just couldn't let go of that remedy, and the remedy becomes a obsession 😔

  • I think I'm addicted to sugar.. it's weird

  • I got attacked by 17 people mid night in a dark room. Was roped in a miserable way. To this day I get flashbacks. My heartbeat quickens at the knocking of a door, a baby crying, people shouting. Can anyone tell me what is it and what do I need to do?

  • i had an internet friend with ptsd. i treated him well, and we became friends. one day, i became obsessed, chatting just to see him. one day, me and my friends got into an argument, and because he was so sensitive he left. i got angry at myself and others, along with going through some type of grief. i just wanted to get that off my chest.

  • L

    I saw Batman in the thumbnail, I clicked.

  • Thank you! I always wondered why LOTR were my favorite book. Now I know why.

  • you should have mentioned Victor Frankel one of the best post traumatic growths he accomplished

  • same

  • I spent most of this video in tears and am fighting to hold in the sobs until I thank you for it.

  • I have PTSD and am a recovering alcoholic. I go to two things to escape my pain… Comedy and fantasy (such as LOTR). Ill watch stand up and read/play warcraft/ warhammer.

  • The mind is unique

  • The tank you showed in the World War 1 animation was actually a World War II tank call the panther tanks were in their infancy during World War II.

  • There are plenty of people get addicted to church and praying in response to trauma.

  • I guess I have ptsd symptoms due to social alienation at a young age. that's what I'm told.
    probably 1% of the intensity of real ptsd though.
    and yeah growth happened.

  • that crying brain looks really sad

  • Is it posible for a person to be addicted to YouTube videos to forget haunting anxiety thoughts?

    Asking for a friend 🙄

  • I watch this channel more than Netflix & TV

  • Is there a crash course for ADHD?

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