Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

In light of the recent Christchurch attacks, Professor Richard Bryant discusses the psychological risks of media exposure to traumatic events and provides suggestions for coping and treatment.

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Prof Richard Bryant has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his outstanding research on psychological responses to trauma.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Firefighters

Professor Richard Bryant discusses the nature and treatment of PTSD in fire fighters to the International Association of Fire Fighters at the Redmond Health and Safety Symposium in Vancouver. 

ABC News Lateline: Why ageing makes PTSD worse for some war veterans

In this segment, Professor Richard Bryant discusses how complications of ageing can impact symptoms of PTSD in elderly war veterans. 

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'Time and Refugee Status Determination'

The Kaldor Centre hosted it's annual conference focusing on Refugees. This year, Professor Richard Bryant and Belinda Liddell spoke about pathways to trauma recovery for Refugees. If you'd like to have a listen, press play on the link below.

Prof Richard Bryant was awared the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia in 2016 for analysing the impact of major disasters and his work investigating posttraumatic stress disorder. Learn more about this achievement and what the clinic have been working on here.

Professor Richard Bryant received Australia’s highest non-military honour – the Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2016. 

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ABC Radio: Treating PTSD in Journalists, Presented by Richard Aedy
The particular demands of journalism mean that news professionals who contract PTSD get it differently from other people.  Professor Richard Bryant discusses the unique challenges journalists face and comments on treatment for PTSD in journalists.

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Rural Health Education Foundation: Natural Disasters and Psychological Trauma

The Rural Health Education Foundation produced the program above examining the psychological impact of natural disasters in Australia. Professors Richard Bryant and Brett McDermott with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health discuss the Australian Treatment Guidelines for both immediate and long-term trauma response to natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and fires.

ABC Catalyst: Blast Trauma

Virtual Reality treatment has achieved a remarkable 85% success rate for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's now hoped it may also help with more mild brain injury - the signature injury of the Iraq War. Combat soldiers suffering from PTSD experience a variety of symptoms including high anxiety, depression, memory loss and heightened aggression. Unable to resume normal life after their return from war, many of them cannot shake off the memories of their horrific experiences.

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Studio 10: Comments on PTSD

UNSW Magazine: UNIKEN Thursday, 8 September, 2011

Interview with Professor Richard Bryant regarding the genetic role in PTSD.

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ABC Radio: All in the Mind, Presented by Natasha Mitchell

Interview with Professor Richard Bryant and Dr. Debbie Hawker regarding psychological debriefing as a response to trauma exposure. 

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National Health and Medical Research Council: Ten of the Best Research Projects of 2010

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Prolonged Grief

The Conversation: Why Prolonged Grief Should be Listed as a Mental Disorder
October 26, 2012

Professor Richard Bryant discusses why Prolonged Grief should be listed as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-V).

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ABC Radio: Life Matters, Presented by Richard Aedy

Interview with Professor Richard Bryant, Janet Salli and Peter Roach regarding Prolonged Grief Disorder and the Traumatic Stress Clinic's approach to treatment.

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UNSW Newsroom: New Hope for Prolonged Grief
 March 28 2008

Some people grieve for so long that it becomes a significant mental illness. Learn more about prolonged grief and the research being conducted by the Traumatic Stress clinic by reading the article here.