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Psychiater
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Zorglijnen complex trauma en persoonlijkheidsstoornissen
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NtVP bestuurslid Maartje Schoorl bekleedt per 1 mei de bijzondere leerstoel ‘Psychologische Beroepsopleidingen in de Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg met nadruk op evidence-based interventies’ aan de Universiteit Leiden. Haar benoeming door de Stichting Postdoctorale Opleidingen Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg PDO-GGZ Leiden/Rotterdam is voor een periode van vijf jaar.

This brief report presents a review of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and its feasibility as a trauma therapy for PTSD in LMICs. First, we present a brief overview of PE as a first-line treatment for PTSD. Second, using South Africa as a case example, we present a brief overview of traumatic stress in South Africa and how mental healthcare has developed since the abolishment of apartheid in 1994. Lastly, we discuss the challenges pertaining to the dissemination and implementation of PE in LMICs and propose future perspectives regarding the implementation of ESTs such as PE in LMICs.

Caregivers play a key role in the success of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT). Yet, the effect of their alliance on treatment outcomes besides the other parties in treatment has hardly been studied. This study examined the working alliance (WA) of therapists, patients and caregivers in TF-CBT and its contribution on treatment outcome over time.

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience dissociative symptoms. The question of whether these dissociative symptoms negatively influence the effectiveness of psychotherapy for PTSD is unresolved. The aim of this meta-analysis was to determine the influence of dissociative symptoms on psychotherapy outcome in PTSD.

This study aimed to explore posttraumatic growth (PTG) in displaced Syrians in the UK, using a mixed-methods approach. Fifty-four Syrian adults in the UK who left Syria as result of the war were recruited online to complete the PTG-Inventory. Five participants with high PTG scores were interviewed via Skype to explore their experiences of PTG. Interviews were analyzed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Results showed that displaced Syrians in the UK experience high levels of PTG. Major themes were valuing others more, pursuing a new career path, discovering inner strength, appreciation of life and detachment from it, and strengthened belief.

Young people who flee their countries are already at greater risk of developing mental-health problems than is the general population. Migration itself is known to be a factor in developing such disorders — but many refugees also experience violent and life-threatening events before and during their flight. The latest study is the first to try to quantify how these events affect psychiatric problems — and it finds that the risk of developing mental-health problems, and their severity, rises significantly with each accumulated trauma a person has experienced.

Renske Millecam (25) heeft posttraumatische stressstoornis (PTSS) en anorexia. Door alle coronamaatregelen heeft ze minder te doen en meer tijd om te piekeren. “De eetstoornis krijgt veel meer ruimte. Iedere week wordt het erger in mijn hoofd. Ik heb veel meer tijd om na te denken over mijn lichaamsbeeld.”

De stof anandamide – vaak aangeduid als lichaamseigen marihuana – blijkt een rol te spelen bij het laten vervagen van herinneringen aan een angstige gebeurtenis. Dat ontdekte een internationaal team onder leiding van Leids scheikundige Mario van der Stelt. De resultaten zijn gepubliceerd in Nature Chemical Biology en bieden aanknopingspunten voor de behandeling van angststoornissen als PTSS.

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