Post-Traumatic Stress Specialist Aiea HI

PTSD (post'traumatic stress disorder) has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Val J. Umphress
(808) 372-8572
98-211 Pali Momi Street
Aiea, HI
Services
Cultural Diversity Issues, Individual Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Psychological Assessment
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Brigham Young University
Credentialed Since: 1998-02-06

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Eileen Marie Gupton
(808) 484-1190
98-084 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Mississippi
Credentialed Since: 2011-04-14

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Edward Bieda
(808) 453-5953
98-288 Kaonohi Street
Aiea, HI
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Hawaii
Credentialed Since: 2007-11-29

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Herbert M. Gupton
(808) 484-1190 or (808) 630-7011
98-084 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Mississippi
Credentialed Since: 1988-09-01

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North Shore Mental Health
(808) 484-9359
99-128 Aiea Heights Dr
Aiea, HI
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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Noelle Yuen
(808) 488-0898
98-211 Pali Momi St Ste 414
Aiea, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Harry T.g. Chingon
(808) 484-9200
98-211 Pali Momi St
Aiea, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Brian S. Goodyear
(808) 486-2443
98-211 Pali Momi St, # 707
Aiea, HI
Services
Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Hawaii - Manoa
Credentialed Since: 1991-10-29

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Roger S. Hamada
(808) 488-7001
98-211 Pali Momi Street
Aiea, HI
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Hawaii - Manoa
Credentialed Since: 1991-02-06

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Carol E Minn
(808) 453-5953
860 Fourth St
Pearl City, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Spotlight on Post-Traumatic Stress

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By Julia Van Tine

In her freshman year in college, Laura Curry was raped at a party. Dazed, she wandered the neighborhood until her friends found her. She told no one, and the rapist was never charged.

A few months later the flashbacks began, once while she was kissing a man on a bed. “When he rolled into a position similar to the rapist’s, I freaked,” says Laura, today 39 and a fitness trainer in Minneapolis. “That’s when I knew I needed help.”

Laura consulted a therapist, but talking about the problem didn’t help, she says, and she soon terminated their sessions. The flashbacks continued, and in her sophomore year, another therapist diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric ailment that can occur after experiencing—or even witnessing—a life-threatening event. In the next six years she graduated, landed a job and climbed the corporate ladder, married, and divorced. She also went through seven therapists.

PTSD has always been associated with combat veterans, but as Laura’s story suggests, they’re not the only victims. In fact, as many as 70 percent of us experience or witness an event that can trigger PTSD—a car crash, a rape, a crime, a natural disaster, abuse. And up to 10 percent of Americans will suffer from it at some point, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms can include flashbacks, jumpiness, insomnia, nightmares, guilt, and emotional numbness. Women are affected twice as often as men, perhaps because they’re more likely to experience the kinds of trauma, like rape and abuse, that can cause PTSD.

It’s not clear why some people develop the disorder and others don’t, but researchers say the brains of sufferers tend to have higher-than-normal levels of stress hormones. The job of one of these, norepinephrine, is to activate the hippocampus, the part of the brain that governs long-term memory. When the hippocampus gets flooded with too much of this chemical, the result may be searing memories experienced as flashbacks or intrusive thoughts.

There’s no standard treatment for PTSD. Some patients benefit from antidepressants, others from different forms of therapy, such as the cognitive-behavioral approach, which aims to change how we feel and behave by changing how we think.

And recently therapists have begun combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with New Age relaxation techniques—with striking results. One theory is that these treatments work by bypassing the more evolved parts of the brain, which govern thought and speech, and engaging its primitive areas, where images, physical sensations, and feelings are experienced.

“It’s in the sensory and emotional channels of the primitive brain where most of the trauma is processed,” says psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek, a pioneer in the use of guided imagery who wrote Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, and created programs used to help victims of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombings, and the Columbine tragedy. ...

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