Parental PTSD affects health behavior and aging among offspring of Holocaust survivors

A new study on intergenerational transmission of trauma has found evidence that Holocaust survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their adult offspring exhibit more unhealthy behavior patterns and age less successfully in comparison to survivors with no signs of PTSD or parents who did not experience the Holocaust and their offspring.

Now that they are mostly middle aged or older adults, offspring of Holocaust survivors may be assessed to determine whether ancestral trauma lingers on to affect their aging process. The results can provide important data not just about Holocaust survivors and their offspring, but also in general about aging individuals who were exposed to massive trauma.

Prof. Amit Shrira, of Bar-Ilan University’s Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, studied more than 187 dyads of parents, including some who survived the Holocaust and some who weren’t exposed to the Holocaust, and their adult offspring (374 individuals in total).

Full story at Science Daily

Quantum Units Education: Discontinued CE Courses

Due to the age of the material, the following courses will be removed from the Quantum library on 3/2/2018. After this date you will be unable to take these courses for CE Credit.

Use our discount code of CEUs4You and receive 10% off our discontinuing courses.

1. Responding to Grief and Trauma After A Suicide

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Conversion disorder: What you need to know

Conversion disorder is when a person experiences temporary physical symptoms, such as blindness or paralysis, that do not have a physical cause.

While the exact cause of conversion disorder is unknown, researchers believe it occurs in response to stressful situations or trauma.

In this article, learn about the common symptoms and treatment, as well as when to see a doctor.

Full story at Medical News Today

Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Skills for Psychological Recovery Following Disaster and Trauma

Individuals affected by a disaster or traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges in the weeks and months following the event.  This CE course is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities.

Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults

This CE course provides evidence-based recommendations for prescribing psychotherapeutic medication to treat severe mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia, and to inform and support health care professionals in making treatment decisions that maximize benefit and minimize harm to patients.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity

This CEU course provides background on key developments in parity, explains what MHPAEA and the ACA require, discusses the impact of recent parity policy changes, and offers an overview of enforcement activities.  Also included are recommendations offered by the Task Force to advance parity in mental health and substance use disorder health benefits.

For more information on these new courses and many more, visit Quantum Units Education

Study to Follow Children Through Teen Years to Look at Development, Substance Use

A new nationwide study will follow thousands of children for 10 years, starting in elementary school, in an attempt to answer questions about the risks and protective factors for adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, brain structure and function, and many other variables.

By starting with youth before adolescence, the scientists will be able to assess the effects of the age of different experiences (trauma, poor nutrition, substance use) on brain development.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will begin with 11,500 children ages 9 and 10, before they start substance use, at 19 sites around the country. Recruitment for the trial is scheduled to launch in September.

Full story of tracking children aging exposure to substance abuse  at drugfree.org